November 2020 election: Meet the candidates for Hays County Court at Law No. 3

Two candidates are running for County Court at Law No. 3, incumbent Tacie Zelhart and challenger Millie Thompson. (Community Impact staff)
Two candidates are running for County Court at Law No. 3, incumbent Tacie Zelhart and challenger Millie Thompson. (Community Impact staff)

Two candidates are running for County Court at Law No. 3, incumbent Tacie Zelhart and challenger Millie Thompson. (Community Impact staff)



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Hays County Court at Law No. 3










Tacie Zelhart






Occupation: judge, Hays County Court at Law No. 3


Experience: current Court at Law No. 3 judge since Jan. 2019; licensed attorney for 18 years; Law Office of Tacie Zelhart 2006-2018 in Hays County; assistant district attorney 2002-2006, Harris County.






What would be your top priorities if you are elected?



TZ: I have a long history of standing up for those in need. I have specialized training and experience in handling cases involving mental illness and developmental disabilities. I started Hays County’s first Mental Health Specialty Court in 2019. I will continue to implement specialty courts and diversion programs to assist those in need of treatment and services. Specialty courts, like veteran’s and mental health courts, are proven to help reduce recidivism, allow for personal responsibility and help guide individuals to live productive, healthy lives outside of the criminal justice system. I will also continue to make the courts more efficient and accessible.








Millie Thompson






Occupation: attorney and small business owner


Experience: Law Office of Millie L. Thompson since 2010; representing all types of cases filed in Hays County Court at Law No. 3; civil rights attorney with experience arguing first, fourth and fourteenth amendment cases; argued criminal and civil rights cases in front of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, LA.






What would be your top priorities if you are elected?



MT: My first priority will be to meet with the bench and bar to discuss the best ways to keep the court’s docket moving to prevent unnecessary delays while ensuring everyone’s safety, and I will make sure that all the proper procedures are in place to protect the constitutional rights of those that must appear in the court.



By Warren Brown
Warren joined Community Impact at the beginning of 2020 as the editor of its New Braunfels paper and now reports the news in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. Warren previously wrote for the Dallas Observer and Fort Worth Weekly and he brings a passion for truth and equality to his reporting.