Incumbent faces five in commissioner race

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

May 5, 2012 at 12:05 a.m.

Victoria County Precinct 1 Commissioner Kenny Spann has a simple recipe for his re-election campaign.

"I don't meet a stranger, I don't have an enemy," Spann said. "You just do your job and be polite."

Five other candidates are vying for Spann's position and the Democratic Party nomination. Early voting for the primary opens May 14.

Spann said he wants to continue leading the county as it grows.

"There are still goals I want to meet," Spann said.

His strengths for the position include the experience he gained during the past term and his history of working as an engineering inspector for Victoria, as well as his practice in promptly returning phone calls, getting the job done in fair time and being efficient, he said.

He summed up his qualifications - "experience, leadership and personality."

Spann said one of his major accomplishments was opening up the Bloomington courtesy station less than three months into office. Although the county loses money by keeping the station open, he said it keeps garbage from ending up in the ditches and keeps residents happy.

"As long as I'm here, the station will remain open," he said.

Finishing the road to the San Juan Cemetery in Bloomington and reworking the York Road bridge to a two-lane instead of one-lane were also high points during his term, he said.

"As projects come up, I get them done," Spann said.

If elected to another term, Spann said he wants to focus on the Farm-to-Market Road 616 and Wood Street intersection in Placedo, and find funds for a playground in Bloomington.

He said the budget is his biggest challenge.

"When you're lacking on income from sales tax, it makes it more difficult to have a balanced budget," Spann said. "We had a good sales tax return for 2012, and that makes it easier to do a budget."

The county "is building up quite a bit," he said. "Especially since Port of Victoria is so busy."

With that development, he said more of the budget will need to be allotted to "beefing up" roads on the route to the port.

"It'll be a good challenge, but we'll get it done," Spann said.



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