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February 26, 2014

Last debate

County judge contenders meet one last time before Tuesday’s election

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“But also, I would like to see us bring the cities of this county together. I think we need to have the judge be a leader who’s going to unite the cities in planning and going toward a way of allowing everyone to have a voice in this county.”

If elected, what will you do first?

Riley: “Well, I don’t have to figure out what we will do first. I will continue to do what we’ve been doing right. Hit the ground running. Continue with the implementation of the transportation bond. We’re on time, under budget and the Eastern Loop phase, we’ll be holding another public meeting this summer. The county has money set aside for our fair share.

“We’ve been working for an extensive amount of time with the City of Hudson Oaks and Weatherford on their partnership involved in the interchange for the East Loop. We are all ready to go. We’ve brought TxDOT to the table and it’s just a matter of proceeding with the implementation of the alignment of the Eastern Loop.

“Additionally, continue to work on the budget process. I personally start in early January and review the first quarter and move forward. We have good elected officials and they don’t come to the table willy-nilly. They come only with what they expect. So my experience keeps it from lasting four to five months.”

McKay: “Lower taxes, first and foremost. To present a budget that will lower taxes. Currently, most people don’t realize that seven out of the last 10 years our general budget taxes have been raised. There is no getting around those numbers. It has grown 110 percent over the last 10 years. I know that we can do better. That’s from $19 million to $41 million.

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