BONHAM, Texas (KTEN) — "I want to put service before self," said Fannin County Judge-elect Newt Cunningham.

Cunningham takes the seat at the beginning of 2023. He  plans on addressing several issues, including improved roads, better infrastructure, and fixing the county's water issue.

Fannin County is home to two major new reservoirs — Bois d'Arc Lake, operated by the North Texas Municipal Water District, which distributes water to customers in portions of Grayson, Collin, Hunt, Hopkins, Rains, Collin, Dallas, Rockwall and Kaufman counties; and Lake Ralph Hall, operated by the Upper Trinity Regional Water District, which serves parts of Denton and Collin Counties.

Fannin County is not in the service area of either water district. 

"I think we need to reach some accommodation with North Texas and with the Upper Trinity. We need to make certain we have water available to us here in the county," Cunningham said. 

The judge-elect wants to balance a healthy budget, something he credits current Fannin County Judge Randy Moore with doing well.

"We as public servants treat the money as being money we're holding in trust, and we make certain that we attempt to do more with less," Cunningham said. "I think we owe that to the taxpayers."

Cunningham's term begins on January 1.