Kennedy seeks re-election

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, October 7, 2017

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Precinct 4 County Commissioner Gaylord Kennedy announced Thursday he will seek re-election in 2018. Kennedy, who is serving his first term in office, said it feels like he just got started.

He’ll run on the Republican ballot in the March 6 primary.

Gaylord Kennedy

“I’d like to stay another term and serve the people of Precinct 4,” he said. “We’ve got everything in order and running smoothly, and I’d like to keep that going.”

He said he focused on regular road maintenance and road safety in his first term and noted that although the county budget is tight, his precinct has plenty of resources.

“I’ve also got a great crew of guys here, and that makes a big difference,” he said. “It makes my job easier. They really care.”

In recent months, county growth has been discussed extensively in commissioners meetings with exchanges about everything from the number of people traveling county roads to the availability of broadband internet service. Kennedy mentioned they had also made changes to subdivision rules and regulations, and he wants to continue to have a voice in the future of Wise County.

“I like orderly growth,” he said. “I’d like to make sure builders are platting for new homes and doing it correctly,” he said. “If we don’t do this now, the people buying those homes get into all kinds of problems down the road.”

Kennedy said the bottom line is he enjoys the job and working with the other commissioners.

“I like working with them, and things are going well,” he said. “I just want things to go smoothly. I do my job, and I do it honestly.”

Kennedy said if something goes wrong on a job, his crew will return and fix it, and he makes a point to return all his phone calls and emails.

“I’ve actually had more people call and thank us than bad emails,” he said with a laugh.

Kennedy said he looks forward to the possibility of another term and knows he can help people.

He and his wife, Brenda, live in Bridgeport. They have two grown sons, three grandsons and one granddaughter.

They’re longtime members of the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport, and Gaylord has served on numerous church committees through the years. They have helped with the church’s annual community Thanksgiving dinner and have also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and Bridgeport Gives Back.

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