Manoushagian running for JP 4

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, August 26, 2017

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Kent “Bucky” Manoushagian of Bridgeport announced Friday he will seek the Republican nomination for Precinct 4 justice of the peace in 2018.

Kent Manoushagian

Manoushagian said it’s “been his life’s honor to worship, raise a family, work and live in Wise County.”

“For many folks in this community, I have gone to school with you, I have gone to church with you, I have done business with you, I have known your parents, your grandparents or your grandchildren,” he said. “We have all been part of a wonderful community and shared in the joys and heartaches together.”

Manoushagian has lived in Wise County most of his life. He attended Bridgeport schools and graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1973. Shortly after graduating BHS, he attended Texas Tech University, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in animal science in 1977.

He and his wife Dana, an attorney in Bridgeport, have three children – J.T., Davis and Madison, all of whom attended Bridgeport Schools. They also have five grandchildren who are being raised in Wise County.

“I have no greater satisfaction in life than to serve my God, my family, my fellow residents and friends scattered all over Precinct 4,” he said. “I have been blessed beyond measure, and it’s my desire to be able to give back to the citizens what has so graciously been given to me over the course of 62 years of living in such a community of wonderful people.”

Manoushagian has been a principal or partner in numerous business ventures over the years. He’s been a petroleum landman, real estate developer, motel operator, and owner and operator of convenience stores and a fuel distributorship.

“I believe that my past experience as a business owner will give me valuable insight into conducting the business of the county and running the office of justice of the peace Precinct 4 as efficiently as possible,” he said. “I am not running for a title; I am running to be a public servant.

“I wish to further support our law enforcement agencies and first responders and fully believe in respecting and offering dignity to all men, women and children.”

Manoushagian is the second Republican candidate to announce he will seek the Precinct 4 JP post. Todd Bailey, also of Bridgeport, announced his candidacy earlier this month. The office is currently held by Clay Poynor of Bridgeport. He has not yet announced his plans for 2018.

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