So far, two candidates have filed to run for the Somervell County Commissioner, Precinct 1, position. The deadline to file is Dec. 15.

Zach Cummings

Incumbent County Commissioner Zach Cummings came to Glen Rose for the first time in 1970 as the foreman for the construction company that was building the new Glen Rose Medical Center on U.S. Highway 67.

"I liked the town," he said. A year later, he and his family moved to Somervell County.

He and his wife, Ravanell, raised six children, all of whom graduated from school in Glen Rose. Cummings and his wife are members of First Baptist Church.

He currently is serving his third term as commissioner representing Precinct 1.

Cummings said he is running for re-election because of his interest in issues that also concern taxpayers. They include continued improvements in property values, lower property tax rates as values rise, protecting property rights and providing a chance for a better quality of life for all residents.

Larry Hulsey

Hulsey is a lifelong resident of Somervell County and graduated from Glen Rose High School in 1969. He and his wife, Marsha, have been married for 42 years.

We have had family in this county since the late 1800s and have been blessed to be able to work and raise our five children here, Hulsey said.

He has owned and operated a concrete business here for more than 40 years.

I am proud to have my three sons and son-in-law working with me in our family business, Hulsey said.

He served as county commissioner from 1993 to 2000.

If elected, Hulsey pledged fiscal restraint.

I would be conservative with your tax dollars, he said. As a taxpayer, I know our county taxes should not be a burden to family budgets. I will work to keep our tax rate as low as possible.

It wont be easy, but can be done with a conservative, hardworking approach, he added.