Wisenbaker Announces She Will
From Hopkins County Commissioner Beth Wisenbaker
Precinct #1 County Commissioner, Beth Wisenbaker, announced her intentions of seeking re-election on Friday morning, as she issued the following statement:
It never ceases to amaze me how fast time flies. It seems like only yesterday that I placed my name in a political race for Hopkins County Commissioner Precinct 1. I was a woman and a Republican; but, even with what seemed like insurmountable odds ….the VOTERS chose me! I was overwhelmed with the reality of doing all I could to not disappoint them. I will always remember the conversations, hugs, invitations into their homes and support that I was offered.
The job of County Commissioner requires dedication, knowledge and a love a public service. It requires listening with an open mind, the ability to change your mind if you are presented with a better viable alternative, and a strong moral compass on what is right and what is wrong. As a County Commissioner you need to see the people you serve as equally important and base your decisions on each situation with no bias as to race, religion or financial background
Many challenges have been achieved since I came into office: the Courthouse Restoration, the establishment of a County Fire Department, improved funding for Volunteer Fire Departments, inter-governmental agreements with the city and schools that saved taxpayers money, grants received for the funding of rural water systems, generators, intermodal facilities, homeland security, etc, …transportation projects (the new loop, hwy 154, new off-system bridges), improved rural roads and more ….
I am currently involved in Phase I of a $750,000 mitigation grant that will raise the level of County Road 1104 and County Road 1174 to prevent flooding. This will improve emergency services to the south & west sections of Precinct 1. Together, all the Commissioners are working with an engineer on applying for a $3 million grant to alleviate flooding on county roads in each precinct. Commissioners are working together on certain road construction projects to stretch taxpayer dollars. I will continue to work with TxDot on the completion of the Hwy 154 reconstruction and I will continue working with TxDot on the County’s request for a “Traffic Signal” at the intersection of the new Hwy 11 extension/loop and Arbala Hwy (FM 2297)!
Thoughts included in every budgetary decision I make are: How can the County improve the work environment for Hopkins County Law Enforcement & Hopkins County Fire Department.? How can the County help the Volunteer Fire Departments? How can we, as Commissioners, help to improve the Justice System? What can we do to better communicate with all the other elected officials? What methods are available to improve the Rural County Road System? How can we help the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center achieve its potential? How can we help attract industry and keep/lower property taxes for County taxpayers? How can I make the “Government” work for its citizens?
As you can tell…I still believe there is so much left to do to improve the quality of life for those that I serve. So it is with JOY in my heart and DETERMINATION in my soul that I ask the people of Hopkins County, Precinct 1, to again place their trust in me. I am announcing that I, Beth Wisenbaker, am applying for the job of Hopkins County Commissioner Precinct 1. I would like to ask for your VOTE in the Republican Primary this spring and the General Election in the fall of 2012.