BROWNWOOD, Texas - Brown County residents will see two Republican candidates on their ballots for County Commissioner Precinct 2.
Joel Kelton is currently serving his second term as Brown County Commissioner Precinct 2, which is the northeast quadrant of the county that covers the city of May. His opponent is Adron Beck.
"Being a lifetime resident of Brown County, I am familiar with the needs and wants of the county and the residents," said Beck.
Both candidates are long-time residents of Brown County. Both said they want to focus on improving infrastructure of county roads.
"Precinct 2 county roads have a lot of stress from people moving into the county and from pipeline construction," said Beck.
"I also want to create a good environment for everybody to live and work in," said Kelton.
According to Kelton, in addition to taking care of the roads, county commissioners are responsible for maintaining budgets and approving hiring and firing in county government departments.
He said one of the biggest challenges he's recently dealt with is a tight budget.
"I just want to keep our county growth to a minimum. We need to staff our departments adequately. We don't need to grow anything we don't have to," said Kelton. "I think that we currently have enough staff in all departments."
Speaking of departments, Beck said he wants to maintain a strong law enforcement in the county if he gets elected.
Kelton said he is more Conservative than Beck while Beck said he has more hands-on experience with the workforce.
Early voting ends Feb. 28th. Election Day is March 4th.