It appears yet another Texas Democrat candidate has gotten in trouble with the law for failing to pay their property taxes.
Rhetta Bowers is the Democrat candidate running against Republican Jonathan Boos for the seat in the state legislature for the east Dallas County district currently held by State Rep. Cindy Burkett (R–Sunnyvale).
New documents uncovered by Texas Scorecard reveal that Bowers has been sued three different times by Nueces County for failure to pay property taxes on a beachside condo in Port Aransas that she purchased from her parents in 1997.
Bowers was sued for unpaid taxes in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Each case was resolved before it went to trial.
While it’s unclear from the court documents exactly how delinquent Bowers had become on the taxes for the Port Aransas property, in 2014 she obtained a $14,133 tax lien transfer on the condo, effectively taking out a loan for the due amount from Propel Financial Services, a financial institution specializing in property tax loans.
Bowers is only the latest Texas Democrat caught falling behind on her property taxes. In May, Lupe Valdez, the Democrat nominee for governor, found herself in the spotlight for failing to pay $12,000 in property taxes on seven properties in two counties. Such a pattern of behavior is particularly interesting in light of the party’s insistence on higher property taxes and against measures in the state legislature to offer property tax relief to everyday Texans
Ultimately, voters in Dallas county will make their decision in the general election, which will take place on November 8.
Texans for Fiscal Responsibility has endorsed Jonathan Boos.