The candidates who filed for a spot on the Somervell County election ballot responded to a questionnaire from the Glen Rose Reporter, and their unedited answers can be seen below.

The early voting period for the March 6 primary begins Tuesday, Feb. 20, and will be in the Somervell County Annex Conference Room. 

The voting sites (all in Glen Rose), as listed on the Somervell County website are:

Precinct 1 — Somervell County Annex Conference Room, 206 Elm St.

Precinct 2 — Senior Citizen Center Paluxy Room, 209 SW Barnard St.

Precinct 3 — Somervell County Expo Center, 202 Bo Gibbs Blvd.

Precinct 4 — Oakdale Park Conference Room, 1019 NE Barnard St.

Each of the locations will be open for voting from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on March 6.

There are five separate contested races on the ballot this year.

The candidates for county treasurer are Kim Freeland and incumbent Susanne Graves.

Running for Justice of the Peace for Precinct 1 are Shane Tipton and incumbent Ronnie Webb.

The Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace race also has two candidates — Matt Holder and incumbent Scott May.

Four candidates will be on the ballot for Precinct 2 County Commissioner (for County Precinct 1 and 2 voters only) — Ramon Bunt, Dwayne Johnson, Judy Nawrocki and Richard Talavera. Nawrocki is the lone Democrat running for any of the county positions this year, with the rest being Republicans. The Precinct 4 position is being vacated by current Commissioner John Curtis.

The race for Precinct 4 County Commissioner (for County Precinct 3 and 4 voters only) will be between Wade Busch and Doug Mitchell. That spot is being vacated by current Commissioner Don Kranz.

Current County Judge Danny Chambers and current District Clerk Michelle Reynolds are both seeking re-election to their posts, and both are unopposed on the ballot.

County Treasurer

KIM FREELAND

1. What is your name, age, hometown and names of your immediate family members?

Kim (Jackson ) Freeland, 53, home town Walnut Springs,  Richard Freeland  (husband ) Larry and Lana Jackson (parents) Malissa Busch (sister) married to Wade Busch. 

2. What, if any, public offices are you currently holding, and what public offices have you held previously?

No public office..currently work in the County /District Clerk Office.

3. What is your education and work history?

Took book keeping class at Hill. Worked in payroll for several different companies along with their deposits and money situations.

4. What motivated you to run for office?

To challenge my self and to make a difference. 

5. If elected, do you have an immediate goal you want to accomplish, or significant changes you intend to make?

Just new eyes on the present situation. Work with HR to make that part of the job better. To be there for the County and the employees. 

SUSANNE GRAVES

1. What is your name, age, hometown and names of your immediate family members?

Susanne Graves, 56, Glen Rose

Son Chase Barber, Daughter August Graves, Grandsons Nikoli and Koree

2.  What if any public offices are you currently holding, and what public offices have you held previously?

Somervell County Treasurer. Worked as Deputy Treasurer for 12 years. Elected as Treasurer and took office in January 2015

3.  What is your education and work history?

Graduated Glen Rose High.

Worked 4 years for Brown and Root. Document Controller lll

3 years Mile High Motor Freight Waco, TX. Office Mgr. Payroll, quarterly taxes, A/P A/R contracts for 35 employees.

8 years North TX Cablevision. Billing Mgr. 15,000. Accounts. Utilized extensive customer service skills.

4 years ML Phinney Dist. Office Mgr. Daily Deposit for 4 vending routes. Inventory Control.

3 years Fibergrate Composite Structures. Engineering Administrative Assistant, Drafting. Interface with Project Managers. Drawings, files, and records.

I also worked for brief periods as substitute teacher, receptionist, and loan clerk.

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Certificate of Completion Weatherford College

In excess of 200 hours Continuing Education specific to Texas County Treasurers and Public Funds Investment Act.

Texas A&M University

40 hours Continuing Education and member of County Investment Academy

McCoy College of Business Administration

4.  What motivated you to run for office?

I had been working for 12 years to learn as much about my office as possible. Prior Treasurer retired from County.

5.  If elected, do you have an immediate goal you want to accomplish, or significant changes you intend to make?

Establish an Investment Committee. Time clock policy. Historical documents digitized.

