Terry County Judge J.D. “Butch” Wagner has announced his plans to run for re-election in the upcoming election. Election Primary date will be March 1, 2022. The last day to file for this Primary is December 31, 2021.
Judge Wagner has been serving as County Judge for three four-year terms.
Judge Wagner has lived in Terry County his entire life, and is married to County Deputy Kaye Wilks Wagner.
In his eleven years of service, thus far, Judge Wagner stated, “I am proud that we have worked hard to get the Case Load down. We have also maintained a great relationship with other area cities and counties. I am also proud of the great relationship we have with Brownfield City Manager Jeff Davis. He and I work really well together.”
The Judge also talked about the Courthouse renovation that has been completed during his tenure. “I love how everything looks. We got a lot of the history back in this building, particularly in the District Courtroom.”
Some of the challenges the Judge sees ahead are, certainly the budget. “We have a harder time each year with our budget. As our tax base has fallen, we still have to work hard to maintain the services we need to provide for our citizens. It just gets tougher every year.”
The Judge also feels that staying on top of the COVID-19 issues is another challenge that will be with us for a while. “As bad as we hate it, we have to face the facts that this is just not going away, and we have to continue working to keep it at bay.”
Judge Wagner feels like with all the challenges these days, maintaining continuity is important. “I have worked on budget in good times and bad. We worked with the City and Jeff during the COVID-19 crisis, and we are still not sure where that is going. I just feel like having someone in office that has been in office throughout these challenges is important.”
Judge Wagner stated, “I want to continue serving during these trying times, and hopefully see us through to some better times. I have enjoyed serving the citizens of Terry County and I would like to continue to serve.”