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Taylor County Court-at-Law No. 2 candidates vie for runoff win

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ABILENE, Texas - Republican candidates Harriett Haag and Kevin Willhelm are vying for the votes to be Taylor County Court-at-Law No. 2 judge.

Haag and Willhelm both attended Abilene Christian University before going to law school. Both have more than 20 years of experience -- Willhelm has 23 years under his belt and Haag has 32 years.

The election is Tuesday.

KTXS sat down with each candidate to find out why they say they're qualified to hold the seat.

Willhelm says his years of trying cases gives him a broad range of experience and a great perspective.

"I've practiced every area of law that County Court-at-Law No. 2 hears and handles," Willhelm said. "I practice in federal court and state courts all over the state of Texas."

Haag, currently a Taylor County prosecutor, said the work she does in that office has prepared her for the judge's seat.

"It gives me the experience and knowledge that only comes from the practice of law and from what I've been doing," Haag said.

The seat became open after the death of Judge Sam Carroll, who served for 11 years. Barbara Rollins, who served in the position from 1988 until her retirement in 2010, was chosen to fill the seat until the general election in November.

Willhelm has been endorsed by the Texas Home School Coalition and the Texas Right to Life organization. Haag's endorsements include the Abilene Police Officers Association and the Abilene Professional Firefighters Association.

Haag said she believes Taylor County voters are looking for a judge that will be objective.

"They expect me to be fair, honest, and to weigh the evidence as it comes in on both sides," Haag said

Willhelm believes voters want to elect a judge that is tough on crime but also understanding.

"Punishment should be of a nature that people learn from their mistakes and they grow from their mistakes and hopefully they don't repeat those same mistakes," Willhelm said.

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