County Commissioner, Precinct 2

(Being vacated by John Curtis)

Precinct 1 and 2 voters only

RAMON BUNT

1. What is your name, age, hometown and names of your immediate family members? 

My name is Ramon Bunt.  I am proud to call Glen Rose my hometown of 42 years.  In 1999, I married my wife Lurline Bunt, a 1998 Glen Rose graduate and we have raised 3 wonderful children. Colten (19) is a 2017 graduate of High School and is enlisted in the United States NAVY.  Keegan (17) and Kennedy (15) both still attend Glen Rose High School.  My parents, George and Caroline Bunt, brother Tim Bunt, and sister Vanessa (Bunt) Holder were all born and currently reside in Somervell county as well.

2. What, if any, public offices are you currently holding, and what public offices have you held previously? 

I do not hold any public office and have never previously held a public office.

3. What is your education and work history?

I Graduated Glen Rose High School in 1994. I was employed a number of years at Chaparral Steele and Comanche Peak before deciding to follow the oil field boom in 2006.  I worked for Precision Drilling for 8 years holding a number of positions. In 2014, my wife and I decided the time was right to take over the family business of 26 years, Uncle George's Sporting Goods, which we have run for the last 4 years.

4. What motivated you to run for office?

My family and I have talked and prayed about the opportunity to be more involved with the county and try to help us get ready for what the future has in store for us.  I want to keep the county moving forward by working together as a team with the city to bring more businesses into Glen Rose in order to create income for both the city and county and more employment opportunities for our Somervell County residents.  We are growing and with growth comes a lot of changes.  We need to make sure that our Police Department and Fire Department are ready for this growth and have what they both need to operate safely and efficiently. With this planned growth we will also need to look at the probability of more wear on roads and bridges and making sure we have the proper man power and equipment  to do the jobs that will need  to be done.  I do not plan to come in and make any real significant changes, but rather hope to come together as a group to evaluate the budget and the future needs of our community and prepare our county for growth and success.

DWAYNE JOHNSON

1. What is your name, age, hometown and names of your immediate family members?

My name is Dwayne Johnson, I am 57 years old.  I was born and raised in Hico, Texas. I spent a lot of my childhood in Glen Rose, as my mother's side of the family is from Glen Rose. I am surrounded by my wonderful family. Evelina and I are  enjoying raising our grandchildren, Anthony and James Pompa. We keep the kids heavily involved in 4 H, which they show at the Somervell County Youth Fair. We also try to attend a couple of major shows per year, normally San Angelo  and Austin. I think it is important  for children  to learn responsibility,  and hard work, with that comes rewards.

2. What, if any, public offices are you currently holding, and what public offices have you held previously?

Currently, I am serving on the Somervell County Youth Fair board as Vice President, I also serve on the Somervell County Extension office Leadership Advisory board, and Somervell County Livestock committee. 

3. What is your education and work history?

I graduated from Hico High School May of 1979. I also completed a 4 year electrical apprentice  program. I obtained my Wiremans license in two years, my Jouneymans license in 4 years, and my Masters License  in 5 years. I own and operate  Johnson Electric which I have operated since 1996 and have worked in Somervell County and since 2006.

4. What motivated you to run for office?

What motivated me was Somervell County. I love the closeness and the potential of this county.This county has so much to offer to any one who lives here. But in the same manner this county has to be taken care of. There are a lot of changes that are coming to Somervell county. This past calender year 783 new voters moved to this county, not counting children and non registered voters. Someone needs to be Precinct #2 Commisioner  that has the foresight  to see the changes coming. That is capable of coming up with solutions and answers to best serve our county. I feel that I am the right person for that job.

5. If elected, do you have an immediate goal you want to accomplish, or significant changes you intend to make?

If elected my intent is to work to insure  all of our departments are working efficiently as possible. My goal is to make every person in Somervell County feel they are being represented.

JUDY NAWROCKI

1. What is your name, age, hometown and names of your immediate family members?

Judy Nawrocki, 65, Bevent, Wisconsin. Husband John Cockburn,  adult children Anna Nawrocki Backes and Tim Nawrocki; stepchildren Jeremy and Richard Cockburn

2. What, if any, public offices are you currently holding, and what public offices have you held previously? 

I've never held a public office, but I worked at the Somervell County/District Clerk's office from 2006 to my retirement in 2013.  I still substitute as needed at the County Judge and County Attorney's offices, as well as the Somervell County Public Library.

3. What is your educational and work history?

I have a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and worked in employee benefits and human resources for over 20 years, until we moved to Somervell County in 2005.

