The Port Arthur News
PORT ARTHUR —
By Chelsea Henderson
The News Staff Writer
The Jefferson County Republican Party has named Allison Nathan Getz as its nominee for tax assessor-collector.
Getz will appear on the Nov. 4 general election ballot — along with a yet unannounced Democratic Party nominee — to fill the position left vacant by Shane Howard in February.
Getz was the first person who came forward about the position after Howard resigned, Billy Oliver, Jefferson County Republican Party chairman, said. Four other people approached the party’s executive committee “to put their names in the hat,” but Getz was the only one ready to make the commitment, he said.
“She’s willing to put aside anything in her private sector of life to take this job,” Oliver said. The others weren’t willing to make that final step — to walk away from their private sector of life.”
Oliver said that Getz, a senior financial advisor with Merrill Lynch and lifelong Beaumont resident, will “do the county good.”
“She’s from this community, and she has good ideas,” he said. “She’s always been in the money business. She knows finance. She knows how to run organizations that deal with money, and that’s familiar to her. She’s a good fit.”
With nearly 20 years in the “money business,” Getz is just one of many highly-qualified Republicans voters can expect to see on the November ballot, Oliver said.
“We have much better candidates than the Democrats we’ll be opposing,” he said. “The problem with Jefferson County is that there have been people in office for 30 or 40 years without anyone holding their feet to the fire. We can find candidates to do a better job.”
If elected, Getz would finish the remaining two years of Howard’s term and take over for Terry Wuenschel, who is serving as interim tax assessor-collector until January 2015.