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February 19, 2014

GOP candidates make their pitch

Packed courtroom hears candidates in local contested Republican primary races field questions from media panel

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County Treasurer

Recently appointed incumbent Jenny Barnwell said she is better-qualified than her opponent for the position of county treasurer with her 32 years of business and investment experience.

Saying she has the licenses needed to work as an investment broker, Barnwell said she has revised the county’s investment policy, though it has not yet been considered for adoption by county commissioners.

The county currently receives $6,000 in income from money that has been sitting in money market accounts, but if investments were managed more efficiently, they could bring in $250,000 to $300,000, Barnwell said.

Her opponent, Dedra Vick, an evidence custodian for the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, said that prior to working for the sheriff’s office she grew her family’s convenience store business into a multi-million dollar enterprise.

Vick said she would be a full-time treasurer, promote better communication between departments and cross-train employees.

Vick said the treasurer doesn’t need investing experience because there are written guidelines. She asked whether voters want their money at risk in a volatile economy.

County Clerk

Incumbent Jeane Brunson said she has 22 years experience as county clerk and has brought technology to the office, allowing staff to scan and return documents at the time of the transaction and electronically store copies of the county’s records in a separate location.

Brunson said she currently has an employee scanning court records who is not paid by taxes.

Challenger Paula Durant said she would show up for the job, run the office more efficiently by doing away with an administrative assistant position and do away with the “use it or lose it” mentality by returning unspent allocated tax money.

Durant told voters that Parker County is behind in technology compared to counties of similar size, saying she wants to see court records online and available and residents able to use credit or debit cards with the capability the county already has.

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