Released by David Stein:
SMITH COUNTY, TX - David Stein announces that he will run for County Commissioner, Precinct #2 in the March Republican Primary. Appointed to fill the term of the late Don Pinkerton, Stein held the seat from May 2005 through December 2006. During his time as Commissioner, he was instrumental in moving the County Roadmap Business Plan forward and provided direction for the implementation of departmental business plans and productivity measurement. We have a great department leader team. They are an asset to the taxpayers and there is tremendous potential here to move the County forward."
Stein wants to step up business plan efforts with the professional, "can do" department heads who work for the Commissioners Court. "It is imperative for government to operate as efficiently as possible while being good stewards of taxpayers' money. Government must provide the needed services, while being non-intrusive into the lives of a community's private citizens.
As a part of the local small business community, Stein is an active member of the Smith County Republican Club in which he has served as President for 2009. He also serves on the Executive Board for the United Way of Tyler/Smith County, participates in the Annual Smith County Relay for Life as the emcee for the past nine years, serves on the Tyler Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs and Surface Transportation Committees, the Leadership Team for New Covenant Church, volunteers with Keep Tyler Beautiful, and is the host of the "On Ramp" radio program on 89.5 KVNE.
"I was a pro-employee commissioner; I believe in providing the right incentives for people to thrive in a culture that rewards achievement and true results. We implemented a new benefits plan during my tenure that greatly reduced healthcare cost for Smith County employees which in turn helped to reduce voluntary turnover. This saved taxpayer dollars.
We must continue to provide advancing technology for our Sheriff's Department to equip them with what is needed to do their jobs. Our big challenge lies within running an efficient county, and making sure we stretch every penny as far as it will go. There are tough issues facing our county that must be dealt with now so that our children and grandchildren won't inherit them. We must accelerate our road reconstruction program and find creative ways to fund needed repairs while being financially responsible. With all that our nation faces today, people want, need, and deserve elected officials who will truly serve the people with a sense of business urgency, a deep sense of responsibility, genuine integrity and visible actions of servant leadership. Even in a tough economic climate, we are experiencing explosive growth; we must be proactive so that we are well prepared for the future. Smith County has an opportunity to move forward as a premier location for companies to operate which provides jobs for our community while at the same time, providing for a wonderful environment to live.