Argyle Mayor’s Race Getting Interesting

By Melissa Newton, CBS 11 News

ARGYLE (CBSDFW.COM) – In the sleepy town of Argyle, with just about 3,000 residents, a political battle is brewing over the seat for mayor.

“I’m hoping to clean up the corruption that plagues our current council,” said Matt Smith, one of three candidates up for election.

But Smith, 36, not only has political ambitions, he has a criminal record.

He was arrested in January on charges of Driving While Intoxicated. The case is still pending. His attorney, Rick Hagen, said they’re fighting the charge.

“It’s an accusation at this point. We’re contesting it.” Hagen said, “It has absolutely nothing to do with Matt’s qualifications for mayor.”

“I had a meeting with my family and I talked to them about this, and I knew all of this would come up, ” Smith said of the charges, “but at the end of the day, I’m doing this for the citizens of Argyle.”

CBS 11 has learned Smith has a prior criminal history.  According to Denton County records, from 1996 to 2003, Smith was arrested several times on charges ranging from assault to criminal mischief.

“Happened when he was a young man, we’ve all made mistakes,” Hagen said, “but Matt has the Town of Argyle’s best interest at heart.”

But not all the charges date back as many years.  According to an affidavit from Newport, Oregon, Smith was arrested again in October 2010 for Disorderly Conduct.

“Short of admitting he was Satan himself, he would be better than what we have on the board right now,” said longtime Argyle resident and Smith supporter Scott Norton.
Norton questions the current Mayor, Greg Landrum, who is up for re-election, and the city council.

“We’ve seen transactions take place that are very questionable with the board and particular the mayor,” he said, “buying land and then selling it back to the City of Argyle at a $900,000 cost.”

Smith supporters directed CBS 11 to a website that claims the town bought the former Methodist Church, now Town Hall, from a company to which the mayor has ties, then later returned the mineral rights to Landrum.

Landrum though, said the deal was blown out of proportion and the transaction was not only transparent, but legal.

“When the church was actually closed on, I was not even a member of that partnership,” said Landrum, “The mineral rights that they’re talking about was a snafu by the title company, I had no part in that whatsoever.”

CBS 11 also checked the criminal histories of Landrum and the other candidate, City Councilwoman Dona Schroetke, who both have clean records.

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  1. Keepit Simple says:

    The last sentence of the article should be enough for anyone. Pick one of the people who isn’t a convicted criminal to be your mayor.

    1. Argyle Voter says:

      sometimes they are criminals that “simply” have not been convicted.

      1. KCMikals says:

        INDEED and AGREED!!

  2. TAMI PEEVEY says:

    WITH THE MEANS AND MONEY, PAST CAN DISAPPEAR. MATT HAS NOT TRIED TO HIDE HIS PAST. HE IS HUMAN AND HAS MADE MISTAKES. HE IS PART OF THE “LEARN THE HARD WAY” GROUP. WHICH WE ARE ALL IN. HE MUST HAVE REALLY STIRRED UP SOME FEAR IN THE TOWN OFFICIALS FOR THEM TO GO TO THESE MEANS TO DISCREDIT HIM. MATT SMITH IS THE ONE WE NEED AS MAYOR. HE IS A REAL PERSON THAT HAS ARGYLE’S BEST INTEREST IN MIND. THE PEOPLE WE HAVE IN OFFICE NOW ARE ONLY AFTER FINANCIAL GAIN. THEY WILL STRIP ARGYLE OF WHAT THEY CAN AND MOVE . MATT HAS BEEN HERE SINCE THE DAY HE WAS BORN AND WILL STILL BE HERE AFTER THE OTHERS. IF YOU WANT A MAYOR THAT WILL BE IN THE DIRT WITH EVERY PROJECT THE ARGYLE PEOPLE DECIDE TO DO. THEN YOU HAVE THE RIGHT MAN.