4. What motivated you to run for office?

I want to give the people in my precinct a greater voice in the way the county's resources — financial and human — are allocated to serve their needs. And while party politics generally don't play a big role in county government, I want to give people another option as a Democrat.

5. If elected, do you have an immediate goal you want to accomplish, or significant changes you intend to make?

I understand that change can take time, but I hope to help find a way for Somervell County to live within its means, not just for the next year or two, but for the long term.  I would like to help draft a strategic plan to address how we can better handle current needs and future growth.  I would like to see more involvement from all citizens on how to make our community even better, and how the Commissioners' Court can better listen and respond to these ideas. I'd like to work on bringing in well-paying jobs and helping our young citizens prepare for them. 

(And just to put a stop to any rumors, I am not running to shut down the Expo Center and/or Golf Course.) 

Thanks for your attention.

RICHARD TALAVERA

1. What is your name, age, hometown and names of your immediate family members?

Richard Q. Talavera

Age 51

Born in Monahans, Ward County, Texas

Married to Desiree Talavera

Children – Dayja, Julian and JoJo

2.  What if any public offices are you currently holding, and what public offices have you held previously?

I am currently a Detective with the Somervell County Sheriff’s Office and have served the State of Texas as a Peace Officer since the age of 21.

3.  What is your education and work history?

I attended Hill and Tarrant County Junior Colleges.  I attended the police academy in 1989 and went to work for the Somervell County Sheriff’s Office in 1989.  I left at the end of 1991 and went to work for Fort Stockton in Monahans as a Police Officer.  My work was in Drug Interdiction, K-9 handling and as a curriculum teacher against drugs. I returned to Somervell County and went to work with the Somervell County Sheriff’s Office in 2001 and was Sergeant over Patrol.  I hold a Master license in Law Enforcement.  During my time at the Somervell County Sheriff’s Office I have served as Lieutenant, Sergeant, and Investigator.  I have served this community for 20 years and want to continue to serve the citizens of Glen Rose and Somervell County.

4.  What motivated you to run for office?

This has been an ambition of mine to run for Somervell County Commissioner for quite some time.  I genuinely care about the citizens that live in this County.  I believe that the decisions I make with the thought of the people in my heart will be the right ones.  John Curtis has done a great job and if elected I hope to do as well as he has done.

5.  If elected, do you have an immediate goal you want to accomplish, or significant changes you intend to make?

If elected, I would like to build our reserve back up so if we have emergencies we can operate comfortably.  I would also like to have a stronger relationship with the City as Glen Rose is the County Seat of Somervell County.  I would like to see economic growth and affordable housing for the citizens of this community.  I also would like to see Somervell County grow in a positive way for the future of our youth.

County Commissioner, Precinct 4

(Being vacated by Don Kranz)

Precinct 3 and 4 voters only

WADE BUSCH

1. What is your name, age, hometown and names of your immediate family members?

My name is Wade Busch, I am 54 years old, I have lived in Glen Rose for the past 46 years.  I have been married to my wife, Malissa for 32 years. We have a 30 year old son, Spencer & our daughter Lynlee is 19.  

2.  What if any public offices are you currently holding, and what public offices have you held previously?

I am currently on the board of trustees of the Glen Rose ISD.  I have been a trustee for the school board for the past 14 years.

3.  What is your education and work history?

I graduated from Glen Rose ISD in 1983.  I have my associates degree in Heavy Equipment Mechanics.  I have worked for Somervell County for 32 years. 22 years ago I became the Road & Bridge Superintendent, working closely with the commissioners on a daily basis.  

4.  What motivated you to run for office?

I have wanted to be apart of the commissioner’s court for many years. As an employee of Somervell County I have become very knowledgeable while working for the commissioners. I feel that I have the knowledge and experience to work with the court to provide quality services to Somervell County. 

5.  If elected, do you have an immediate goal you want to accomplish, or significant changes you intend to make?

My immediate goal is to get any necessary training that would make me a more efficient commissioner.  

