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Houston County leaders face-off for role of county judge

HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

Native East Texan and Houston County Judge candidate Erin Ford says he has what it what it takes to steer Houston County in the right direction.

"I've always wanted to support the county and to give back what I could within my background experience," said Ford.

Ford worked domestically and internationally with major oil companies for 30 years and he believes that experience has prepared him for the role of Houston County Judge.

 "I want to be able to work to improve the opportunities for Houston County. I have quite a lot of corporate background knowledge which I think will provide the basis for support for the community," said Ford.

But his opponent Jessie Stephens doesn't see it that way. Stephens has worked as a CPA in the county for 25 years and believes hands on experience, goes a long way.

"My experience is directly related in the county where his has been in a different type of service area," said Stephens.

Ford believes the role of county judge means improving the quality of life and creating opportunities for residents.

"Employment opportunities that allow our children and grandchildren to be a part of that community," said Ford.

Where ford wants to grow the county Stephen's focus is sustaining it. He believes the role judge requires focus on administrative responsibilities.

"I think the job of the county judge is not to grow the county, it is to take care of business, take care of finances, live within your means," said Stephens.

Ford says if everyone works together improvements in Houston County can be made.

"I can never guarantee the result but I can guarantee my effort and commitment to make the promises come true," said Ford.

Stephens says its about consistency and that's what he wants to bring to the county.

"I don't know that I could do anything to make it better but I can certainly keep it where it is," said Stephens.

With a low voter turnout in the primary, both are hoping residents exercise their right to vote during this run-off election and put the right candidate in office.

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