LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - With less than two weeks until the Texas primary, three republicans are looking to make the move to the November ballot for precinct 3 county commissioner.
Terry Pitts, Todd Hopson and Ivy Collins hope they're the one to go up against democrat George Cartwright. Hopson and Pitts agreed to talk to KTRE about their credentials and what they want to accomplish if elected.
"I grew up my entire life in Angelina County Texas, Hopson said. "I grew up in Huntington except for the 8 years that I served in the United States Air Force and that is where I gained a wealth of knowledge in military and government budgeting which I think is needed to work as commissioner. I will do the job of commissioner in it's entirety. Not just roads. No rubber stamping. You have to deal with everything, not just the roads. Roads are number one but not just the roads. I am a registered nurse so I will look at ways the county can improve on preventing health issues like the Zika virus that is a concern right now."
Pitts currently works in the pct.3 office as foreman and said that is his advantage.
"I'm the only candidate with experience in the road and bridge for precinct 3," Pitts said. "I've been down there for nine years and have worked my way through each job. In 2012, I was promoted to road and bridge foreman. "The only way I can see to improve the roads of precinct 3 is money. there has got to be some more federal funding, state funding, and I'll learn more about that as we go by going to classes and seminars. I will also continue to do what I am doing. I will be involved in the repairs of the roads."
Whoever wins the election will be replacing Robert Loggins, who is currently serving a year of probation for misuse of county equipment.