Deputy wants to clean up county precinct
May 3, 2012 at 12:03 a.m.
Transparency is the main issue for a Victoria County sheriff's deputy seeking office as Precinct 1 commissioner.
Kenneth Wells, 46, of Victoria, said his platform centers on community service and "trust with transparency."
Running for commissioner is the "next step in my progression in life," he said.
To win the Democratic Party nomination for Precinct 1, Wells will have to beat five other candidates, including the incumbent, a former commissioner, former councilman, former judge and a retired state employee. Early voting for the primary opens May 14.
Wells has worked for the sheriff's office the past 14 years in various capacities, including a jailer, bailiff and a deputy.
He graduated from Stroman High School in 1984.
He said he does not have any business experience, but said he is familiar with funding after researching and receiving a 2009 grant project for after-school programs.
Commissioners' main responsibilities, according to the Texas Association of Counties, is building and maintaining the roads and bridges of the county, and adopting the budget and tax rate. Wells said that is "the minimum."
"What people are asking for is a park built in Bloomington, a Boys and Girls Club and neighborhood watch," he said.
Wells' platform includes addressing graffiti within Precinct 1, increasing public safety for home and business owners and creating jobs. Accomplishing the first two objectives will bring jobs to the precinct, he said.
He also wants to create a Precinct 1 website for reporting graffiti and other problems.
"I'm tired of seeing graffiti," Wells said. "It stays up and no one does anything about it ... it's sad. In the other communities, you don't see the graffiti."
He said getting rid of that is the first step to inspiring community pride and helping the precinct prosper.
"I want new businesses and homeowners to come into our precinct and make it flourish," Wells said. "It's about making the community safer, beautiful and a good place to live."