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February 22, 2014

Candidates discuss issues at recent political forum

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PALESTINE —

As for how the candidates would invest county funds, Hernandez said he would treat the county’s money the same as if it were his own, making sure bills were paid on time “so that we wouldn’t pay fees to the IRS.”

“When I saw that we paid $1,400 on a $60 some-odd bill, I became upset about it and decided I was going to throw my hat into the ring,” he said. “I want to go into the county treasurer’s office and bring it up to form a team.”

Hernandez also said he planned to ensure that everyone was cross-trained, “so in the event that something happens, everyone can do everybody else’s job.”

Holliday said she believed the role was vital for the county and that she would secure the county’s funds and “make sure everything goes well.”

“Working in the county auditor’s office, I’ve seen some issues that I want to handle in the office – I want to bring back unity and communication with all the departments in the county,” she said. “I’m qualified for the position. I believe I can bring a lot to this office.”

 

COUNTY CLERK

“As county clerk, you will be responsible for land records,” Richards said, asking candidates what they believed could or should be done to make the access of those records more efficient for the public.

Cross responded by acknowledging that the office was behind in accomplishing this.

“We need to get those records all online,” she said.

Staples said the office was in the process of getting the land record index online, including images, which will be available to view for a fee to offset operating costs.

“That is a priority for us in the office to get online,” he said.

As for the role of county clerk, Staples explained that the office covers 16 different departments, handling everything from birth certificates to criminal appeals.

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