Commissioner candidates share platforms at forum

The candidates for Hutchinson County Commissioner, Precinct Three, shared their platforms during the candidates forum held by the Hutchinson County Republican Women Tuesday evening.Nathan Sargent was the first candidate to speak to the audience. He said he is a farmer that lives west of Stinnett and his wife is from the Pringle area.He said he has served on a co-op board and the Pringle-Morse school board. He has two grown children and six grandchildren. He said he and his wife enjoy activities such as hunting and four-wheeling in their spare time, and also regularly attend the activities of their grandchildren.Sargent said he decided to run for county commissioner so he can serve the people of Hutchinson County. He said he and his family have lived in the county since 1961.“I would just like to be able to serve and give back to the community a little bit of what they’ve given me,” he said. “I would like to represent the people of Hutchinson County, because Hutchinson County is where I live. I’d like to be able to do some things. I don’t have any kind of agenda going into this office. I would like to work with the other commissioners.”He said he doesn’t have any agenda of going in and changing anything, but would like the opportunity to serve and use his abilities to do something for the community.Incumbent S.T. “Red” Isbell was the next to speak to the crowd about his platform. He said he is currently serving in his 16th year in the role of commissioner. He said he is very proud of what the commissioners have done, particularly with renovations to the county courthouse. Isbell said he is most proud of the monument that currently sits in front of the courthouse.“It was a lot of hard work from a lot of people, but it’s done, and it’s something that sticks out for me,” he said. “I don’t have a whole lot to say, but I would like to stand on my record of the way I’ve voted and the way I’ve been. I’m a people person, and I always enjoy visiting with different people.”(Watch for continued coverage from the candidates’ forum in upcoming editions of the Borger News-Herald.)