EDDIE LOWERY (candidate for precinct 3 commissioner): “The county owns and leases several buildings around the courthouse in order to house all of our county offices and this is a large expense. The original plan to house all of these offices under one roof in order to cut expenses (and relieve the parking situation around the courthouse) was a good idea but it was not carried out with the best plan. The county has already spent the money to purchase the building, money we will not be able to recoup so we should examine every possibility and see if there is a way to put its potential to use for the county. If it is not possible to renovate the old Walmart building so it will be a financial asset to the county, our only other option is to sell it, thereby putting it back on the tax roll.”
HUNT (candidate for re-election precinct 3 commissioner): “The Walmart building was one of the biggest mistakes. I wish I could have that vote back. I will have to say that was one of my biggest errors as being county commissioner. I have called for this building to be sold and be put behind us.”
TODD FONTENOT (candidate for re-election precinct 1 commissioner): Criticized the county judge and anyone else that wanted to sell this building and purchase space that was more cost effective for the taxpayer.
MIKE MCCARTY (candidate for precinct 1 commissioner): Says it is a money pit and never should have been purchased to begin with and that taxpayers should be tired of all the wasteful spending. Second, take the extra million dollars taxpayers are now having to kick in to provide healthcare for county employees. Todd Fontenot implies that this is a new problem and that it may be caused by poor decision making by the new people on commissioners’ court. Melvin Hunt calls the old guard of Phil Fitzgerald, Lee Groce, and Todd Fontenot the “evil empire” and the cause of much of Liberty County’s financial problems. Mike McCarty is a Republican and Republicans recognize that much of the strain on Texas families finances, including insurance, has been caused mostly by the lack leadership in Washington D.C. Todd Fontenot is possibly the only countywide official who openly supports Barack Obama and the “spend our way out of debt” the Democrat have endorsed in D.C.Don’t take our word for it. Read what they have said or ask these gentlemen where they stand on these issues. In fact, examining other issues, the choice becomes more and more obvious for conservative and independent voters. Fontenot is truly the last man standing and we can no longer afford to stand with him.