LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Two men familiar with the Huntington community are asking for voters to select them as the new Precinct 3 commissioner for Angelina County.
Terry Pitts or George Cartwright would be replacing outgoing commissioner Robert Loggins. In January, Loggins was given 1 year differed adjudication for using county equipment on his daughter's property. The event came to light after a resident shot cell phone video of the incident. District Attorney Art Bauereis said as another part of the deal, Loggins agreed to not run for reelection as county commissioner..
Pitts is the Foreman for Loggins and has years of experience in the office
"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."
Cartwright enters the race as the democratic candidate. Cartwright has lived in Angelina County for 55 years and has a long history of working industrial jobs.
"I worked at the paper mill for 22 years," Cartwright said. "I had a lot of supervising experience there. i worked for Groves Construction. I got a little bit of road building experience from there with pipeline right of way and different things."
Both candidates agree that a main concern for the office is to take a serious look at county roads that are in need of repair.
"We are going to rework the roads," Cartwright said. "We are going to do it. If we see a problem on the roads when I'm commissioner, we are not going to keep on driving over that problem and wait for someone to call it in. We are going to take care of it right then."
Pitts said the main issue with fixing roads comes down to funding.
"I can see to improve the roads of precinct 3 is money," Pitts said. "There has got to be some more federal funding, state funding, and I'll learn more about that as we go."