"We were probably a little late getting to the campaign trail," Floyd said. "Because I am performing the duties of the office, it has limited my time."
Floyd was appointed as interim county judge following the resignation of
Easingwood said he is not encouraged by Floyd's list of credentials, saying it does not make him the more qualified candidate.
"He tries to tout his ability as JP. ... All he has is his JP field," Easingwood said. "It's just political talk."
Easingwood was precinct 4 county commissioner from 1999 to 2011 and characterized himself as a man of action.
"I'm a doer; I'm definitely a doer," Easingwood said.
Contacted by telephone at his home in
"I firmly believe Steve is the best candidate," Brown said. "He has a demeanor that fits the job. He's smart. ... He understands negotiations; he gets along with everybody. ... I don't think Richard has the ability to get along with the other officials."
Brown referred to an interview Easingwood gave to the Standard-Times in
"You, as a judge, have to have the ability to work with people," Brown said. "Richard's a nice guy. I'm just not sure he's the person
Bushong and her husband were one of Easingwood's largest financial supporters in the January reports, having donated
Bushong praised Easingwood for his ability to listen and to work with people. When she and her husband moved to
"When Richard said he would do something, he did it. If he was not able to do something, he explained why," Bushong said. "He's very knowledgeable, very down-to-earth. (Most) politicians -- they promise you the moon, and you don't see results."
Bushong also complimented Easingwood for his involvement in the community outside of political events, such as being on the
"He gets to know the citizens. Once you know the public, you get to know what they want," she said. "He takes pride in the community."
Floyd argued he has proved himself to be a man of action, having been a part of the effort to better
"There's a difference between promises and performance. I am performing the duties," Floyd said. "I believe
Floyd said he has had experience in the three areas of a county judge's duties and recently has been putting them to use.
County judges handle various matters including mental health patient hearings, risk management, temporary guardianships and budgetary issues.
Easingwood said he is disappointed the county has not lowered the tax rate in some years and is one of the key things he hopes to do if elected to office.
"It's time for the county to give back to the citizens of
While the runs on a tight budget, he said, he believes there are areas where county departments can increase efficiency and do some "belt-tightening."
Floyd said it is something the court has been pursuing, but it's not as simple as it sounds.
"Lowering the tax rate is a very popular slogan. ...
With the oil-related growth entering the community, Floyd said that while officials want to lower taxes, they have to be careful it does not come at the expense of the quality of life.
He said the county is seeking ways to collaborate with the city and school district to find efficiencies.
Floyd assured that county officials are trying to increase its tax base.
Negotiations between county officials and
Easingwood counters that many county officials are more talk than they are action.
"He's waffling on a lot of issues and items that need to be concrete," Easingwood said.
He said many officials, including Floyd, tout their efforts to explore water opportunities, but Easingwood said those statements don't hold much water.
"We don't need to explore anymore," he said. "They know where the water is. ... Every drop of water in the state of
Easingwood said the county needs to create a water development planning and infrastructure department, which he said can legally be done.
"Water is a much more complicated issue," Floyd said. "The county owns no water rights or delivery systems. We are actively pursuing function as a stakeholder in that."
Because the county's primary water sources are controlled by the state, he said the county is limited on what it can do and, for now, the most it can do is push conservation.
Early voters can begin casting their ballots Tuesday at the Edd B. Keyes building.
Whoever wins the
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