Election Q&A: Meet Williamson County Commissioners Court Precinct 3 candidates

Candidates Valerie Covey and Sharon Cummings speak on why they are the best candidate and how they will tackle COVID-19 recovery efforts. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Candidates Valerie Covey and Sharon Cummings speak on why they are the best candidate and how they will tackle COVID-19 recovery efforts. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Candidates Valerie Covey and Sharon Cummings speak on why they are the best candidate and how they will tackle COVID-19 recovery efforts. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)



WILLIAMSON COUNTY



County Commissioner Precinct 3










Valerie Covey



R




Occupation: County commissioner/ certified public accountant


Experience: Over 35 years as a Certified Public Accountant and 13 years as Williamson County Commissioner Pct. 3






Why are you the best candidate for the job?




VC: As a CPA, I have helped provide strong financial management to the county, leading the charge since 2015, to defease debt faster than required saving taxpayers more than $57 million in interest. I have work collaboratively on items such as roads, mental health, public safety, animal shelter and endangered species.




If elected, what will be your top priority?




VC: I will continue to implement the Long-Range Transportation Plan ushering through voter approved road bonds. With continued growth, quality infrastructure is vital to our success. I will also continue to focus my efforts on conservative budget and financial management and issues related to mental health, and pre-trial/indigent defense.




How will you use your position to help Williamson County recover from the impacts of COVID-19?



VC: I will continue to serve on the committee that has created and implemented the policies for distributing $93 million of CARES Act funding. To date, we distributed funds for small businesses, community assistance regarding rent and utilities, as well as cities, [emergency services districts], Bluebonnet Trails Community Services, and the YMCA.








Sharon Cummings



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Occupation: Retired


Experience: Contracting officer for the Pacific Division of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and program analyst for the Port Hueneme Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center






Why are you the best candidate for the job?




SC: I am a Progressive Democrat. Lots of good programs/projects are submitted to the court. Each has a cost. When I vote, I will weigh heavily the cost to our future of not proceeding against the price tag today: renewable energy, education and workforce housing.




If elected, what will be your top priority?




SC: 1. Renewable energy, clean air, clean water and healthy soil.

2. Quality affordable workforce housing close to schools, stores and work.

3. Justice system based on respect and fairness.

4. Remove statues that glorify human traffickers and traitors.





How will you use your position to help Williamson County recover from the impacts of COVID-19?



SC: Health and safety are the main duties of the court. Once a proven safe and effective vaccine is ready, make it available for free. Work to provide an electronic device for each student so they can work lessons and interface with their teacher from home. Standardize health procedures for businesses.


By Ali Linan
Ali Linan began covering Georgetown for Community Impact Newspaper in 2018. Her reporting focuses on education and Williamson County. Ali hails from El Paso and graduated from Syracuse University in 2017.


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