Did Ben Leman break election laws during news conference?

GRIMES COUNTY, Tex. (KBTX)- Some residents of Grimes County are asking if a former county judge and current political candidate violated state elections laws during a Thursday news conference outside the county courthouse.

Ben Leman is chairman of a group actively opposing Texas Central's high speed rail project that would connect Houston to Dallas.

Leman is also candidate for the District 13 seat in the Texas House.

Leman was one of the speakers at the news conference organized by several county sheriffs who expressed concerns about the project.

Click here to see KBTX's coverage of the news conference.

The state's election code says political candidates are not allowed to electioneer within 100 feet, or use a loudspeaker to electioneer within 1000 feet, of a polling place.

Thursday's news conference was at the county courthouse, where early voting continues this week, and Leman used a loudspeaker to voice his thoughts on the project.

Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell helped to organize the event, and said there was no intention to violate the law or try to disturb early voters.

Click here to see the Texas Election Code.

"This has been planned for about a week now, and if I did something wrong I accept responsibility," said Sheriff Sowell.

Violation of this section of the state's election code is a Class C misdemeanor.

Leman told KBTX he doesn't believe he violated the law because his speech contained no campaign material, and he mentioned nothing about his run for office.