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[Note: This completes the series of articles introducing each of the primary candidates, posting their campaign finance information as well as a video of each when possible]
Complete copies of these and other January, 2010 Semi-annual form C/OH campaign finance reports are available on-line here.
Contributions July - Dec. $20,354
Expenditures July - Dec. $14,346
Campaign account balance Dec. 31 - $26,908
Loans - $9,019
Major contributors (+- $1,000):
John Aughinbaugh - $1,000
Texas Association of Realtors PAC - $1,000
Carter & Burgess PAC - $1,000
Bill Carmickle - $2,000
Rich Family Partners, LTD - $1,000
C.P. & Y. Inc. PAC - $1,000
CH2M Hill PAC - $1,000
Rodney J. Vilhauer - $1,000
Anthony Jeffrey - $1,000
David Andrews - $1,000
Halff Assoc. PAC - $1,000
Contributions July - Dec. $0
Expenditures July - Dec. $0
Campaign account balance Dec. 31 - $0
Loans - $0
Major contributors (+- $1,000):
Contributions July - Dec. $2,889
Expenditures July - Dec. $2,794
Campaign account balance Dec. 31 - $1,309
Loans - $10,000
Major contributors (+- $1,000):
Contributions July - Dec. $14,465
Expenditures July - Dec. $8,445
Campaign account balance Dec. 31 - $6,020
Loans - $0
Major contributors (+- $1,000):
C.W. Kendall - $2,000
Carla McPeters - $1,000
William Grant - $1,000
Jerry McPeters - $1,000
Thank you for providing such an informative program on the upcoming elections and other Collin County political issues. I know many of the candidates and listen to their speeches, thanks to you. It gives me a better insight as to who they really are. I noticed that Jerry Hoagland did not have additional remarks about the county hiring Arabs and Indians. That was such an embarassment for Collin County and hope that people will check further into Jerry's actions before putting too much stock into his speeches. He's really not the caliber candidate that Collin County residents deserve. Perhaps he's been in office too long and suffers from that dreaded burnout. It's time to replace him. Thanks!
Here is my rundown on the candidates:
Jerry - What you see is what you get, and that's not a bad thing. Sometime, predictability can be a very good thing in politics. You may have to put up with some stuff that bugs you at times, but you know what you're in for and you don't have to worry about his vote.
Cheryl - I believe Cheryl will be very innovative on the court and will grow into this position. That may sound like she needs on the job training, but I think that's the case with anyone who gets elected to a new position. She will be a fast learner and will serve the county well. What the far right will want to know is, is she sold out on conservatism, only time will tell. I do think she would do well.
Karl - Karl is a passionate conservative and that should make people question their votes between Jerry and Karl, but I don't think they will. Older folks are repetitive voters and I think Jerry will continue to capture that vote. I also think Cheryl's rise in this race caught Karl off guard. I don't know if Karl had a chance, but with Cheryl performing well in campaigning terms, Karl's chances continue to slide. Will he be able to garner enough grassroots support to force a runoff will be the big news in this race.
Now, I will give you my prediction.
Jerry will be the top vote getter and Cheryl will hope for a solid turnout for herself and from Karl forcing a runoff between her and Jerry. Throw some Matt Shaheen runoff campaign tactics in the recipe and you will have an interesting show.
I like that Cheryl is one of the only non-incumbents questioning the fact that county commissioners are so funded by developers and vendors.
There have been so many times that Jerry has embarrassed the county. In 1980 I'm sure he represented what Collin County was like, but not anymore.
I think its time for voters to consider mixing up commissioners court again and getting rid of a aggravating sore on our county's governing body.
Jerry (and his wife) have been on the taxpayer's payroll for their entire careers, and it's not right.
Jerry votes against the budget a bunch (which pass anyway), but I can't think of a single time that he's voted against a raise in his own pay. Conservative? I think not.
We don't need that kind of "history" on the court anymore.
SO LONG JERRY!!!
I would submit to you that county commissioners SHOULD be at the courthouse, and at the jail, and at the annex buildings, and at the juvenile detention center, and at probation officers, and at fleet services, and at at the substance abuse office, and at the WIC office, and at the umpteen other county offices which they pretend to know so well when they go line by line slashing costs.
Maybe if they did spend a little more time in county facilities and less time touring courthouse in Florida and Las Vegas, they'd be a little more in tune to what's going on. I know the other elected officials would appreciate it if county commissioners actually spent time in their offices before making arbitrary budget decision.
Gosh, thanks Anonymous, for setting the bar so low for county commissioners. I'm sure we're all better served by your willingness to tolerate idle county commissioners.
Do you really think Jerry is a bad commissioner? I think it would be hard to say that. Do you think it is time for him to leave office and let a fresh perspective sit on the court in his seat, yes, I think most would agree with that.
With that said, I want to go back to people focusing on the workload of a commissioner. Is it Jerry's fault or is it the court's fault? I think that's a valid question. Think about the role of that job. What is the actual time committment required to be an effective commissioner. I believe it should be a 50-60 hour work week. For the salaries those people get, I think they should be working their tails off for you and me.
The question becomes, what if they don't do that? What if a commissioner decides, I 'm really only going to work 20 hours this week although it will look like I'm working 40? It's not like your job or my job where if I wasn't in my office for half the week, my boss would be waiting for me at the door when I returned, only to let me know that I could turn back around and leave again...for good.
