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February 19, 2014

Longtime prez of JEDCO files for city council

JACKSONVILLE — Longtime JEDCO president Darrell Prcin has announced his candidacy for the Dist. 2 seat on the Jacksonville City Council.

“My family and I have lived in Jacksonville for 16 years, and we call it home,” he said, describing how he and wife, Marla “have lived in many other communities, large and small, but none have compared to the love we have for Jacksonville.”

A former TXU district manager, Prcin was hired in 2007 as president of the Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation. Prior to his arrival, JEDCO and the local Chamber of Commerce were headed by a single president since 1995.

Prcin will retire from that position on Feb. 28.

“I had always planned to retire around the age of 60, but I still want to be involved in the community. I feel like we need all the cheerleaders in the community we can get,” he said.

Also filing for the Dist. 2 seat in jax is Kara Hancock, owner and president of Gourmet Garden, joining incumbent candidate Jeff Smith. Local attorney Arron Swink is seeking the Dist. 4 council seat.

Candidates for May municipal elections may file for seats on their local city councils until 5 p.m. Feb. 28, according to election laws.

Elections also will be held in May for school board races across the state.

Pamelia Franklin Adams, director of operations for A Circle of Ten, Inc., has thrown her hat into the ring, filing for the Place 3 position on the Jacksonville ISD board of trustees.

Incumbent Jimmy Brown is running for re-election for Place 3.

In the Place 4 trustee race, Ann Chandler and Cassie Devillier have filed as candidates.

Elsewhere, candidates vie for spots on local municipal and school boards, including:

• BULLARD – Place 2 incumbent Brian Whatley has filed candidacy for a seat on the local city council, where three spots are up for election. The local school district reports no new candidates have filed for Trustee Places 1, 2 or 3.

• CUNEY – No candidates have filed for vacancies of City Council Places 2, 4 or 6, according to city secretary Brenda Lankford.

• NEW SUMMERFIELD – Incumbents Billy Hall and Don Williams have filed for seats on the city council; however, no filings have been reported for two seats up for election on the New Summerfield school board.

• RUSK – No one new filed for the Dist. 3, Dist. 4 or Dist. 5 city council seats during the past week, but Rusk ISD officials said Tracy Session has filed for candidacy in a race that fills an unexpired two-year-term to which David Fulton was appointed after board member Dana Young stepped down to assume an interim position as the Cherokee County Attorney. Candidates Teresa Phifer, John Hood and incumbent Bruce Bradley have filed for two full three-year terms on the school board.

• WELLS – No filings have been posted for candidates seeking election for two seats coming up for vacancy on the local school board, but in municipal contests, incumbent Mayor C.W. Williams and council member Billie Petty have filed for re-election. A second council seat – presently held by Robert Kalka – is also up for grabs.

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