Goliad County Judge candidates aim focus on budget

Gabriella Canales By Gabriella Canales

Feb. 6, 2018 at 10:12 p.m.
Updated Feb. 7, 2018 at 6 a.m.

Budget issues are the greatest concern for the four Goliad County judge candidates.

The three Republicans and one Democrat have different plans if elected to take charge of the situation.

The primary election will be March 6.

Incumbent Pat Calhoun, who is completing his first term in office, was elected in 2014.

If re-elected, he intends to find options to attract new industry to Goliad.

He has been involved in meetings with various groups to explore different options, Calhoun said.

Between 2014 and 2018, $899,000 has been lost in revenue, Calhoun said. New business is the solution to make up for the lost revenue.

Calhoun plans to find a balance between services for his constituents, while being frugal.

Mike Bennett, of Goliad, said Goliad needs leadership.

"Goliad is in financial trouble," Bennett said.

Budget deficits, negative press and bringing new business to the county are his three focus areas.

His plans include trimming the budget, restoring commissioners court and increasing community involvement.

Bennett said he would forgo the annual salary for the first year, if elected.

Ernest Alaniz, of Goliad, said Goliad's economic growth is static.

"Goliad needs new and innovative way to reduce costs, along with a dedicated economic development effort to complement the cost reduction efforts,” Alaniz said.

Wilfred Korth, a Democrat of Berclair, said his 40-year experience as a park manager qualifies him for the job.

More tourists equal more business development, he said.

The declining county tax base, housing and amenities are his three focuses.

If elected, he plans to create an inventory of what the county has and create partnerships to decide what facilities are needed.

"We need a group that's more proactive and less reactive," Korth said.

A solution to promote economic development is finding an industry that fits with the county's rural community and inviting it to locate in the county.

The winner of the primary will face Korth in the November general election.

This story has been updated from its original version to correct the date of the primary election, accurately portray a quote by Ernest Alaniz, correct background information of Mike Bennett and party affiliation of Wilfred Korth.



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