DOUG MITCHELL

1. What is your name, age, hometown and names of your immediate family members?

My name is Doug Mitchell. I am a candidate for Somervell County Commissioner Precinct # 4. Glen Rose, the county seat of Somervell County, has been my hometown for over 40 years. I have been married to Ann Mitchell for 41 years. Ann worked as a Registered Nurse for 35 years in Glen Rose and retired from GRISD with 24 years of service. We have 3 children Jeff Mitchell, Law Enforcement Investigator, Jennifer Walker, Human Resources Assistant at GRMC and Justin Mitchell, Sr. Nuclear QA/QC Technician at Comanche Peak Nuclear Plant.

2.  What if any public offices are you currently holding, and what public offices have you held previously?

I currently serve on the Glen Rose City Council. I serve as Chairman of the Oakdale Park Planning Committee. I am Treasure of Glen Rose Economic Development Corporation Board. I have previously served Somervell County as an elected Peace Officer, Constable Precinct #1 in the 1990s.

3.  What is your education and work history?

I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Tarleton State University. I worked 15 years at CPSES Nuclear Power Plant, the last four years as a Field Superintendent, Civil Department for Brown & Root Inc. over construction and maintenance. I went to work for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Parole Division and retired 2 years ago as Senior District Parole Officer, Specialized Programs after 23 years of service. I have work experience in both the public and private sectors. 

4.  What motivated you to run for office?

I have always had an interest in public service as well as state and local politics. Local politics impact our daily lives the most. I feel I have developed good decision-making skills through my career and the time is right for me to serve as County Commissioner.

5.  If elected, do you have an immediate goal you want to accomplish, or significant changes you intend to make?

If elected I will meet with all county department heads to discuss their needs and ideas on improving county services. I am a fiscal conservative. I WILL NOT VOTE TO RAISE YOUR TAX RATE. I am pro small business and will continue to promote Somervell County. I will encourage and recruit industry to locate in Somervell County. I believe we need more jobs that pay a living wage for county citizens. I am a strong supporter of Law Enforcement, Firefighters, First Responders, Active Military and Veterans. “Ready to serve an exceptional county.... Let’s keep it that way!”

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1

SHANE TIPTON

1. What is your name, age, hometown and names of your immediate family members?

My name is Shane Tipton, age 49, hometown of Glen Rose, and my wife's name is Leeann Tipton with son Denver Tipton and daughter Halee Wilson.

2.  What if any public offices are you currently holding, and what public offices have you held previously?

I do not hold a public office but I am currently a Deputy Sheriff for the Somervell County Sheriff's Dept.  This is my first time to ever run for a public office.

3.  What is your education and work history?

I went through the Glen Rose ISD school system.  I attended Hill College and Tarleton State University and later earned my "Public Educator's" certificate to teach grades 8-12. In 1991 I started my career as a Correctional Officer with the Somervell County Sheriff’s Dept. and within two weeks I was promoted to Deputy Sheriff.  I have worked patrol, Narcotics Task Force, S.W.A.T., Sheriff's Emergency Response Team, Drone Pilot, Underwater Search & Recovery, Swift Water Rescue, and many others. I hold a MASTER Peace Officer and MASTER Correctional Officer certificates. In 2007, I was given by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept. the DIRECTOR'S AWARD for "Extraordinary Heroism".  In 2015, I was given the "Hanks Hometown Hero" award.  In 2017-2018, I was given the medal of VALOR and the LIFESAVING medal by the Somervell County Sheriff's Dept.  I am currently stationed at the Glen Rose ISD to educate, protect, and positively influence our future adults and leaders of this community and nation. A job I am very proud and privileged to take on.

4.  What motivated you to run for office?

I am very proud to have been able to serve the community for 25 years that I grew up in and my kids have grown up in.  I believe this is my next step (promotion) in my law enforcement and community service career.  I believe I am the most trained, educated, and service minded candidate of this election.  I am willing and able to continue on my service to this great community and county.

5.  If elected, do you have an immediate goal you want to accomplish, or significant changes you intend to make?

I would like the Justice of the Peace to be more community visible and accommodating.  I believe this position has been way to quiet and reserved in their capacity, helpfulness, and service.  I would like to assist the community, school system, court system, etc. in whatever is needed to the best of my ability.  I have already talked to some of the school admin about assisting in juvenile truancy issues and their sometimes frustrating accommodations.  I will still be a commissioned Texas peace officer, so if my services and/or advice is used or needed in that capacity – then that’s a bonus for all.  The J.P. also needs more training opportunities to make a better educated decision.

