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Front Page January 16, 2018  RSS feed

Meet the Leon County Candidates

By Mac Shadix

The incumbents in two Leon County offices, County Judge Byron Ryder and District Clerk Beverly Wilson have drawn challengers in the upcoming Republican primary. Also, Precinct Two Commissioner David Ferguson and JP Precinct One Judge Lori Reid have challengers seeking the positions that they now hold.

Gary Danford is running for county judge, Cassandra Noey is seeking the district clerk position, Sandy Lumley is a candidate for commissioner of precinct two, while Mark Taylor is challenging for precinct one JP.

Various social events have become electioneering opportunities for some of the candidates and other political events are being held such as a meet the challengers chili supper at Lone Star Community Center in Flo on Saturday, January 20 at five pm.

The Buffalo Press invited all eight candidates to submit a 100 word essay about themselves and to furnish a photograph. The replies are presented here so that the citizens and voters can become more acquainted with those that are, or want to be our leaders.

Byron Ryder Byron Ryder Judge Ryder

“As your elected County Judge I, Byron Ryder, ask for your vote in the March 6 Primary. I represent Leon County on local, state and national boards and am an honor graduate of Buffalo High School and Stephen F. Austin State University. As Budget Officer I can boast the county is debt free and maintains a healthy fund balance.

The Commissioners Court works very well together to bring needed services to our citizens. We strongly support the youth and senior programs as well as our veterans and first responders. I ask for your continued support for the proven leader.”

Gary Danford
Gary Danford Gary Danford

“It is with great honor that I announce my candidacy for Leon County Judge. My roots run deep in Leon County, 4th generation resident in the Keechi community since 1885. I am a graduate of Sam Houston State University and a Texas certified teacher.

I have been married to Donna Danford for 34 years. We have three sons and four grandchildren. I am a God fearing, self-made man and while I have worked for large corporations in Houston and Dallas and in the public school system, Leon County has always been home. It is for this very reason that I want to serve our county and all of its residents – your socio-economic status should not be a factor.

I believe this office should be transparent in its representation of the voters and be fiscally responsible with tax payer monies including voter input on major financial decisions.

I would greatly appreciate your vote as the Republican Candidate for Leon County Judge. Early voting is February 20 – March 2, 2018 and Election Day is March 6, 2018.” Sincerely, Gary Danford.

Beverly Wilson Beverly Wilson Beverly Wilson

“My name is Beverly Wilson, I am announcing my re-election bid to be your District Clerk. I have worked for Leon County since 2004 as Deputy District Clerk, County Judge’s Assistant and as District Clerk.

Improvements to district clerk’s office: Use technology to make improvements to office by switching to case management software that allows streamlining of data between offices, provides more efficient reports required by various agencies, reports to VINE for victims of crime to check case status.

Provide excellent customer service by: Allowing credit card payments, online jury summons response, offering passport services and keeping office open during lunch.”

Cassandra Noey
Cassandra Noey Cassandra Noey

“It is with great honor that I announce my candidacy for Leon County District Clerk. I have lived in Leon County for over 34 years. I am a 1991 graduate of Leon High School and have two children that also graduated from Leon High School. I am a member of the All Around Cowboy Church in Marquez, and support my local Chamber of Commerce.

I have 18 years of dedicated service with the County of Leon. I worked 17 years as assistant to the Leon County Attorney and the criminal court clerk from 2000 to 2010, and currently work as Administrative Assistant to the Leon County Judge. I am also active in the Leon County Veterans’ Appreciation Day, Leon County Economic Planning Committee and the Leon County Toy Drive for the children of the Soldiers at Ft. Hood.

As my career demonstrates I have dedicated a great portion of my life to serving Leon County. If elected I will continue to represent Leon County with professionalism, integrity, ethics and accountability. I would greatly appreciate your vote for the Republican Candidate for Leon County District Clerk. Early Voting is February 20 - March 2, 2018 and Election Day is March 6, 2018.” Thank you, Cassandra Noey.

David Ferguson David Ferguson David Ferguson

“It is a privilege serving you. I’m David Ferguson, Leon County Commissioner Precinct Two. I have served you for fifteen years and ask for your continued support in the upcoming election. Together we have worked to solve problems. We are rebuilding the infrastructure of our county roads and updating county buildings. We have moved our government forward in modernization and kept our government small, but efficient. When you call, I respond to your concerns. I work to serve you as your public servant.” Sincerely, David W. Ferguson, Precinct Two Public Servant.

Sandy Lumley
Sandy Lumley Sandy Lumley

“I am Sandy Lumley and a candidate for Republican Party County Commissioner Precinct two. I graduated from Mesquite High School.

My wife Vicki and I have been married for 37 years. We have lived in Leon county for 20 years and raised two sons who both graduated from Buffalo High School. Cole my oldest son is a fireman in Sugarland TX. Chase is an electrician in the Houston area. We have been faithful members of the First Baptist Church of Buffalo TX. For 20 years as well. My background is in the construction business for 10+ years. I was a professional rodeo clown for 22 years while I worked in the oil fields for some 20 years and was plant supervisor and manager at Ridley Block Operations for 14 years. My platform will be based on fairness, honesty and treating all citizens with respect and equality.

I will always be accountable to the citizens of Leon County, and the office of Commissioner. I will work for all people and respond in a very timely manner and to all of their concerns. I would greatly appreciate your vote on March 6th Republican Primary. Early voting begins on February 20th - March 3rd. I will dedicate myself to the citizens of Leon county and will stand for each and everyone that your voice will be heard.”

Lori Reid Lori Reid Lori Reid

“It has been an honor and a privilege serving as your Justice of the Peace in Leon County and if reelected I will continue to work hard to uphold and apply the law with judicial independence, integrity, and impartiality.

I’m Lori Reid and I am asking for your continued support and vote for Justice of the Peace, Leon County Precinct One in the 2018 primary election. My husband Randy and I have been married for over 32 years and have lived in Leon County for most of those years. Randy was employed and retired from Westmoreland Coal Company in 2017 after 30 years as a drag line operator. We both attend Bethel Baptist Church in Buffalo. I am active charter member and past president with the Buffalo Lions Club.

My judicial experience includes:11 years as Justice of the Peace for Leon County Precinct One with over 280 continuing judicial education hours. National Judicial College certificate of completion for the Special Considerations for the Rural Court Judge. College of Justice Court Judges certificate for completing 10 or more hours of continuing education beyond the mandatory requirements for 4 years. Paralegal certificate with the University of Texas, San Antonio for completing 225 web-based educational hours. Judge Mentor.”

Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor Mark Taylor

“I have tried to always live in this county and exemplify honesty, fairness, justice, and integrity in my business dealings and in my personal life. I plan to bring these qualities to the office of Justice of the Peace.

I feel I bring a wide range of qualifications to this office. I have worked in the funeral business, bail bond business, and at TDC; in addition to a 30-yr career at the coal mine.

My wife, Lisa, and I have been married for 34 years. We raised two daughters, who attended school here in the county. I would appreciate your vote on March 6.”

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