Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

Johnson County

February 2, 2010

Primary to decide Precinct 2 race

Johnson County Precinct 2 Commissioner John Matthews hopes to earn a third term on the commissioners court this year. Two other candidates competing in the March 2 Republican primary hope for a different outcome.

Whichever candidate emerges victorious from the primary will also be the winner of the November general election as no Democratic candidates filed to enter the race.

Matthews faces Burleson residents Eddy Bransom and Kenny Howell in the primary.

Matthews said he is standing on his record to attract voters.

The role of a county commissioner in Johnson County has dramatically changed over the past 20 years, Matthews said, as the county has grown and become more urban.

Matthews cited several items he and fellow commissioners accomplished during his tenure, including decreasing the county’s property tax rate while undertaking several county construction projects.

Matthews also cited his role in working with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office to set up the county’s Commercial Weights and Measures program two years ago.

“Overweight water and rock trucks on our roadways are a danger to our citizens and destroy the county roads,” Matthews said.

Deputies have issued more than $700,000 in citations since the program began two years ago, Matthews said, and have reported more voluntary compliance on the part of truck drivers.”

Matthews said his roles in area civic organizations and membership on the executive board of the North Central Texas Council of Governments and other area organizations, allows him to better represent the interests of Johnson County locally, regionally and statewide.

Matthews earned a business management degree from Texas A&M University in 1985 and worked in management roles for several Fortune 500 companies before being elected commissioner in 2002.

Matthews and his wife of 18 years, Joette Matthews, have two children, Macie Joy, 8, and Kellie Grace, 6. The family attends Fellowship Church.

Eddy Bransom

Bransom is making his second run for the Precinct 2 seat. Bransom ran against Matthews in 2006, losing by 40 votes.

Bransom said that margin convinced him he had the support of many Precinct 2 residents, which prompted him to run again this year.

Bransom also said he entered the race because he believes he can do a better job than Matthews.

Bransom said his work experience and experience as a business owner for the past 22 years have given him the knowledge and tools to serve as commissioner.

Bransom said that although he could not promise to fix all the county’s problems or never make a mistake, he remains dedicated to working with residents and other county officials.

He promised to bring a more accessible and hands-on, open-door policy to the office if elected.

A lifelong Burleson resident, Bransom said his family have been in the Johnson County area since 1853.

Bransom and his wife, Janet Bransom, both graduated Burleson High School as did their five children.

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