Keene businessman Tim Sinclair this week announced his intentions to run for Johnson County Precinct 4 commissioner. Incumbent Don Beeson said last month that he does not intend to run for re-election.
Joshua City Councilman and IT business owner A.J. Mathieu and Larry Woolley, a former teacher and school administrator who owns an auction and real estate business in Grandview, both announced two weeks ago that they would be running for the Precinct 4 office. Sinclair said Friday that he has never met either of the other two candidates, something Mathieu and Woolley confirmed.
“I don’t know them personally, and I have nothing disparaging to say about either one,” Sinclair said.
Sinclair expressed his admiration for Beeson and said that he would not have entered the race if Beeson had chosen to run for re-election. Sinclair also said that some of the causes that Beeson has championed as commissioner are top priority for him, too — especially those issues related to law enforcement in the county.
Beeson has long advocated for higher pay for Johnson County Sheriff’s Office deputies, and he has been a leading voice in calling for improving the county’s jail or building a new jail facility.
Johnson County’s population is expected to at least double over the next 10 to 12 years after Texas 121 opens. While that growth will have many advantages for the county, Sinclair said, it is likely to have some disadvantages, too.
“With all that growth, we are going to see an increase in the need for law enforcement,” Sinclair said. “Good things are coming, but with the good things, bad things will come, too. The jail situation is something we are going to have to address, along with things like infrastructure and more. But we need to address these things in an orderly fashion, so that we can grow in an orderly fashion.”