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ELLIS COUNTY - As the 2012 primaries draw near, local candidates are announcing their efforts to get elected. 

As more announcements are made, their information and photo will be published in upcoming issues of The Ellis County Press. 

Precinct 1 

Ellis County Constable

Roy Callendar Jr., ranked Lt. with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, currently works as Assistant Jail Administrator and just filed with the Ellis County Republican party to run for Ellis County Constable for Precinct 1. Callender Jr. has been a Law Enforcement Officer for 12 plus years, has his Advanced Texas Jailer certification, numerous certifications from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education ; including Crime Prevention, Instructor and Fire Arms instructor as well as experience with developing and overseeing county budgets.

The Ellis County Constable for Precinct One has full police authority and runs the civil and criminal process within the precinct and covers Alma, Bardwell, Bristol, Byrd, Ferris, Ike, India, parts of Ennis, Oak Grove, Palmer, parts of Rocket, Rankin and Telico. 

Currently, the position is held by Ben Fry, no announcement has been made of his seeking re-election as of press time. 

“I want to invite you and your family to join me at the VFW Post 7106 in Ennis ,Jan. 21st from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for some good clean fun with live entertainment, food and auction,” stated Callendar Jr.

Callender Jr. wants to get to know anyone and everyone he can and urges anyone with questions about his candidacy to email him at vote4roy2012@gmail.com. If interested in attending his first fundraiser of the new year, call 972-798-3793 to purchase tickets for the Brisket dinner. Cost is $15 per adult and children eat free.

Precinct 1 

Ellis County Commissioner 

Republican candidate Dennis Robinson is seeking re-election to serve as Precinct 1 Ellis County Commissioner. 

An Ellis County Commissioner is one of four elected from a quarter of the County’s population to serve along with the county judge on the commissioners’ court. The county commissioner for precinct one represents the precinct on all issues and actions presented at the commissioners’ court. The Commissioner is also responsible for the upkeep of precinct roads and bridges.

“I have represented the citizens in Precinct 1 for the past seven years, and it has truly been an honor and a privilege that I have not, and will not, take for granted,” said Robinson.

“I hope that the voters will continue to afford me the opportunity to serve as their commissioner.”

Due to mandated redistricting, county commissioner precinct lines have changed, adding 65 square miles to precinct 1.

“This new addition will encompass the area south of Grove Creek, east of I-45, and north of Highway 34,” said Robinson. 

“It will add approximately 50 miles of roadway, giving us a total of 237 miles for our road and bridge crew to maintain. We look forward to the challenge of getting these additional roads into acceptable condition, and I would like to welcome these new constituents to road and bridge precinct 1.”

Precinct 3

Ellis County Commissioner

Midlothian Mayor Boyce Whatley announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for Ellis County Commissioner, Precinct 3 in the upcoming primary elections. Currently, Republican Heath Sims holds the seat. 

“I have, on a number of occasions over the years, been asked to run for this office and feel now is the right time to commit myself to serving the public as a member of the commissioners’ court. Ellis County is on the cusp of growth it has never experienced before and I have a lot to offer the taxpayers and voters of Ellis County,” stated Whatley in his release to the media.

With Whatley’s announcement the city of Midlothian will be hosting a special election fill his vacancy this month.

The county commissioner for precinct three represents the precinct on all issues and actions presented at the commissioners’ court as well as maintain the upkeep of precinct roads and bridges. Part of the commissioners services to the public are : setting the yearly property tax rate and approving the budget and employment level for the county, sets commissioners and justice of the peace precinct boundaries, calls, conducts and certifies elections, including bond elections and sets employment and benefit policy for county workers.

“I have a proven track record of holding to conservative values and feel I can be a positive contributor to the court” stated Whatley.

Primaries have been pushed from March due to redistricting issues and now will be held Tuesday, April 3. 

Are you a candidate seeking election? Send your headshot and announcement to mgray@elliscountypress.com to run in a future issue.

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raccoon 01/30/2012 09:48:31
We really need change in the Commissioners Court. Property tax increases, lawsuits, and bickering need to stop. Let's look at getting progressive, educated people into the court so we can preserve out way of life without having to constantly pay for it with increased taxes.
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