Adrian Huff won a seat on the Bellmead City Council in last Saturday’s election. He will not be able to serve.
You see, 32 years ago, Mr. Huff was convicted of stealing a car. In Texas, someone with a felony on his or her record cannot hold elected office.
Neither article I read reports Mr. Huff’s age, but I’m guessing that 32 years ago he was a very young man. It is not at all unusual for young people to do pretty stupid things.
While I committed no felonies 30 years ago -which was my senior year of high school, I did things I regret. I can thing of some things well into my 20s that, had I to do it over again, I’d like to thin kI would have chosen differently.
But I didn’t. Fortunately for a lot of us over 40, we didn’t have facebook, myspace, and the like to record our immaturity for a world to see. Once done, it was, in fact done.
Mr. Huff’s wasn’t done; but he paid the debt he owed society. And apparently, has been a good citizen for the 32 years since. I think Adrian Huff ought to be allowed to serve. Or, at least, ought not be disallowed based on something he did 32 years ago.
But, then, I am a big fan of grace.