Local attorney Heath Allen, a candidate for Erath County judge, is facing possible misdemeanor charges stemming from an incident that occurred Monday night at the Dublin Chamber of Commerce banquet.

Dublin Police Chief Bobby Mendez said Allen became verbally abusive during a confrontation with Chamber Executive Director Luanne Schexnider.

“The disagreement started over an award presented to Ms. (Shelby) Slawson for best table,” Mendez said. “We are collecting statements as part of our investigation into the matter.”

Slawson is also a candidate for Erath County judge.

Schexnider said Allen “snapped” after the banquet was over.

"A lot of people saw it. He was belligerent and verbally attacked me at the end of our banquet,” Schexnider said Tuesday. “There were some other people involved, and had they not intervened he would have hurt me seriously. He was about to get physical. He said a lot of really damaging, slanderous things against my family and some of them heard it and they called police."

Allen has not returned a call or text to the E-T seeking comment on the allegation.

Chief Mendez, who was attending the banquet at the time, was asked to assist as the confrontation was allegedly taking place. 

“When I got to the scene, (Allen) was walking out,” Mendez said.

Mendez said charges are not pending at this time but could be in the coming days.

News Editor Autumn Owens contributed to this report.