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DeWitt County Commissioner, Precinct 1

By Victoria Advocate
Oct. 8, 2012 at 5:08 a.m.

Curtis Afflerbach

Editor's Note: To help our readers learn more about the candidates in the Nov. 6 election, we are publishing profiles on candidates in contested races. Early voting begins Oct. 22. Today's candidates are seeking the DeWitt County Commissioner Precinct 1 job

Name: Curtis G. Afflerbach

Age: 68

City/county of residence: Cuero/Dewitt County

Office Seeking: Commissioner Precinct 1

Party Affiliation: Republican

Occupation: County Commissioner Precinct 1

Why do you want to serve in the office you are seeking?

I am completing my eighth year in office and would like to continue to serve the people of Precinct 1. I have the experience needed to meet the new challenges that come with the recent petroleum boom. Beginning in January 2013 the commissioners court will have three elected officials and a judge with about two years on the court. I feel my experience and time served would be beneficial at this time.

What qualifies you to serve in this office?

Eight years on the commissioners court qualifies me for this office. I am blessed with the gift of administration, work well under pressure, work well with others, and thrive best when having to multitask. People and their concerns mean a lot to me, as I think of myself as a strong problem solver. I support and encourage the people that work for me, as well as every elected official and employee of the county.

If elected, how will you go about serving your constituents?

As commissioner, quick response to emergency and safety issues and requests for service are important and deserve a prompt response (24/7). My eight years of experience have helped me to become more knowledgeable on matters that are presented in county court. I serve as a person of integrity, treating everyone equally. I will do the very best I can with what I have to work with - time, money, equipment, manpower, and materials.

Is there anything else you would like to discuss concerning your election?

This is not a job that you can just walk into one day and expect to do well. For almost a year before being elected, I visited the court meetings and observed court processes and functions, including the entire budgeting process. These were very beneficial before taking office. I know I will continue to be challenged by the changes in our community; however, I am ready to meet them head on.

Phone number, address, e-mail or web site where voters can contact you or learn more about you.

361-275-1755, 603 W. Cleveland, Cuero, TX 77954, afflerbj@sbcglobal.net

Name: Jimmy Solis

Age: 61

City/county of residence: Cuero, TX / DeWitt County

Office Seeking: County Commissioner Precinct 1

Party Affiliation: Democrat

Occupation: Civil Maintenance Supervisor

Why do you want to serve in the office you are seeking?

To become involved in solving problems with the county. Roads are in need of repair. Ditches, erosion, and drainage need to be addressed. The heavy drilling activity that the county is experiencing is taking its toll. I have experience in building and maintaining roads, ditches, and drainage systems. I know what it takes to do the job correctly and look forward to make a difference in the economic development of our county.

What qualifies you to serve in this office?

I have 12 years experience in management in an oilfield company in the drilling fluids division. Also, a supervisor for 21 years in the civil maintenance department at a chemical plant. Building new roads and maintaining roads, ditches, culvert piping and drainage systems is what I do daily. I am hazmat trained and involved in supervising, budgeting and purchasing for projects from start to finish.

If elected, how will you go about effectively serving your constituents?

If elected I will work hard for my constituents in DeWitt County. I will be fiscally responsible, maximizing every dollar. I will work closely with the residents addressing their concerns, and needs.

Making sure their voice is heard and concerns are top priority. I will be a very approachable person to everyone, and I will work with the other commissioners to make DeWitt County an even better county for the future.

Is there anything else you would like to discuss concerning your election?

I want to thank everyone for their support during the primary election and urge them to get out and vote again. Every vote is important.

Phone number, address, email address or website where people can contact you for more information.

Phone: 361-275-5876

Email: jimmysolistx@gmail.com

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