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Hays County Commissioner, Precinct 3

County Commissioners serve on the Commissioners Court, the governing body of the County, with the County Judge. County Commissioners carry on county government, which includes: providing safety protection, water, public transportation, parks, hospitals; and is also involved with zoning, permit regulations, levying and collecting taxes for county and municipal organizations as established by Texas statutes.
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    Colin McFerrin (Rep) Attorney at Law Firm of McFerrin & Zayed, PLLC

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    Lon A. Shell (Rep)

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1) In your opinion which roads are in greatest need of improvement in your precinct and how will you achieve the work of road improvement?

2) What is the priority issue for your precinct? How will you gain support in the commissioner’s court for this issue?

Education B.S., Molecular and Cell Biology, Texas A&M University; J.D., Texas Wesleyan School of Law, cum laude
Experience Successful small business owner, business and family law attorney, Air Force veteran, blessed husband, and proud father of three amazing children.
Campaign Email colinforhays@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (254) 405-2581
There is little doubt many roads in Hays County require updating and safety improvements due to our explosive growth. In the last ten years, Hays County has seen a 45.6% increase in population and now has over 204,000 residents traveling our roads. And with increased drivers comes increased safety concerns. Even with the recent improvements along RR 12, our citizens continue losing their lives due to drivers recklessly using turn lanes as passing lanes. Accordingly, one of my priorities will be the addition of passing lanes along Ranch Road 12 from RM 32 to Wonder World to improve safety.
There are two priority issues to address. First, Hays County has the eighth highest effective property tax rate in Texas according to EmpowerTexans.com. I will ensure we no longer tax our veterans and those on a fixed income out of their homes by implementing conservative, fiscally-sound policies. The second issue is the staggering debt incurred by the previous and current commissioners. Texas Comptroller data clearly states Hays County has the SECOND highest debt-per-capita in Texas. I will cut the irresponsible, rampant spending to prevent our children from facing such unsustainable debt.
Education Graduate of San Marcos High School, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station
Experience Current Hays County Commissioner, 7 years as Hays County Chief of Staff, President of San Marcos Hays County EMS, small business owner
Campaign Email LonAShell@yahoo.com
Campaign Phone (512) 644-0848
Safety improvements on FM 3237, RM 12 in and near Wimberley, and in school zones. Continuation of Improvements to roads within Woodcreek North. Improvements to Posey Rd, Centerpoint Rd and McCarty Ln between IH 35 and Hunter Rd. Drainage and safety improvements on Lime Kiln Rd and Hilliard Rd. This work can be achieved by continuing to leverage County funds and our strong financial management practices to access transportation funding from other resources which will reduce the burden on the county taxpayer. These improvements are necessary to ensure our families are able to travel safely.
We must protect our quality of life in a fiscally responsible way. Hays County is growing, which requires sound planning and investments to improve emergency services and road safety and protect our water supply, while maintaining balanced budgets and lower tax rates. My background as a successful businessman will help me to accomplish this by reducing bureaucratic waste, finding cost effective solutions to problems, planning for future needs, and leading with integrity.