Two candidates for county post  emerge after announcement
Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor

Oct. 28, 2005 -- While the start of the filing period for political races is more than a month away, political activity in Hopkins County got off to a rapid start Friday morning.

Close on the heels of long-time County Treasurer Betty Bassham announcing she would not seek another term in office, two people announced their intentions to file as candidates for the office.

Treva Watson, an assistant in the county auditor's office, and Jim Rooks, former district administrator for U.S. Rep. Jim Chapman, both said Friday morning they would be seeking election to the county treasurer's office.

Mrs. Watson said she was excited to have the opportunity to run for the treasurer's office.

"I realize it is a very important office of county government," she said. "It is where the county's money is receipted in."

Watson has worked for the county for the past 12 years in the auditor's office where it has been her responsibility to work closely with the treasurer's office.

"I feel like that I am well qualified to carry on," she said. 

Mrs. Watson and her husband, James, have three children and seven grandchildren.

Rooks is a retired state employee and also worked as district administrator for Congressman Jim Chapman. He also worked as substitute teacher in alternative education programs for the 8th Judicial District Court and as a substitute teacher for the Sulphur Springs Independent School District.

The prospective candidate said he felt his background has prepared him to handle the duties of the treasurer's office.

"I tried being retired for a while, and I guess I am not ready to be retired," he said. "I think I can bring some things to that office that will be of benefit to both the courthouse and elected officials and to the taxpayers of the county."

He pointed to his tenure in the state comptroller's office and was comfortable with the idea of looking for a better way to do things and the amount of work required.

"You have to take into account everybody's interest in situations like that," he said. "I would bring maybe a little different skill set to the job of treasurer."

The filing period for candidates seeking a place on the ballot in next year's primary elections will open on Saturday, Dec. 3, and continue through Monday, Jan. 2, 2006.

Hopkins County Clerk Debbie Shirley said prospective candidates must get their information packet from her office before filing their intentions with the county chairman of the candidate's chosen political party.

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