GATESVILLE — The Coryell County Economic Development Board on Monday nominated a retired businessman and a practicing attorney to fill two seats on the board.

Sam Golden was picked to complete the unexpired board term of Jimmy Clark, who resigned in May. The term expires in 2014.

Mary Beth Harrell was nominated to fill one of two at-large seats on the panel. The term expires in 2017.

The nominations must be accepted by the Coryell County Commissioners Court.

Golden, a retired businessman, lives on the Cowhouse Creek Ranch near Pidcoke, the former home of NFL legend Clyde “Bulldog” Turner. He said he moved to Coryell County two years ago to be near his grandchildren.

Golden was in business for several years in Fredericksburg, where he was active in the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club. He said he helped start the economic development organization in Gillespie County.

“I look forward to bringing some business experience and maybe some good ideas to Coryell County,” Golden said.

A former prosecutor in Nolanville and Temple, Harrell heads the Harrell Law Firm, with offices in Killeen and Gatesville, and practices in Bell and Coryell counties.

A resident of Coryell County, she ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2006, challenging incumbent John Carter in the 31st Congressional District. Harrell was the only woman to run for Congress with a son serving on active duty in Iraq.

Both Golden and Harrell serve on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Gatesville.

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