“We went through a lot of trials and tribulations and accomplished a lot,” he said of his time as a commissioner.
In asking for the crowd’s support in the upcoming primary election, Pecachek promised that he would “give everything his utmost” if he is elected.
Among the questions posed to the potential judges was one regarding the value of the county’s workforce and employee benefits. Nicklas said – although employee benefits were slightly lowered recently due to budget constraints – the county’s workforce is “well-trained, knowledgeable, very competent and provide some of the best service available.” Pecachek echoed Nicklas’ statement, saying “Ditto. There are some darn good employees over here.” He added that salaries and benefits have come a long way since he first served in a county office.
Both candidates also expressed their desire to continue to fund county first responders as much as possible.
Their final question was in reference to the most important job of the County Judge. Both candidates said there is not just one answer.
“We have to distribute taxes based on what we need,” Pecachek said.
“We have to work as a team to take care of customers’ needs. I just hope I can do what’s necessary. I would be only one-fifth of the commissioners court; it takes all five.”
“What’s most important is what you’re there for that day,” Nicklas said. “We are the stewards of the tax money you give us. We want to be fiscally responsible and fund departments as needed so they can do what you require.”
Current District Clerk Janie Glover took the stand next along with opponent and current Mineral Wells Code Enforcement Secretary Stacie Frye.
Glover – who is running for her fourth consecutive term as District Clerk – made her experience her calling card. She referenced not only her 11 years in Palo Pinto, but also the progress her office has seen since she was first elected, as they just completed their first successful electronic filing.