Grand jury brings charges against Poole; he claimed ‘vendetta’
A candidate running for Fredericksburg City Council was indicted Monday, May 4 on two counts by a Gillespie County grand jury.
Michael (Mickey) Poole was indicted on a charge of illegal voting and tampering with governmental records.
Poole was arrested Tuesday and released after from the Gillespie County Jail on a $10,000 bond.
Illegal voting is considered a second-degree felony and the tampering with governmental records is a state-jail felony, according to public records from Gillespie County. Bond was set at $5,000 for each charge.
Poole told the Standard-Radio Post, he believed the charges were politically motivated. “This is about a vendetta and me gaining office and exposing the corruption that is up there,” Poole said. “I’m about as straight-laced and true blue a guy as there is. I will defend myself and work to be elected to the city council in November.”
Poole voted in the November 2019 city election involving an anti-fluoride referendum using a voter registration card listing his home address as 723 South Washington Street, the address of his former hotel, Comfort Inn & Suites.
Poole owns a home at 13210 Trautwein Road in Austin, a property that has a homestead exemption.
Poole’s company, RREP Ltd., has the same mailing address.
On Feb. 14, Poole signed a rental agreement for property in Fredericksburg with property owner Hill Country Memorial Hospital. On that same day, Poole submitted his candidacy statement for the Fredericksburg City Council, listing that address as his residence.
Fredericksburg’s city charter requires candidates to have lived in the city limits for at least 12 months prior to filing.
Poole is also party to the lawsuit against the city involving the proposed annexation of land to the east of Fredericksburg on U.S. Highway 290.
Court records show a pre-trial and arraignment hearing is set for June 11.
Poole blamed City Manager Kent Myers for bringing the charges as part of a vendetta.