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Smith Co. Commissioner, Terry Phillips, to run for re-election

Released by the Office of Terry Phillips, Smith County Commissioner Pct. 3:

SMITH COUNTY, TX - Terry Phillips has an excellent conservative voting record and is known to be the most conservative Commissioner on the court. Terry's voting record clearly supports the views of a large majority of the voters in Precinct 3, who favor low taxes and protecting personal property rights. Terry is active in the community, attending dozens of events and meetings, and is a tireless advocate for conservative values.

Terry has served his term with honesty and integrity. He promised not to take the salary increases that the previous court voted themselves and by doing so will return almost forty-eight thousand dollars back to the county by the end of his term. Terry voted against the 2010 budget that spent more money than was taken in, he also voted against the 2011 budget that raised county taxes 2.5 cents; however, he did vote for the 2012 budget which was a balanced budget.

Terry and wife, Karen, have been married thirty-three years and have two sons, Lance and Derek. The Phillips have been members of Rose Heights Church for over twenty-eight years where Terry has served on the Pastor's Council, Middle Adult Board and the Children's Department and currently serves as one of the head ushers. Terry has lived in Smith County more than thirty-four years.

"I have considered it an honor to serve the citizens of Smith County and Precinct 3. I have kept my promise not to take the raises Commissioners voted themselves and in addition, passed an ordinance prohibiting Commissioners from giving themselves raises. I use common sense and a business approach and ask for the God's direction in every decision I make. I have taken a strong stance for open and accountable county government with a citizens-first mind set. While in office, road complaints have been reduced by nearly 75 percent due to a restructuring in the road and bridge department which created crews responsible for particular quadrants of the county, while at the same time reducing the manpower by thirty-three employees. Roads will continue to be my top budget priority. In addition, I served on the Heavy Haul committee and passed an ordinance to help protect county roads and local trucking businesses. I was opposed to the $125 million failed jail plan, but supported the plan for the $35 million bare bones jail, along with bonds being sold at the lowest interest rate possible, which saved the taxpayers an additional $5.5 million in interest and will allow the jail to be paid off three years earlier than planned. I currently serve on the jail construction committee to ensure the jail is constructed in the most cost effective manner. As the liaison to the county collections department, I assisted in privatizing the collections to an outside firm, saving the county $160k per year.

In these tough and uncertain economic times, I believe that Smith County needs a proven strong conservative that is not afraid to make tough, well-informed decisions, and I am committed to shouldering those responsibilities. I pledge to continue to be a person who will fight for conservative principles, an open and small government, and good stewardship of the tax dollars for the hard working citizens of Smith County. I would consider it an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Smith County a second term as Commissioner of Precinct 3."

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