05 27 2015

Brown Wins Precinct 1 Commissioner’s Election

By Terry Britt
Staff Writer
Brandon Brown will join the Van Zandt County Commissioners’ Court for the next four years after winning the Precinct 1 Commissioner position Tuesday.
Brown, the Republican Party candidate, took 3,154 votes to defeat Democratic Party candidate O.D. Hazel, who received 1,280 votes.
“I want to thank everybody who came out and voted,” Brown said. “I appreciate the votes and the support. Running this campaign involved a lot of hard work.”
Brown also praised his opponent Hazel, a former county commissioner in the 1990s.
“Mr. Hazel ran a good, clean race. He is well known and a super good man,” Brown said.
With less than two months before he takes the oath of office, Brown said he is looking forward to the chance to get started in his new public role.
“First, I’ve got to get my feet wet and learn about the budget, where the money is going and where it has to go,” he said.
His ultimate goal is to find ways to get the county off borrowed money each year and better utilizing its tax dollars.
“We need to see where we can cut money or save money and get back to supporting the county on our tax dollars,” Brown noted.
The newly elected commissioner also thanked his wife, Melissa, along with Lindsey Ray, who won the sheriff’s race Tuesday, Dean Chisham, Jerry Barker and Precinct 4 Commissioner Ron Carroll.

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