NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches County Precinct 4 has close to 300 miles of county roads and four school districts. And there's no shortage of potential representation. Four Republicans are vying for the Pct. 4 county commissioner job.
Darren Cook is the first on the ballot. The first thing that made the basketball coach decide to run was a fallen tree.
"Three people called," Cook said. "In the course of about a week the tree was still in the road."
Cook said he ended up cutting the tree himself and vowed then if ever elected as county commissioner he would be available to address any issue for constituents.
"They're wanting somebody in there that when they call them, they will come out and look at it, observe it, take care of it, and get the problem handled," Cook said.
Auctioneer Bob Clawson talks fast, perhaps too fast for people to know his full name.
"A lot of people don't know my last name because they know me by Mr. Bob, Bob, or Buddy Bob," Clawson said.
Clawson says he cares about people and wants them to know he wants to make a difference. He also said he wants to do something to keep taxes down.
"That's one reason why I'm running," Clawson said. "I would like to know why they had to raise the taxes. As an outsider you can't really find out. I would like to know why and also why didn't they look at other ways of getting the money? Did they look at the ways of cutting the budget?"
Chris Borel, who is retired from the U.S. Marine Corps, also questions the budget. Three years ago, he was one of five road and bridge employees laid off. Back then, he blamed poor management. He still believes today that local resources are ignored.
"Let's say put in a better light for better performance," Borel said. "Make some adjustments and we could streamline our county proficiency for our county dollars that we have going in there. And as a taxpayer first that's what concerned me."
Incumbent Elton Milstead kept his political promise and voted against a tax hike.
"I think it tests your integrity," Milstead said. "When you say you're going to do something, you need to stand up and do it."
Yet, Milstead said he recognizes the tough economic situation. He said that understanding is what makes him the best person to carry out some important projects.
"We have a jail assessment going on," Milstead said. "Really don't know what that will entail. I've been involved heavily in that. Involved heavily in the Expo Center, some repairs we've done out there. Long range road plans. We've done a lot of patching, but we need a long range road plan to do some repair."
With so many candidates, a runoff is anticipated. No Democrats are interested in the job.
Early voting ends was scheduled to end Friday at 7 p.m. Election Day is Tuesday.