So, if a commissioner can get away with doing his or her job in 20 or 30 hours a week, why wouldn't they do that? To take it even further, let's say you have a really sharp and really good commissioner who gets their job done, keeps their constituents happy and is working 30 hours a week. If they do everything they're supposed to and they keep their promises to their constituents, is there an issue?
I hope you see where I am coming from. This court has such an arbitrary workload system. It's not defined. I think we should take a serious look at the structure of the court and see how we can improve the transparency of their workload. If not, I think we should look at "remodeling" their outrageous salaries.
I admire your respective on the nature of the commissioners' job demands and how they came to be.
I do, however, disagree that Jerry has been a good commissioner - at least in recent years. Undoubtedly he made contributions in the first decade of his office. But, since then he has served to dishonor the people of Collin County through a thoughtless tongue and arrogant votes.
From arrogant raises of 17%, to racist comments and endless bigotry, Jerry Hoagland simply isn't the caliber of elected official we need anymore.
Now, to support your point about a commissioner’s job, I submit to you that they indeed have plenty of work to keep them busy for at least 40 hours a week. In addition to meetings, they need to be visiting the trenches and attempting to grasp the complex issues facing the county using a hands-on approach, not just seeing how much they can learn during each meeting. The level of debate at commissioners court meetings leaves much to be desired from a academic and management standpoint.
Instead, commissioners court has an administrative staff of 4 ladies who are vastly more familiar with the operations of the county individually than the commissioners combined. This isn't to mention the department heads of engineering, human resources (with a staff larger than the elections department), budget department, health department (which is constantly spat upon by commissioners) and the county administrator himself, who struggle to lower himself to the level of the commissioners' understanding. And, why do these people know the county so well? Because they spend every day with it.
I submit to you that it is the voters who are content with rhetoric and ideological jib jab rather than substantive management of the county. These are the people who are worried that no illegal immigrant receive a vaccine or that no alleged criminal receive free counsel, while they squander tax dollars on junkets and lunches.
I have to hand it to Joe Jaynes. Of all the commissioners he is in the office the most and seems closest to his constituents. I don't always agree with him, but I feel he works the hardest.
I welcome more debate on this, Davis, for there is nothing to gain except the quality of our leaders :)
Keith Self's travel receipts for that trip to Florida totaled a whopping $203.31.(Public record)
It's easy to edit video to get the desired effect to discredit an honorable man.
Get a life!
Did he walk to Florida, stay in a cardboard box and walk to the different venues?
I just took one of my employees on a business trip to California. His expense report totaled $20 and my expense report totaled $3000.
I paid for his plane ticket, car rental, hotel room and most meals under my expense report. I'm 100% sure the entire cost of Self going to Florida wasn't only $203.31.
I'm sure Self is honorable. He and the rest of the county made a poor decision on this trip.
Given his "I'm standing by the taxpayer" mantra he should have vocally protested the valet parking, the meals at Kobe Steakhouse and Bern's Steakhouse and even the pack of chewing gum we paid for.
Instead his public quote was the trip may be perceived as a "little excessive" (understatement) and "elected officials have discretion to take trips as they deem necessary."
There was no discretion in this trip. It was a vacation/working trip. I'm sure the there are other restaurants in Miami other than the expensive Kobe and Bern's. Oh... and what did our money spent on at those two restaurants? Lobster and Filet Mignon.
Now, I do take some business trips to some rather nice spots. Sometimes I upgrade my car to something nice. I sometimes upgrade my airplane ticket to first class. I sometimes eat at $100 plate restaurants. I sometimes upgrade my hotel room. But I never charge my partnership for the excess. I expense what is reasonable for the location for example coach airfare, mid size car, average hotel room and $20 or less a meal.
I expect my Count Commissioners to do the same with our money.
This trip was taken AFTER every single district judge at the time wrote a letter stating they would issue a standing order forbidding the use of electronic recording equipment in their courtrooms and demanded that live court reported be used - as they always have.
But, in true Self fashion, he didn't want to listen to the elected officials. Of course he preaches about their 'discretion' when it benefits him, but he's willing to overrule their discretion at a whim.
So, two trips, paid by tax payers, were taken after the judges had refused to do away with live court reporters.
These trips were a sham and were nothing more than vacations. Everyone knew the recording systems would not be implemented, but they took the trips anyway to ..."learn more." In fact, it was us, the taxpayers, who learned about the true intentions of Keith Self on that trip!
For anyone to think that Keith flew to Florida, stayed in a hotel, used any form of transportation and ate food at a total cost of $203 is childish.
The problem is, Keith Self supporters will believe ANYTHING he says. Reminds me of some guy that ran for President in 2008...what was his name again?
The reason I support Jerry Hoagland is pretty simple. Because of what he has accomplished for Collin County. I recent moved here 3 years ago and had my choice to anywhere to live in the Dallas metro area. In doing my research I found that Collin County to be among the best to live and raise a family. Everyone has their own criteria in making this decision low crime, good schools, well maintained roads/infrastructure, solid neighborhoods, and a government that works for the people.
Many people look at getting involved when something bad happens and that catalyst starts them down a path of questioning leaders decisions and voting for change. But I have found that it is equally important to get involved when something good is happening also. Because that means that things are being done right by our elected officials and by not getting involved there could change for the worse.
Jerry Hoagland has an extensive history of doing the right things for Collin County which I can see in my daily activities and in my original reason for moving to Collin County. Through a simple task of his reaching out to public I was Invited to his home, greeted like a member of the family, and had the opportunity to not only learn of the great tasks he has accomplished but also learn of his plans for the future in the place I call my home. Please join me in voting for Jerry Hoagland for County Commissioner.
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