    1. Hallie Inge says:

      If Matt had been up front and told the people of Argyle before he decided to run for mayor that he had a history of criminal charges I might cut him slack. However, not only did not mention it, he has as of this year is fighting a DWI charge. What kind of leadership is that? Matt also was charged of assault/family violence and theft. Why should we allow this guy to represent the Town of Argyle. I am a young person and am angry that Matt Smith declared he did stupid stuff as a young man!. I do not have a criminal record-I know better than to break the law. Matt Smith should be disqualified from being able to run for a leadership position-his ongoing criminal record from 1996-2011 has disqualified him.

      1. CHECK FACTS BEFORE says:

        YOU SHOULD BE PROUD OF YOURSELF THAT YOU HAVE STAYED CLEAN. E. HIS DIRTY LAUNDRY CAME OUT BECAUSE HE DID NOT TRY TO HIDE IT. THERE IS ALWAYS ANOTHER SIDE. YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE REASON ARE FOR THE CHARGES. HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT THAT THAT MAYBE THE ASSAULT CHARGES ARE BECAUSE HE WAS PROTECTING SOMEONE THAT HE LOVED. A DWI DOES NOT ALWAYS MEAN THAT THE DRIVER WAS DRINKING.
        YOU CAN GET A DWI FOR JUST HAVING BEER CANS IN THE BED OF YOUR TRUCK. YOU CAN BE THE CLEAUP CREW AT A NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION AND GET A DWI FOR THE TRASH.

      2. Hallie Inge says:

        Check facts before: I went on the Denton County website to check out Matt Smith’s record, I saw it. And if he was protecting his family or someone- then why does he have five accounts of assault??? And to get a DWI it requires having alcohol at least in a open can in the car- (but that will get you an open container charge). Once again this guy is a bad role model and has no business representing the town of Argyle. If the DWI charge were way back in college and not as of January 28th, 2011 that would be different but its not.

      3. Argyle Voter says:

        Matt was very upfront and spoke to anyone that asked him about his past. BTW, if you do not live in the city limits, it really doesn’t have anything to do with you, does it?

      4. KCMikals says:

        Hi Hallie,
        I hate to say that you are wrong but well honey, you are. And again, i’m sure that you are probably one of the people that has moved to Argyle just in the last few years so I will cut you some slack since you didn’t grow up there. That being said, I have a few friends that have DWI/DUI charges on their records and have NEVER touched alcohol but they were in a vehicle that had alcohol in it. Once it was b/c there was a 12pk of beer IN the vehicle, unopened and she was a minor at the time and another that it was empty cans in the bed of a truck and a unopened 6pk in a brown paper bag inside the truck. And NO, that friend hadn’t been drinking but was on their way home. The things with politics is that when the person you support doesn’t win, you automatically find a fall guy. I mean, look at Obama…we all “hate” him just b/c we’re Republicans. LOL. Grow up and let it go. If you care that much about Argyle and what is done with it then please VOLUNTEER to help with town events and such🙂 Just a thought. Stop tearing Matt apart just b/c the man has a past, I bet we could dig some stuff up on about just about anyone if we really tried…as for me, I don’t care about anyones past issues that much to harp on it and dwell. BE POSITIVE and PROACTIVE! That is all, carry on:)

  3. Anyone But Smith says:

    Note to Smith relatives: turn off caps lock

    Smith doesn’t stir up fear – just disgust. When you come out telling outrageous lies, you should expect the same level of scrutiny. Unfortunately for Matt, all he has is false accusations to lob at his contenders and a lengthily criminal past shadowing him. None of the other candidates had to have a lawyer in the room to talk to a reporter.

    1. Argyle Voter says:

      maybe because their records are sealed?

  4. MOVE OUT OF ARGYLE says:

    You need to get out of Argyle, Go live where stupidity on your part is acceptable. there have been no lies that have come from his side. If you really care about the Town of Argyle, which is apparent you do not, you would not continue to be blinded by the City Offiicials we have now. It has already been mentioned before, they are only in it for the money. They will leave after they have left Argyle in debt. Your uninformed comment just shows how stupid you are. Why not go and investigate it yourself. Maybe then you will learn something. Argyle maybe country, but we are HICKS.

