Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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February 12, 2014

5 candidates face off in Precinct 4 commissioner race

Republican hopefuls tout qualifications, pinpoint top issues

Less than a week after Johnson County Precinct 4 Commissioner Don Beeson announced that he would not run for a third term in office, two candidates — A.J. Mathieu of Joshua and Larry Woolley of Grandview — declared their intentions to run for the Precinct 4 seat on the Commissioners Court.

By the end of September, Tim Sinclair of Keene joined the race, and David Patterson became the fourth candidate for Precinct 4 in late October. Bart Basham of Grandview filed just days before the Dec. 9 deadline to become the fifth and final candidate in the race.

All five candidates are running as Republicans. With no Democrat on the ballot, the winner of the March 4 Republican Primary will claim the Precinct 4 office, unless there is a runoff — a distinct possibility since a candidate must have at least 50 percent of the vote to win outright and ballots being divided between five candidates in this race.

With three weeks left before the primary and only a week remaining before early voting begins on Feb. 18, Precinct 4 candidates this week once again touted their qualifications and boiled down their campaigns to the one issue they each believe is most important in the race. Here’s what the candidates, listed in the order they are listed on the ballot, had to say.

 

A.J. Mathieu

Mathieu, 41, said he moved to Johnson County with his family as a teenager and has lived here ever since, except for about a year when he lived in Fort Worth. He graduated from Joshua High School and attended some college, and has owned his own business, Accelinet Computer Services, since 1997.

Mathieu and his wife, Erika, have two sons, 10-year-old Alex and 6-year-old Ayson.

Mathieu has served on the Joshua City Council since 2009, and in that time, he said, has had experience with “almost every function of a county commissioner ... at the city level.” Being a member of the North Central Texas Council of Governments Executive Board has given him experience at the regional level and his involvement with the Texas Municipal League has given him experience at the state legislative level, he said. He is also a co-founder of the Greater Johnson County Transportation Coalition.

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