PARKER COUNTY —
After months of campaigning, the wait is nearly over for candidates in three Parker County races, who will take part in a runoff election next Tuesday.
Early voting for the runoff elections begins Monday and runs through Friday, July 27 at six locations throughout the county. Voting hours at the six sites runs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Voters will be asked to decide the outcome for Precinct 2 constable, Precinct 4 constable and Precinct 3 commissioner. The latter two races have no incumbent while incumbent Lowell Moss faces Joe Harris Jr. to keep his position for the Precinct 2 constable race.
Precinct 3 Commissioner
Larry Don Walden faces Gary Carter. Walden has been a resident of the county his entire life and of the precinct for 33 years. Walden is a retired agriculture teacher and school administrator, a farmer, rancher and business owner who spent five terms on the Millsap ISD school board.
He is running for commissioner because of more than 20 years experience preparing and managing multi-million dollar budgets and working with multi-member boards. “I believe the commissioner’s job should be ne of community service, not someone’s only source of income,” Walden stated. “I own, operate and maintain my own heavy equipment and big trucks. If elected, I will work every day of my term “For” the taxpayers.
Walden says the most important issue in the race becomes which candidate has the most experience and is most capable of performing the duties of commissioner.
“I won’t have to learn how to do the job at taxpayer expense,” Walden said.
Walden says a lot of people are interested in the race, which should mean a good turnout for the runoff. “It’s an important race in the county for one of the most important jobs in the county,” Walden said. “I’d like to urge the residents to get out and vote.”
Walden has been married for 33 years and has one daughter.
Carter has been a resident for 50 years and has been with the Arlington Police Department as a sergeant for 17 years and spent 17 years with Exxon Oil. He is a member of a number of organizations including the Parker County Republican Party, Rotary Club and the Texas Association of Hostage Negotiators.
Carter says it’s time for the court to have someone that is a trained listener as well as a negotiator. “We need a full-time commissioner,” Carter said. “I am an every day working man like most of you. I want to be the voice that speaks for you. ... this is a job that my training has well equipped me to do.”
The most important issue in the race, Carter says, is the management of te $35 million county budget. “This is impossible to manage, without a full time, on the job, in the office commissioner,” Carter said. “My position is that if the county is going to pay me a full time salary then the county will get a full time, anytime commissioner.”
Carter said having a runoff election in the middle of summer makes it even more important for voters to make the extra effort to get out and vote.
Carter is married with two children and four grandchildren.