I am honored to have served you the past three years and look forward to earning your continued support. I always try my best to represent you and hold true to the values on which I was elected.
When I asked for your vote in 2010, I told you that I would focus on roads, public safety and veterans. I am pleased to report progress in each of those areas:
The Sheriff’s Department has additional personnel and equipment including another 911 dispatcher, state-of-the-art radios and in-car computers. These all contribute to a safer community.
The Road and Bridge Department has a new Administrator who has brought innovative ideas and techniques to the County.
The Road and Bridge Administrator stated that, when I came to office, Precinct 4 had the worst roads in the county. We have managed to resurface roads that had been neglected for years and we are in the process of reclaiming others. We worked with the City of Point to resurface some of the city streets on a cost-sharing basis.
The Emergency Services District (ESD) Board has been replaced with members who are working closely with the Volunteer Fire Departments to insure the best and most cost-effective service.
The Veterans’ Service Officer and his great group of volunteers have a new van with which to transport veterans to and from medical appointments.
The American Legion led the effort to return the Rains County Veterans Memorial to its rightful place at the courthouse.
When I asked for your vote, I told you that I am conservative. Critics have said that I vote “no” too often. I’m proud of these conservative votes and would do it again.
In 2011, I voted against increasing the Maintenance and Operations tax rate. The rate was increased from .5935 to .6029 over my objections. In 2013, I again voted against increasing the Maintenance and Operations tax rate. The rate was increased from .6029 to .6129 over my objections.
I voted against tax abatements which gave one set of businesses an advantage over others. I don’t believe the government should be in the business of choosing winners and losers.
I voted against subjecting citizens to more FEMA regulations. Like Ronald Reagan, I believe the government that governs the least, governs the best.
Knowing that we previously paid for our own tire-recycling event, I voted against taking borrowed money from China to do it this time. I feel the federal government should not borrow money then dole it out to local governments to buy influence and control.
I voted against hiring a lobbyist to influence legislation in Austin. I feel we already have two representatives in Austin. They are State Representative Bryan Hughes and State Senator Bob Deuell.
I voted FOR the new football stadium because it was paid with money from royalties on oil rights owned by the county. This money can only be used for school capital investments; there were no tax dollars involved.
I look forward to serving you in the future, please contact me if I can be of any assistance.
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