  5. DO RIGHT THING says:

    I just hope everyone does the right thing for our town. It really doesn’t matter of you are caught getting drunk and frisky around your pool, had fight with someone, cheated on your wife/husband, or relieved yourself off a dock. The issue is, who will not put Argyle in debt. Who has the best intereest in our town? Who is willing to put everything out there to be the best person for our town? Who has nothing to gain from being Mayor?

    1. Argyle Voter says:

      Amen!

  6. Vote Smart says:

    If you truly believe that assault, deadly conduct, family violence and DWI aren’t indicators of a person’s character and judgement, then there is nothing anyone can say or do to convince you otherwise. I believe that Argyle is filled with people who are smarter than that and will elect someone with experience and integrity.

    1. Hallie Inge says:

      Vote Smart: I completely agree with you, however because Matt Smith didn’t want anyone to know-hardly anyone in Argyle has this information. Do your part to educate as many people as possible.

    2. Melinda Dillon says:

      Looks like the people of Argyle weren’t smarter, we got the loser for mayor. Scary. To the poster who says it doesn’tmatter if you were caught getting drunk. Tell that to the families whose loved ones were killed by drunk drivers.

      1. Argyle Voter says:

        Well, judging from your comments, we can all be thankful it wasn’t you we voted in. Such tolerance, you must be a Liberal.

  7. John Bellinghausen says:

    Wow, what a loser attitude.—-the voters spoke loud, and Matt beat the other 2 candidates hands down. Matt may not be without sin—-but he has a heck of a lot less sin that the other two.– and you should be ashamed of the totally unprofessional attitude the losers have shown in their defeat.

    1. KCMikals says:

      I need a “like this comment” button! Go JOHN!!

  8. Melinda Dillon says:

    We just don’t like drunks representing our town. And the reason he won was because none of his criminal background was discovered until after early voting was over. By then, it was too late to let the people know what they were voting for since he wasn’t forthcoming with the information in the first place.

    1. Argyle Voter says:

      I supposed thieves and liars are a better choice? His charges are still being challenged, but you already have him convicted and sentenced.

    2. SO TIRED OF YOU says:

      GROW UP!!!! Find something else to spend your time on. You must really be a bitter,stupid, and very bored woman. Maybe if you spent this much time campaiging for who you wanted, things made have turned oiut different,

  9. john bellinghausen says:

    Matt won a larger percentage of the votes on election day than he did in early voting. To call him a drunk is so unfair. I do wonder who the ” we” is—sure not the voters in the town of Argyle. Just for your information, I believe there are many of us that prefer him to the two that are apparantly in hiding now.

    1. Melinda Dillon says:

      Hey, if you’re comfortable with a drunk-driving, bar fighting, public urinating man with absolutely no experience with holding any public office, no voting history, no record of over being at any town meetings, then by all means, bow down before his greatness.

      1. WAY TO GO MATT says:

        The people he talked to, his supporters hetalked to, anyone that he approached knew that he had a past. No one has the right or squeeky clean enough to be throwing things his way. Everyone reads what the papers, internet and the news have to say.. The charges he has, could have happened to anyone, including you. There is always two sides and the true side is the one that no one knows or cares about. if you have ever met him you would not be saying any of these things. When he introduced himself to someone before the election he would tell them “i have a pass would you still like to talk to me.” the response was “We don’t care what you did in your pass, we just care about what you are going to do for us in the future.” We are going to see what he can do. Guess what, you just have to deal with it.

      2. HUSH says:

        JUST STUPID MELINDA DILLION RUNNING HER BIG MOUTH AGAIN

    2. Argyle Voter says:

      Absolutely.

  10. Anthony Smith says:

    Yes, we will have to deal with Matt Smith as mayor since he did win the election. No argument there. But it’s still embarassing to the town to have a convicted criminal with not just one or two indiscretions, but 6+ and is facing CURRENT DWI charges.

