PORT ARTHUR —
By Chelsea Henderson
The News staff writer
The Jefferson County Democratic Party has named Thomas Paul Sigee Sr., of Beaumont, as its nominee for tax-assessor collector.
Sigee will appear on the Nov. 4 general election ballot — along with Republican candidate Allison Nathan Getz — to fill the position left vacant by Shane Howard in February.
Sigee ran and lost the office to Howard during the last election cycle, Sheila Sachitano, Jefferson County Democratic Party chairwoman, said.
“Mr. Sigee has represented the party before, and he only lost the last election by 16 votes,” Sachitano said. “We thought he was our best choice, so we decided to run him again.
“He is a very fine man and a veteran. He’s very concerned about voters’ rights. What people don’t realize is that your tax assessor-collector is also your voter registrar. One of the parties is currently trying to limit voters’ access to the polls, but we’ll see that again very soon.”
Sigee is currently an auditor for Jefferson County, so he knows his way around finance, Sachitano said.
Tunesha Robinson, Jefferson County Democratic Party political assistant organizer, said that Sigee — a decorated U.S. Army veteran — knows how hard he will have to fight to continue protecting citizens’ freedom back home.
“Mr. Sigee is a person I can look up to,” Tunesha Robinson, Jefferson County Democratic Party political assistant organizer, said. “I look up to him because he did serve our country, and he knows a lot about Jefferson County. He fights for what he believes in and what’s right for his country.
“He only lost by 16 votes. That’s how important it is for everyone to vote. If we get him out to express how important it is to vote and to educate people on how to vote, that won’t be an issue anymore. To get a soldier to come out and educate these people on the importance of voting and on the importance of education — that’s the most wonderful thing we can do.”
The election will determine whether Sigee or Getz will 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.