David Stewart of Runaway Bay announced Wednesday he will run for Precinct 4 county commissioner in the March Republican primary.
Stewart, who has worked for Precinct 4 for almost five years, said he thinks he can make a difference.
“There’s things that go on that need to be changed,” he said.
Stewart said he would work to keep taxes low and that the county might need to consider a hiring freeze in the future.
“We don’t need taxes raised at all,” he said. “We may need to look into a hiring freeze at some point since the oil field is shut down and all that money the county was getting isn’t there.”
Stewart said having worked on county roads for the last few years, he understands the day-to-day routine of the precinct barn and feels like he would quickly pick up the administrative duties required of the commissioner position.
“The way they’ve got government set up, anybody can do it,” he said. “You don’t have to have previous experience to do a government job. I think that’s the way government was preferred to be done personally.
“I think I could decide ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on whether to raise taxes or cut jobs,” he said.
Stewart grew up in Bridgeport but raised his family in Arlington, living there 20 years before moving back seven or eight years ago. He thinks his time in the Metroplex also gives him a unique perspective for this job.
“There’s a lot of people in the county who come from Fort Worth and Dallas, and their expectations are a lot different,” he said. “I think I have a unique position since I lived down there. I can listen to what their concerns are.”
Stewart also added that commissioners court needs a more conservative voice.
“They’re all Republican people on the court, but I don’t know exactly how conservative some of them are,” he said.
Last week, Gaylord Kennedy of Bridgeport, also a Precinct 4 employee, announced he will run for the commissioner’s post in the Republican primary, too.
The current Precinct 4 commissioner, Terry Ross, was temporarily suspended a year ago following theft indictments. Interim Commissioner Glenn Hughes is currently leading the precinct but will not run for the position.
Stewart said he doesn’t anticipate the problems in Precinct 4 being a challenge if elected.
“It’s just an unfortunate thing that happened,” he said.
Stewart and his wife, Elfi, have been married 39 years. They’re members of the Community Church at Runaway Bay and have three grown children and five grandchildren.