    All of that aside, what are his qualifications to be the mayor? Has he ever been involved in public service or in leading a civic group? Seriously, he needs to prove he’s qualified and that he’s grown up. Otherwise it will be a very long and uphill climb for him to earn the respect of many in this town unfortunately.

  11. Melinda Dillon says:

    @way to go matt–just exactly how could those same charges happen to me? I don’t drink nor do I urinate in public. It’s easy to see how that moron got elected, his voters are morons, too.

    1. STUPID/INMATURE says:

      I WILL TELL YOU LIKE I WOULD TELL ANYBODY., YOUR STUPID FOR EVEN THINKING YOU ARE BETTER THEN ANYONE ELSE. YOUR STUFF DOES NOT SMELL LIKE ROSES. MELINDA DILILION, SOMEONE NEEDS TO TAKE YOU OUT WHERE THERE IS NO BATHROOM AND SEE IF YOU WOULD REALLY STAND THERE AND PEE ON YOURSELF. I DO NOT KNOW HOW OLD YOU ARE, BUT APPARENTLY YOU ARE NOT MATURE ENOUGH TO ACCEPT LIFE THE WAY IT IS. WHETHER YOU APPROVE OR EVEN LIKE, IT IS THE WAY IS AND WILL THIS WAY FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS, MAYBE MORE. IF 51% OF ARGYLE STILL FEELS THE SAME WAY IN TWO YEARS, HE WILL BE MAYIOR AGAIN,.

  12. Amanda G says:

    Matt Smith didn’t garner 51% of the town’s votes, only 493 people voted. Complacency was the winner. Smith won’t ever serve another term. He isn’t even likely to serve this one out. We’ve all had bathroom emergencies, but most tend to handle them with the sort of modesty that doesn’t get you arrested. Aren’t there any trees in Oregon?

    1. STUPID/INMATURE says:

      SURE THERE ARE TREES, BUT NOT WHEN YOU ARE IN A FISHING TOWN. WE WILL SEE JUST HOW LONG HE LASTS. IF YOU DO NOT LIKE WHAT IS GOING ON IN ARGYLE, THEN YOU RUN AND LET US SEE WHAT WE CAN DIG UP ON YOU. BETTER YET, GET OUT OF TOWN, BECAUSE WE DO NOT NEED YOUR KIND HERE TO MAKE US LOOK BAD. I RATHER HAVE A MAYOR THAT HAS A BUNCH OF ODD MOMENTS. THAN A HATEFUL,STUPID, BIGOT LIKE YOU IN OUR TOWN.

  13. Amanda G says:

    Sweetheart, you need to break out the dictionary and look up the definition of “bigot”.

  14. STUPID/INMATURE says:

    Maybe you need to look in the dictonary SWEETHEART!!!!! Just goes to show that i was correct to call you that. You are a “NARROW MINDED INDIVIDUAL” Thar looks down on othere and holds on to the ideal that they are right. You are a bigot .

  15. Melinda Dillon says:

    Someone is throwing a tantrum… Amanda, give up. “Stupid/Inmature” (misspelled) is a child, judging from the spelling, punctuation and ridiculous arguments.

  16. WHY SO HOSTILE? says:

    Seems you all are acting like spoiled children. Who is throwing the biggest tantrum? I have known the family for a very long time, and have lived in Argyle my whole life. You will never meet a more loving,caring, and giving family anywhere. If you really knew them and what they really stand for, all the mud slinging would stop. It does not matter what has happened in the past, the importance is what is going to happen . No on has walked in his shoes to know
    the truth. There is not one that has thrown a stone and doesn’t deserve to have it thrown right back.

    Everyone just needs to shut up, sit back and watch what happens. You might just be very surprised. Even better, you might even be happy. Why is it so hard for people to be nice to each other? We are suppose to be neighbors and friends. To stand by and support each other through hard times. Not be the ones to knock them down and make it worse. Argyle is a country town and it is time we all acted that way.

