NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Incumbent Charles Thomson, an electrician-business owner known as, 'Kilowatt', says he's learned a lot during the past four years about county government.
"I've learned some pretty hard lessons.it's always hear both sides of the sides of the story. Don't jump to any conclusions. That's one of the main ones," shared Thomson. "I learned exactly how things work and you think you may know, but you really don't until you're sitting in that chair."
Thomson says much of being a county commissioner is not in court or in an office. Today he's checking in on the county's on going tree removal program. His pet project is the development of the Nacogdoches technical training center.
"A plant manager here in Nacogdoches said, 'I would hire 50 more people right now and put on another shift, but they can't find skilled labor.' We need the school to keep our children here in the area," said Thomson.
And what does Thomson believe separates him from the other candidate? "Commitment and experience."
That's something Jerry Stone says he's shown throughout his 40 years in public service, primarily in police work.
"I've worked just about everything you can work in law enforcement. And I've always had a desire to run for public office because I love serving people. And I wanted to continue doing that but I don't really want to carry a gun anymore," said Stone.
Based on Stone's background, the hospital security officer is a strong advocate for law enforcement. Yet, another issue has caught his attention.
"I feel like that the civic center and the expo center is not being used to its fullest potential. I get concerned about the commissioners running the expo and the civic center when they have a person out there very capable of doing so," said Stone.
And what does Stone believe separates him from the other candidate?
"Integrity and I do have common sense."