Billy Hatten is in the race for Gregg County Commission Precinct 4. According to Hatten, he had planned to run for commissioner 7 years ago but John Mathis, the current county commissioner approached him and asked for his help. Hatten became his campaign manager and made sure Mathis won the terms he has served.

“John said after 2 terms he would retire and endorse me. This is why I agreed in the first place to help him,” said Hatten. “I believe a man’s word is his bond.” According to Hatten, time has come for him to run.

He knows he can do a great job. Hatten’s platform includes:

Cutting frivolous spending like ing equipments that are not needed.

Consult with and obtain input from Precinct 4 constituents on how best to spend unused money in the budget.

Attend all the meetings at the commissioners court.

Attend conferences and bring back reports to Precinct 4.

Inform his constituents of county business.

In addition, Hatten promises to work with city and  other county officials for the prosperity of the greater Longview area and Gregg county. Hatten was born and raised in Avinger, Texas. He has been a resident of Longview, Texas for 39 years. He met and married Katie Patton. The couple are blessed with 3 children and 2 grand children. Hatten is a graduate of Kilgore College with an associate degree in Supervisory Management. Moreover, he is a graduate of the East Texas Police Academy. Currently, Hatten is serving as a deputy reserve officer with the Gregg County department.

Hatten has worked in state and county government for over 15 years as a career counselor for the state of Texas Workforce Center. At this time, he is employed as administrative superintendent with Gregg County, Precinct 4.

Hatten said, “I have always had a special interest in being in a position to serve the county and surrounding areas for all citizens and I will do it well.”