RONNIE WEBB

1. What is your name, age, hometown and names of your immediate family members?

MY NAME IS RONNIE WEBB AND I AM 68 YEARS OLD. I WAS BORN IN LONGVIEW , RAISED IN BATSON AND HAVE LIVED IN GLEN ROSE FOR THE PAST 43 YEARS. MY WIFE IS PATTI AND TOGETHER WE HAVE FOUR ADULT CHILDREN: AMANDA, COURTNEY, CASEY AND BRADY WE HAVE FIVE GRANDSONS: TUCKER, MASON, WALKER, PRESTON AND CANNON.

2.  What if any public offices are you currently holding, and what public offices have you held previously.

CURRENTLY I HAVE HELD THE OFFICE OF JUSTICE OF THE PEACE FOR PRECINCT#1 FOR 8 YEARS WITH ONE YEAR REMAINING. TRAINING HAS INCLUDED 240 HOURS THROUGH THE JUSTICE COURT TRAINING CENTER. PRIOR TO THIS, I WAS ELECTED FOR THREE TERMS TO THE GLEN ROSE ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES.

3.  What is your education and work history?

I GRADUATED FROM HARDIN HIGH SCHOOL IN 1968 THEN ATTENDED KILGORE JUNIOR COLLEGE FOR TWO YEARS AND SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY BEFORE JOININGTHE WORKFORCE IN SOUTHPORT NC FOR NUCLEAR POWER CONSTRUCTION FOR THREE YEARS. I TRANSFERRED TO GLEN ROSE WHERE I WORKED FOR TEXAS UTILITIES FROM 1983 TO 1997. I DECIDED TO KEEP MY FAMILY HERE IN SOMERVELL COUNTY AND STARTED A SMALL LAWN MOWING BUSINESS AS WELL AS DRIVING FOR CLEBURNE PROPANE BEFORE BEING APPOINTED TO JP AFTER WHICH I WAS ELECTED FOR TWO TERMS.

4.  What motivated you to run for office?

I WAS ORIGINALLY ASKED IF I WANTED TO RUN FOR OFFICE BUT HESITATED TO DECLARE AS THE CURRENT JP STILL HAD TIME IN HIS CURRENT TERM. BUT, AS THE TERM PROGRESSED, HE HAD HEALTH PROBLEMS AND RESIGNED. I WAS THEN APPOINTED IN HIS PLACE. I JUMPED AT THE CHANCE TO SERVE THE PEOPLE OF SOMERVELL COUNTY AGAIN.

5.  If elected, do you have an immediate goal you want to accomplish, or significant changes you intend to make?

UNLIKE OTHERS WHO ARE ELECTED, WE DON’T HAVE AN AGENDA TO FOLLOW. WE ARE BOUND BY THE LAWS OF TEXAS AND RULES OF COURT. ONE FOCUS FOR THE OFFICE IS SECURITY. SECURITY IS A CONTINUING ISSUE AND SMALL TOWNS ARE NOT EXEMPT FROM PROBLEMS. ALSO, PRECINCT LINES. JUSTICE PRECINCTS OVERLAP THE COMMISSIONER PRECINCTS – EACH ENCOMPASSING 2 COMMISSIONER PRECINCTS WHICH MAKES FOR CONFUSION COME ELECTION TIME.

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2

MATT HOLDER

1. What is your name, age, hometown and names of your immediate family members?

I am Matt Holder, 46 years old, a resident of Glen Rose, Texas since the age of thirteen. My lovely wife of 21 years, Bridgett, is a Pre-K teacher for GRISD. I have two sons, Bailey and Cooper. Bailey is employed by Somervell County Sheriff’s Department, and Cooper is a senior student at GRHS. We have three little girls, Matison, 6 years, Raegan, 5 years and Tobyn, 2 years. I also have a large extended family that lives in Somervell County, including my parents, Stephen and Sandi Hagge, as well as a brother, Jim Holder, and four sisters, Vanessa Metker, Janna Reynolds, Kendra Taylor and Candice Riza.