    1. Melinda Dillon says:

      Actions speak louder than words and so far, Matt’s actions point to someone who is always in trouble, by their own doing. He has a lengthy criminal record, has never been seen at a town meeting, has no experience at all in civic matters. He is in no way qualified to be mayor. My dog is more qualified. The rest of his family have nothing to do with this and no one is attacking them.

      1. KCMikals says:

        I need to know what qualifications there should be…I was under the assumption that this is pretty much a non-paid position. Matt has had schooling, he has college and he has the old timers in Argyle who know him and his family and his past (b/c we grew up with him and b/c its not a HIDEN past like some child molesters that WERE on the council). Matts indescretions were just that, childhood brawls, teenaged cries for attention, and not one of these things EVER had to do with DRUGS, RAPE, THEFT…there are absolutely NO felonies and yet you are all treating him like he is the Devil incarnate. THIS IS WHAT ARGYLE HAS COME TO. So very sad. Matt Smith is exactly what the town needs and if it weren’t for the sore losers this would be a NON issue. p.s. He has never lied about anything and is actually the ONLY candidate that went out and SPOKE to people one on one. My grandmother, an Argyle resident who happens to live outside the city limits off 1830/Country Club Rd, received a RECORDED phone call from Mr. Landrum. SHE COULDN’T EVEN VOTE DUE TO CITY LIMIT RESTRICTIONS. Matt knew that fact but the current Mayor (at the time) did not! Oh and the woman TV that said she would’ve voted differently had she known about Matts “criminal” past, please…we all know she voted for Dona and just wanted to be on TV. And really, who cares where anybody takes a leak, find something new to complain about for the love of GOD.

  17. Amanda G says:

    Melinda – I know it’s futile, but it’s kinda fun to poke fun at Matt’s aunt and her ridiculous excuses and empty threats. I’ve known that family all my life and their antics aren’t new or surprising.

    1. Melinda Dillon says:

      Amanda, interesting. Thanks for the info, I know nothing of the family, just Matt and his criminal record.

  18. WHY SO HOSTILE? says:

    You think I am his Aunt? If you want to cause trouble for her then go right ahead. I know who she is and she can take care of herself. Come to think of it, i will go by after iI get off work and let her know you are having fun at her expense. I am sure she will be thrilled to know.

  19. Anthony Smith says:

    They reall are a great family – some of the best you’ll ever meet. They’ve just got a “boy” that seems to have a knack for getting himself in trouble. Lots of them to go around in anytown. The difference is those boys grow up and if they don’t, you don’t see them getting elected as the town leader.

  20. Kelly O says:

    Having worked with Matt in the past, I’ve seen first hand his 110% dedication to whatever task needed attention, and watched him take care of business professionally. I have no doubt he will tackle difficult situations in the next two years head-on, put the people’s desires first, and personal gain dead last. My thoughts for the people of Argyle: No need to gripe, moan, and complain any further…2 years from now, if Matt has not fulfilled his duties to your liking, get out and vote for the candidate you feel best qualified to take over for him. Contrarily, if his seemingly-unorthodoxed methods have resulted in changes for the betterment of the community, keep him as Mayor for another term!

  21. Melinda Dillon says:

    I see that one of the charges against this loser is for family violence. Wonder what that was all about? He must have physically hurt a family member, but which one? And how bad?

  22. DON'T ALWAYS BELIEVE IT says:

    No one was hurt or ASSAULTED in any way. Smith is the middle of 5 kids and there is not always peace in the house. Just a sibling trying to get their brother in trouble. They even told the Officers that, but the charges would not be dropped.
    Just because you hear or read something negative does not mean that it is bad. There is always another side to the story, which is usually the correct one.

  23. Melinda needs a job says:

    Who is Melinda Dillion? Why did she not run for Mayor? Seems to have a lot of extra time on her hands.

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