By CLINT FOSTER
The 2014 primary elections in March are only three months away and local Republican voters will have three contested races to decide on for representation in county offices.
The Index will provide previews for each of these races, breaking down the candidates and helping voters to be as informed as possible.
First is the race for Palo Pinto County Judge, which features the incumbent Judge David Nicklas against former Precinct 4 Commissioner Ernest Pechacek.
Let’s meet the candidates for County Judge:
Incumbent David Nicklas is running for his second term as Palo Pinto County Judge. Having spent the last four years in the Palo Pinto County Courthouse, Nicklas told the Index he felt he and the Palo Pinto County Commissioners Court have done a good enough job to retain their positions.
“I just feel like we’ve done a good job so far,” the Palo Pinto County native said. “There are still some things I and the commissioners want to get done to better serve the residents of PPC.”
Nicklas’ first term was marked by budget-conscious and fiscally-responsible decision making. In his first year in office, Nicklas and Palo Pinto Sheriff Ira Mercer worked together to institute a new shift schedule for the county jail that Nicklas said resulted in about $40,000 in savings for taxpayers, just from overtime charges.
More recently, Nicklas and commissioners went out for insurance bids for county employees for the first time in several years. Nicklas said he was pleased with the results.
“While we didn’t save as much money as we anticipated, we were able to keep the employees coverage at the same level as last year and not increase their premiums, which has been a big thing,” he said.
But Nicklas is not only hanging his hat on his past accomplishments He told the Index he has even more plan for Palo Pinto County if he is re-elected.