Sunday, August 3, 2008

Precinct 4 Commissioner Race Added To Collin Co. Fall Ballot

The Collin County Commissioners' Court approves the annual budget and all county expenditures, sets the county property tax rates, approves the tax roll and determines public works policy such as building programs and conducting elections. The court appoints most non-elected department heads and standing committees and represents the county in state and regional matters. Members of the court also serve as Trustees of the Collin County Health Care Foundation, Collin County Housing Finance Corporation, and the Collin County Substance Abuse Foundation.

The July 2008 death of long time Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Hatchell opened up a vacancy for the remaining 2 years of his commissioner's term. The Precinct 4 Commissioner's office position will be added to the appropriate "ballot styles" by the Collin County Elections Office for the 2008 General Election. The Precinct 4 Commissioner's District falls generally in the south western portion of Collin County. People who live in that district will see that race as one of their ballot position choices for the General Election this fall. (See Precinct 4 Commissioner's District Map PDF.)

In the interim, former GOP county chair Kathy Ward was last month appointed to fill the Precinct 4 Commissioner's office until the November election. Ms. Ward has also been named by the Republican Party of Collin County to stand for election to that office in the General Election to fill the remaining 2 years Hatchell's term.

It was announced at the July 26th monthly "4th Saturday" meeting of the Democratic Party of Collin County (DPCC) that long time Plano Attorney Jean Power was filling with the County Elections Department to form a campaign committee to run as the Democratic candidate for the Precinct 4 Commissioner's District. Ms. Power made a few brief remarks at the DPCC "4th Saturday" meeting expressing her strong desire to serve her community as the Precinct 4 Commissioner.

Ms. Power also gave DPCC members attending the DPCC 4th Saturday meeting a brief summary of her professional background and community service. Ms. Power is the Managing Partner of Power Family Law and has practiced family law in Plano for 18 years. She is a former president of the Plano Bar Association and has served on the Board of Directors of the Rape Crises Center of Collin County and the All Saints Catholic School Advisory Committee. She is also a former president of the Collin County Social Services Association. Ms. Power received her law degree from Texas Tech in 1989.

Visit Jean Power's Collin County Precinct 4 Commissioner's Court website for more information.
Related link:Collin County Commissioners Court Democratic Candidates

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