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Campaign 2014

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The current Wichita County Commissioner, Precinct 4 will be retiring after this year.  As Bill Presson steps down, four others are hoping to step into his soon-to-be vacant seat.  The upcoming primary elections will only affect the three republicans running for the Precinct 4 spot.

Jeff Watts is a fifth generation Wichitan with over 25 years of experience of balancing budgets and making payroll.  Watts once served as the president of the Iowa Park school board.  Having served Iowa Park as well as city manager for Pleasent Valley, Watts said he is more than ready to become Wichita County Commissioner, Precinct 4.

"Those are the qualifications that I bring to the table for this county commissioner job, similar to Presson.  I'm very involved publicly and have been involved in different government boards and commissions," said Watts.

Michael Hagy labels himself a "common man with a simple plan."  Hagy has over 30 plus years of law enforcement experience, including ten as Police Chief of Midwestern State University.  Balancing a budget, reducing taxes and enhancing road improvements are key issues he said he will push for and promote if he is elected.

"I'd like to see some type of strategic plan to look at and see if we can design or fix county roads to support that kind of traffic, so we don't have washout and potholes and those kind of things that happen as a result of extra traffic with heavy vehicles," said Hagy.
 
Allyn Arnold is the lone Democrat running for Precinct 4.  Arnold is a U.S. Army vet, who was born, raised, and educated in Wichita County.  Arnold said he will push for more transparency as it relates to county spending and wants to address the overcrowded county jails.

"Having some kind of rehab program for these people first of all and then if they still fail, you can incarcerate them.  There are people very successful in recovery programs.  I think that would be something the county should look at.  That's something I would like to look at," he said.

Jack Carney, Newschannel 6