Race to watch: Wichita County Treasurer

Published: Feb. 10, 2022 at 9:59 PM CST
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WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - As we continue our coverage of this year’s primary election, we took a closer look at candidates running for the Wichita County treasurer’s seat.

One of those candidates, Stephen Jones, has spent eight years in classrooms as a math teacher, and before that spent three years working in the Wichita County auditor’s office. Cara Smith, the other candidate, has 20 years of finance experience between working in banks and local businesses.

“I just believe I have the experience, the background, the education and the work ethic to be successful in this position,” Smith said.

“What I know of myself is that I know the county, I know how things work and the financial system,” Jones said.

Smith has been endorsed by current Wichita County Treasurer Bob Hampton. She said if elected into the office, she wants to continue the good work that is already taking place.

“Bob Hampton has done an amazing job for the past 16 years, and I don’t see any reason to change how the job gets done. I do want to be accountable to the tax payers, invest their funds wisely and keep up with their financial transactions as accurately as possible,” said Smith.

Jones has a different vision, and he hopes to make Wichita County treasurer reports more accessible to tax payers.

“The last one was filed and posted on the website two years ago, and for me this is taxpayer money. This is what they need to be aware of and it needs to be done more timely and things like that need to be more transparent. It’s not a secret what is done with the county’s money,” Jones said.

“I’ve grown up in Wichita Falls and I want to be able to serve the community, and the best way possible that I know of is to run for county treasurer,” Smith said.

“I will get the job done better tomorrow than I will today. Then I will continue and I really want the voters and everyone in the county to know what’s going on,” Jones said.

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