Grandview resident David Kercheval on Tuesday announced that he’s entered the race for the Johnson County Precinct 4 commissioner’s seat.
Kercheval will compete against Precinct 4 Commissioner Larry Woolley in the March 6 Republican Primary. So far they are the only candidates, Republican or Democrat, to have entered the race although the filing period for Precinct 4, and several other area races, runs through Monday.
Kercheval was elected as chairman of the Johnson County Republican Party and served in that role from 2004 to 2006.
“After much thought, prayer and conversations with residents within Johnson County I have decided to run,” Kercheval said. “This is not a decision I take lightly. Since moving to Johnson County in 2000 I’ve had opportunities on a volunteer basis to be involved in many things within the county. Given my 30-plus years of experience in management and administration I’m at a point where I truly want to contribute back to the county and put those skills to work.”
Kercheval, 71, has also served as chairman of the Johnson County Sesquicentennial Celebration board, chairman of American Red Cross of Johnson County, food chairman of Relay For Life of Johnson County and has worked with the Children’s Advocacy Center of Johnson County.
Former Gov. Rick Perry appointed Kercheval to serve as a public member of the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and the Texas Board of Orthotics and Prosthetics.
Kercheval also served as a superintendent for National FFA for 21 years and superintendent of school tours for at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo for 18 years and as assistant superintendent of the Gilt Show since its inception at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in the 1990s.
Change and growth is a major issue, Kercheval said.
“Johnson County is at a truly pivotal right now because of the Chisholm Trail Parkway and the growth spurt we’re experiencing,” Kercheval said. “There’s no question the county is going to grow. The question is how. It can be dysfunctional and disorganized growth.
“Or we can determine and plan how best to grow to make sure we protect our character and our current residents while also proactively planning for new growth coming. And I think, in that respect, I can help and be a viable part of the court.”
Kercheval earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree from Sam Houston State University.
Kercheval works as a field representative for the Texas Department of Agriculture and as a licensed real estate agent with Texas Ranch Brokers. Before that he spent 25 years working for the Houston Community College system.
“I served as personnel manager, created the agricultural science program and as executive assistant to the chancellor where we handled a $120 million plus annual budget,” Kercheval said. “In 1991 I retired from there and accepted a position as executive director of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation.”
That and other experience leaves him well suited to serve as commissioner, Kercheval said.
Challenging an incumbent represents an uphill project, Kercheval admits.
“My strategy is to get out there and meet as many people in Precinct 4 as possible and we’ll have a number of events around the precinct to meet voters and give them a chance to get to know me,” Kercheval said. “My goal is to focus on knowledge, education, experience and the needs of the precinct and Johnson County, to talk about my qualifications, how I think I can help and serve the citizens and what I plan to focus on if elected.”
Roads are a big issue, Kercheval said.
“That’s a big part of a commissioner’s responsibility and there are some substantial needs to be addressed in the precinct,” Kercheval said. “As the county grows, which is inevitable, those roads are going to have to be addressed and reassessed to make sure they’re safe and ready to handle additional traffic.
“That applies to our law enforcement too. We need to make sure they have the tools, equipment and people to do their job and keep our county safe.
“And the commissioners court collectively faces that directly affect residents and taxpayers of the county. To that end, constituents deserve to be and have to be kept informed and given adequate opportunity to weigh in before the court moves forward with major decisions.”
If elected, Kercheval said he will serve in an honest, open manner with integrity and transparency working to do what’s best for all of the county.
Kercheval attends Field Street Baptist Church. He has two grown children, Todd Kercheval and Tami Schult.