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February 12, 2014

MEET THE CANDIDATES: The race for Parker County Judge

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Goal 3: I will engage the mayors and the cities in Parker County in the process of long-term transportation and water planning. To take 15 years for the Weatherford loop is way too long. It should not take that long to build a two-lane road around Weatherford, and we are less than 50 percent complete. The court has taken little, if any, action on completing the east side where it is sorely needed. We will do better.

The transportation bond projects approved by the voters in 2008 are nearly complete. What is your opinion on what has been accomplished and what, if any, are the next steps the county should take?

The planning started when my opponent took office over 15 years ago. It took about nine years to take it to the voters. Now, after 15 years, the western portion of the loop is near completion. Fifteen-plus years to build a two-lane partial loop on the west side of Weatherford is absurd. The eastern portion of the loop (which is needed to actually complete a loop) has had very little action taken on it. The voters still need to approve the bond, and then the bonds need to be sold. The route needs to be firmed up, land purchased, designed and built. At best, it will be another eight to 10 years until it is complete.

Think about it: If my opponent is re-elected, he will serve 20 years as county judge plus another eight as commissioner before becoming judge, for a total of 28 years. It has taken him 15 years to get this far. At his current pace, it will be 2029 before the loop is finished. If these are the results you want from your county judge, then I am not your man.

I will get the remainder of the project in front of the voters ASAP. The longer we wait, the more it will cost. Improvements are being built in the proposed path, and as the economy improves real estate prices will rise. My opponent stated three times at a Tea Party meeting that he is in no hurry to move forward with the eastern portion. As one of the ladies said after the Tea Party meeting, “How can you call it a loop if it never connects?” Folks, we are better than this!

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