2.  What if any public offices are you currently holding, and what public offices have you held previously?

While never serving in an elected office, I have participated civically in various community groups. I have served as president, vice president, field assignor, ref assignor and coach, as well as enthusiastic parent, with the Glen Rose Soccer Association. I was on the founding board for Operation Paintbrush, which was the forerunner of Christmas in Action here in Somervell County. I previously held a position on the Board of Adjustments for the city of Glen Rose. I enjoy participating in community projects alongside fellow citizens, such as the Food Bank’s canned food drives. I have sponsored and run the Jefferson Street Spook House on Halloween for a number of years, with my extended family, donating through this to the Food Bank, as well as helping families of childhood cancer victims, while providing safe, fun entertainment for local kids. I have heavily participated in and support the Somervell County Youth Fair, including past Swine Superintendent and current Buckle Sponsor, and Relay for Life cancer fund-raising, where I was honored to receive the Kelli Nix Award. Also, I serve my church with Orphan Care Ministry, and Leadership Group.

3.  What is your education and work history?

I am a Glen Rose Tiger, having graduated from GRHS in 1989. During high school summers I was employed at Glen Lake Camp in maintenance. I was employed part time at Higginbotham’s Lumber, while completing Police Academy training at Tarleton State University, and amassing, as well, credits in Education. I was employed by the Somervell County Sheriff’s Department as a Corrections Officer, and worked with JC Ragland, local homebuilder. I returned to Higginbotham’s as Manager for ten years, and am now Manager at Smith Supply, our local retail/wholesale plumbing, electrical, HVAC store.

4.  What motivated you to run for office?

Glen Rose is a special place, in a great little Texas county. I believe it will continue to grow and have new lifetime experiences to offer to upcoming generations. I want to help that process by serving as Justice of the Peace of Somervell County. My life is about Service of God, family and country. While I did not serve in the military, as my dad, stepdad, and all my grandfathers did, I believe I can serve my community in this fashion. Our government needs more fair-minded citizens willing to step forth to promote honest values at this time. After soul searching and prayer, my wife and I came into agreement that this is the direction that God would have me pursue at this time.

5.  If elected, do you have an immediate goal you want to accomplish, or significant changes you intend to make?

As Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2 of Somervell County, my first goal would be to complete and excel at the hours of study pursuant to the office, well informed of the duties and standards set forth by the State of Texas. My mindset and heart is to serve my community with my core values of fairness, honesty and non-bias. I pledge to willingly enter each decision without preconceived idea or notion of guilt or innocence, but rather to hear and consider the facts of each, and weigh evidence in making a fair decision. I believe greatly in the old standards of integrity, truth and honesty, and it is my heartfelt desire to serve the community that I love ~ the community that has made me who I am today.

SCOTT MAY

1. What is your name, age, hometown and names of your immediate family members?

My name is Scott May. I am 63 years old and am proud to call Glen Rose my hometown. Both of my parents lived in Glen Rose and graduated from Glen Rose High School. My wife, Judy Flanary May, is a life-long resident of Glen Rose and currently teaches 6th grade technology at Glen Rose Junior High. She and I have four adult children, Kevin, Kelli, Kyle, and Kirk. All four are Glen Rose High School graduates and are educators. Kevin and Kirk teach and coach for Plano ISD, Kyle teaches at Hill College, and Kelli taught elementary school in Bryan and is currently a stay at home mom. Our children have given us nine beautiful grandchildren with one more on the way.

2. What, if any, public offices are you currently holding, and what public offices have you held previously? 

I am currently holding the position of Justice of the Peace, Somervell County Precinct 2, serving in my second term. I am seeking re-election to a third term. Other offices and positions I have held through the years have been in volunteer capacities and include serving multiple terms as Fire Chief and Fire Marshall of the Somervell County Volunteer Fire Department & EMS. I was appointed and served seven years on the original Somervell County Health Care Authority.

3. What is your educational and work history?

I graduated from Glen Rose High School, Class of 1972, and graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1976. Following my wife’s graduation from Texas A&M in 1978, we returned to Glen Rose and joined the family business, Oakdale Park, Inc. For thirty-two years, with my family, I operated this recreational facility with a focus on customer service and promotion of tourism in Glen Rose. My wife and I taught 100s of Glen Rose children to swim, provided jobs for countless teens, and a safe retreat for families. For 32 years, Oakdale Park was my life.

In 2009, we sold Oakdale Park, which allowed me the opportunity to run for public office. My bid for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2 was successful, and I was sworn in to office on January 1, 2011. I have served seven years in this position and have accumulated two hundred twenty hours of justice court education. During this time, I also entered Hill College to focus on criminal justice coursework and have earned 18 college hours.

