Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


December 6, 2013

Area pastor announces bid for county commissioner

CHEROKEE COUNTY — The Rev. Kenneth Cain of Jacksonville's Benson Memorial CME Church has filed to run as a Democrat for the Precinct 4 County Commissioner position currently occupied by incumbent Republican Byron Underwood.

In a statement released to the press by Cherokee County Democratic Party Chairman Caesar Roy, Rev. Cain said he considers himself that "well-suited" to constituents in this precinct at a time "when their voice needs to be heard."

Rev. Cain is a Cherokee County clergyman who delivered one of the keynote addressees during this year's celebration of the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. at Sweet Union Baptist Church on Main Street in Jacksonville.

Rev. Cain's Jan. 21 comments revolved around  Davis Guggenheim's passionate documentary about the state of the nation's public schools, "Waiting for Superman."

Cain said the point he took from the documentary is that African Americans need to learn how to help themselves and take care of their own problems because no one, especially any superhero, is going to swoop down out of the sky to save them.

The reverend said his work on the local, state and national level will prove to be a vital asset as commissioner, should he be elected. He said he believes his experience in managing large budgets, interacting with diverse populations, and a knack for consensus building will bring a refreshing change to the Commissioners Court.

A native of Crowley, Louisiana, the reverend is a product of the Fort Worth Independent School District's educational system. He also is a  graduate of Texas College in Tyler. Serving as an officer in the U.S. Army, he has for many years been Senior Pastor in The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.

Having been very active in the Jacksonville community since his arrival some two years ago, the reverend says Cherokee County is the type of community that one would be proud to serve.

He has been married to his lovely wife Barbara of 32 years.  They have three children and six grandchildren.



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