LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Three Republican candidates are looking to become the next Angelina County Tax Assessor.
Billie Page, Lisha Hammock and David Stua are all looking for the votes needed to win the March Primary. Bobby Boles also filed for the race but has told KTRE he has suspended his campaign and will not be seeking the position.
The winner was set to face Bryce Alger from the Democratic Party in the general election, but Guyla Carlton with the Angelina County Democratic Party confirmed Alger had been disqualified from the race after paying his filing fees.
Billie Page currently works in the tax office and believes she knows what it takes to run the office.
"I have worked in the tax office for the last 20 years, and I have worked in all the departments that we have," Page said. "I have done entry level work. I have been a supervisor and book keeper."
Page said she plans on having the drive-through service opened for new extended hours.
"The most noticeable thing people will notice is I'm going to extend the drive-through hours," Page said. "You're going to be able to pay your taxes and register your vehicles and do your handicap placards from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm."
Page's former co-worker Lisha Hammock also believes the drive-through hours should be extended as well as cross-training the workers.
"We are going to cross-train everybody in there from the mangers to the supervisor to everyone that way if we are short-handed you don't have to be switched from clerk to clerk," Hammock said.
Hammock said she has experience in the office as well as an extensive legal background.
"I worked at the tax office for six years and before that as a paralegal for over 24 years," Hammock said. "I've worked in auto and property taxes as well."
The two women are joined in the race by David Stua. Stua claims to have a vast knowledge of the legal system based on the classroom work he has finished.
"I have three college degrees including a masters degree and an almost completed paralegal degree so I have plenty of education to help me since the office has a lot to do with a lot of multitude of laws," Stua said
Stua said he plans on helping people who have property tax issues get their vehicle registered."You are not allowed to register your car if you are late on your property taxes," Stua said. "They can block you from registering your car. That's the tax assessor decision alone. Nobody else can tell them that. They've been using that for a long time. No other counties do that, and I think it is wrong to punish people in these ways."