4. What motivated you to run for office?

Shortly following our sale of Oakdale Park, it was brought to my attention that the Justice of the Peace serving at that time would not seek re-election. With encouragement from friends and my family, I began investigating the possibility of seeking the office. The more I questioned and learned about the workings of the justice office, the more I realized that I was extremely interested. My adult life had had such a focus on public service, and this position would allow me to continue serving the people of my community. It turned out to be a great decision, as this profession has taught me so much more about life and people and compassion than I had ever known. After having worked for seven years in this position, I continue to be motivated to serve as Justice of the Peace.

5. If elected, do you have an immediate goal you want to accomplish, or significant changes you intend to make?

My number one goal in serving as Justice of the Peace is to support and defend the Constitution. If re-elected, that goal will stand. As a sitting judge, I do not make rules, laws, or policy, but rather follow the Constitution and laws passed by the Texas Legislature and issue justice in a fair and impartial manner. Any changes I make will have nothing to do with law and judicial procedure, but rather the inner workings of the office. I am especially interested in continuing my quest for increased security for all personnel and visitors to the courthouse. An ongoing goal has been to increase accessibility of our services to the citizens of Somervell County. In the past, our office has had to close during court cases, trials, and hearings to allow the court clerk to document the proceedings. During this term, working with Commissioner’s Court and through budgeting, we have been able to secure additional part time hours, which allows the office to remain open and accessible during proceedings and throughout the lunch hour. I plan to continue finding ways to help our office increase its availability and services to the residents of Somervell County.

County Treasurer

MICHELLE REYNOLDS (unopposed)

1. What is your name, age, hometown and names of your immediate family members?

Michelle Reynolds, 33, Glen Rose, Texas

Parents- Manuel and Lidia Montellano

Siblings-Gaby Montellano Whitefield, Roger Montellano and Julie Montellano

2.  What if any public offices are you currently holding, and what public offices have you held previously?

I currently hold the office of Somervell County & District Clerk and I am currently in my 3rd year of my first term, therefore this is my first time to hold a public office.

3.  What is your education and work history?

I previously worked in the District Clerk’s office of Hood County, Texas.  I went to work there when I was 20 years old.  I worked there for a total of about 7 years.  I then worked for Lakeside Physicians OB/GYN for about 3 years right before I took office in January of 2015.  I graduated from Glen Rose High School in 2003 and then attended Hill College in Cleburne, Tx where I obtained my Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts.

4.  What motivated you to run for office?

I really enjoyed the time while working in the District Clerk’s office in Hood County, however I knew that I could never run for the Hood County District Clerk position because I did not live in Hood County.  I really enjoyed the time there, but as a young adult I wanted to experience what else the world had to offer, so when I was offered a receptionist position working for Lakeside Physicians, I accepted it and went to work there for a little under 3 years.  During this time, I really missed working for the judicial system and working with the public, so I frequently pondered the idea of going back to work for the County, so when I learned that my predecessor, Candy Garrett, was going to retire, I knew that God had created an opportunity in my life to make my dream a reality.  That is when I decided to run for office.  I absolutely enjoy working with the public and making a difference in people’s lives, whether it’s helping them locate records, find old historic documents or helping them in obtaining the legal documents that they need from my office.

5.  If elected, do you have an immediate goal you want to accomplish, or significant changes you intend to make?

I am very thankful and blessed to be unopposed for this upcoming election.  I am truly honored to have been elected and want to continue to serve the people in our community as the Somervell County & District Clerk.  I will continue to work hard in making processes more efficient and records more readily accessible, whether that means digitizing all records. I want people to know that my office is here to serve them and I hope that we can continue to give quality service to our community.

County Judge

DANNY CHAMBERS (unopposed)

1. What is your name, age, hometown and names of your immediate family members?

Danny L. Chambers,57,Glen Rose Tx. Darlene wife, Heath son and wife Chelsea and 5 grandchildren, Drew son

2.  What if any public offices are you currently holding, and what public offices have you held previously?

4B Board, City Council, Somervell County Judge

3.  What is your education and work history?

Since 01/01/2015 Somervell County Judge, Local Business Owner

4.  What motivated you to run for office?

I felt like I could do a good job for the County and was fortunate enough that the voters gave me a chance.

5.  If elected, do you have an immediate goal you want to accomplish, or significant changes you intend to make?

There is nothing immediate when it comes to government. We as a county are on a good path and I want to continue forward!