Page and Dewalt race for Judge in Trinity Co.

Page and Dewalt race for Judge in Trinity Co.

GROVETON, TX (KTRE) - A few miles south in Trinity County, residents must make the decision to "keep" county Judge Doug Page, or "turn the page" by voting for the incumbent's Democratic opponent, Clegg Dewalt.

Judge Doug Page, who's a Republican, says he has a couple of key issues to improve if re-elected.

"...building a jail, we're going to have to do that in Trinity County," said Page.

As of now, the Trinity County jail only houses seven people. Page believes it's time to build a facility with a larger capacity.

He would also like Trinity County to see new recreational areas.

"Parks and recreational areas are at the top of my list," said Page.

Page's challenger, Clegg Dewalt, a City of Trinity Councilman with a degree in accounting from Sam Houston says he has one particular goal.

"...Governmental transparency to the county of Trinity. What we read in the newspaper is not always what goes on in the commissioner's court," Dewalt said.

He suggested that courtroom meetings could be made transparent by streaming them live on youtube.

He would also like to use his accountant expertise to bring revenue into the county.

"I would be calling and networking with people in Lufkin everyday,"Dewalt said.

Page is confident in his chances at being re-elected because he was able to balance the county's books.

Page said, "A year prior to me taking office, we had that $585,000 debt, and I'm happy to say we have balanced the budget without having to borrow any money to make ends meet."

His opponent begs to differ.

"Ma'am, I don't believe that his accounting expertise had anything to do with that," said Dewalt.

Dewalt gives credit to Sheriff Woody Wallace and the appraisal district for managing the budget.

The runners disagree on a few issues, but there were some main things they wanted the voters to know when they head to the polls.

"There's a multitude of things that can be done. They're just not being done. With the proper leadership, we can move forward," said Dewalt.

Page said, "I want to keep being your judge. We've taken some huge strides in the last four years and I look forward to even more in the next four years."

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