Brown County Attorney Shane Britton issued the following press release Monday:
Brown County Attorney Shane Britton announced today that he is running for Brown County Judge and will face County Judge Paul Lilly in the March Primary. Britton has been the County Attorney since January 1, 2001.
“I am excited to announce my candidacy for the office of Brown County Judge,” Britton said. “Working for the citizens of Brown County has been a true honor and I am extremely proud of the achievements we have made. However, the lack of leadership in the office of County Judge is a huge problem that must be addressed.”
“As County Judge I will work harder than ever to ensure complete and total transparency of all the business of the county, particularly in financial transactions; control the tax burdens on our citizens; and encourage citizen participation in the budgeting process. The money spent by the County is the taxpayer’s money, not the County Judge’s money, and the citizens need to tell the County Judge how they want it spent.”
“Additionally, I will reopen the County Court, that Judge Lilly has closed, to regular judicial activities. We simply cannot close one whole court and expect cases to be timely and efficiently heard”.
Britton, 55, moved to Brownwood in June 1997 when he took a position as Assistant District Attorney in Lee Haney’s office. He then became County Attorney on January 1, 2001. Since then, he has been reelected 5 times. During his time as County Attorney, the office has seen unprecedented success. Britton said “during my tenure we have successfully prosecuted over 26,000 criminal cases, hundreds of juvenile delinquency cases, over 1,000 Child Protective Services cases and collected more than $3 million in restitution for victims and local merchants. However, it is time to serve the community in a different way.”
Britton graduated from Abilene Christian University and Texas A&M University School of Law. Britton is a member of the State Bar of Texas and is admitted to practice in all Texas state courts.
Britton has been deeply involved in the community. He served on the boards of the Center for Life Resources (MHMR), Janie Clements Foundation, Texas Council of Community Centers, Cherokee Children’s Home, Heart of Texas Children’s Advocacy Center, and the Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center, as well as volunteering for many other organizations.
Britton and his family have attended Austin Avenue Church of Christ since 1997 where his wife has attended since her family moved to Brownwood in 1982.
Britton and his wife Paige (daughter of Les and Ann Fisher) have three daughters; Brooklyn who is an AP History teacher at Brownwood High School and is married to Reid Longabaugh; Chandler who is a freshman at Howard Payne University; and Berkeley who is a a senior at Brownwood High School.
Britton participated in his first Republican political event in 1979 when he served as an usher during the inauguration of Bill Clements as Governor of Texas and has been a proud Republican ever since. The primary election will be held in March of 2022.