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In Wichita County, more than 4,800 people have exercised their right to vote so far in this year’s midterm election.
A new race in the county concerns who will be Commissioner for Precinct 4 as an incumbent faces the only Democrat running for office at the local level.
Wichita County Precinct 4 covers 130 miles of roadway and current Commissioner Jeff Watts said that means a lot of time is spent helping with whatever needs to be fixed.
“First, we have fiduciary responsibilities to the county. We prepare that budget and work diligently most of the year putting that budget together.”
From making budget decisions to setting the yearly property tax rate and maintaining county roads, Wichita County leaders juggle a lot of policy issues, and that’s why Wichita County Commissioner candidate Catie Robinson said being a mother has prepared her for this job.
“Anybody who’s a parent knows it takes a lot of time to do that and you learn a lot about time management and taking on multiple tasks at once.”
Robinson said if elected she will be a full-time commissioner.
Right now, most of those who sit on the court have a full-time job outside of the county.
“You should be working 40 hours a week at a minimum for the people because when you are getting paid over $30 an hour atleast personally. I wouldn’t want those people not spending that time actually doing something for the community.”
According to Watts, he devotes a lot of time to representing Precinct 4 and he believes clarity is vital.
“I think the Commissioner’s court works well together with the county judge and we are extremely transparent to the general public.”
And commissioner Watts and Robinson can agree that managing the needs of the sheriff’s office should be a top priority, especially with construction underway for a new justice center.
“We have a great department. I endorse the sheriff completely and the job that he does as well as his chief deputy and deputy chief. They are tremendous.”
“I would just make sure that there’s not always a struggle when coming to the commissioner court needing funding for some kind of project.”
Watts has served the citizens of precinct four since 2015 and said his experience is why voters should send him back for another term.
Meanwhile if elected, Robinson could become the second woman ever to serve on the Commissioner’s court, and she said despite her lack of experience, she’s ready for the challenge.
KFDX gave both candidates the opportunity to speak to voters about their backgrounds and what makes them the best candidate to be Wichita County Commissioner Precinct 4.