Precinct 4 candidate Q & A

May 14, 2018

The Brownfield News invited our Pct 4 candidates to answer questions about our county and why they want to serve it as Commissioner…

1. Please tell us about yourself, your education credentials, your professional experience, how you came to live in Terry County and why you stay.

Thompson:  

After graduating from Seagraves High School in 1977, I began my farming career at age 19. I have farmed in Terry and Gaines County for the past 40 years. This year begins my 41st crop season.

Elizardo:  

I  was  born and raised here. I graduated from BHS in 1984. I went to Texas Tech University for three years and  was involved in the Red Raider Band for all three years. I did not finish the University. I got married  and went to work to support a family. I worked at Lindsey Hardware for a couple of years. Moved on to Larry’s Chemical for about 11 years, then got a job with Terry County Precinct 4. I have been there almost 17 years. I bought and run my own DJ Service & Sound Company since 1993 while having a full time job and raising a family. My family members are Becky Cruz, Regina Cruz, Michael Elizardo, Ernesto Elizardo Jr., and Victoria Elizardo.

2. What experiences or qualities do you possess that you feel make you the best candidate?

Thompson:  

My 40 years of business ownership experience as an Ag Producer has given me the knowledge necessary to manage a large scale budget.

Elizardo:  

I have worked in customer service since the first job I had  in 1987. As a commissioner, I would feel like Terry County is my customer and it would be my job to take care of whatever needs that customer has. Not only that, Terry County is  my home and I want it to be the best for my kids and everyone else for that matter. Seventeen years of working for the county gives me an advantage as far as knowing the county roads and what needs to be done. My experience will lead me the right way so WE the people of TERRY COUNTY can have one of the best counties in the state of Texas.

3. What, in your opinion, is the most pressing issue facing Terry County today?

Thompson:  

Concerning the job that I’m running for as Commissioner, in which the major responsibility is to oversee the up keep of all the county roads in the precinct, the infrastructure is vital for the thriving Ag economy we enjoy in Terry County.

Elizardo:  

Terry County has a population of over 12,000  people. Getting everyone to be on the same page has to be difficult, but being united and working together as a team and a family will take us far into a better future for everyone.

4. How would you balance the need for capital outlay with the need for a healthy fund balance?

Thompson:  

Terry County has a bright future with great potential. We are in the early stages of what is soon to be a huge thriving wine grape industry. Oil production and all businesses related to it are growing as well. Many of the local businesses are expanding and growing. The opportunity for growth is evident and I am optimistic about our future.

Elizardo:  

The need for checks and balances is just as important to the County as it is for any individual who wants to succeed in life. We need to learn to be conservative with every day spending. The county has a budget that is well thought out and already laid out. You only spend for what you need everyday and monthly expenses. Set goals for the future and be prepared  for any sudden obstacles financially is what I believe should be the mind-set of a commissioner.

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