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December 18, 2013

Commissioner Underwood seeks re-election in Republican primaries

CHEROKEE COUNTY — Incumbent Commissioner Byron Underwood announces he will seek re-election in the 2014 Republican prrimary election.

"It's been an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Precinct 4 and Cherokee County for the past seven years, and I would like the opportunity to continue," Underwood said in a press release.

Underwood has lived in the New Summerfield area for the past 19 years, where he has farming operations.

"My wife Terri and I have been married for 33 years. We have three sons, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren," he said.

Underwood and his family are members of First Baptist Church Jacksonville, where he serves as a deacon. He also serves on the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Committee and the Hay Show Committee.

He is a member of the Jacksonville Lions Club and Jacksonville Rodeo Association, where he has served as president for the past three years.

Underwood is also on the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Go Texan Committee, where he serves as an assistant district chairman. He is also president of the New Summerfield Cemetery Association.

"I have completed numerous classes and seminars since elected in 2006 and have received my Commissioner Court Advanced Curriculum Diploma and also completed the Commissioners Court Leadership Academy sponsored by the V.G. Young Institution of County Government. This has helped me to continue to guide our county through these tough times," Underwood said in the release.

He was elected an officer and will become President of the North and East Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas in May of 2014. This will allow him to intercede with Legislators in the upcoming session in 2015 to protect Cherokee and 71 other counties' interest.

"I believe since being elected your commissioner, that my crew and I have done the best job possible (with the funds allowed) to keep your roads and bridges as safe, maintained and preserved as possible. I also believe that I have done everything possible to uphold my duties as a member of Commissioners Court to keep your tax rates as low as possible while providing the services we need as well as taking care of our employees and their needs. If re-elected, I will continue to do the very best I can at all I do for you," Underwood


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