BELTON — For Bobby Whitson, president of the Greater Central Texas Federal Credit Union, it’s time a new generation of political leaders is elected in Bell County.
That’s why he plans to challenge six-term incumbent Bell County Precinct 2 Commissioner Tim Brown for his spot on the Commissioners Court. Both are Republicans.
“We have men and women who have been doing this for a long time in the area and have generally done a good job,” Whitson, 42, told the Temple Daily Telegram. “But it’s time for some new blood to come up and see if we can affect some good things for our area and give back to our community that has been so good for us.”
Whitson has been in banking for more than 20 years.
He has a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Texas A&M University, which he earned in 1997. In 2002, Whitson earned his graduate degree in banking from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
This will be Whitson’s first run for elected office.
“In my time of growing up here I have been very active in my community, not as an elected official — I’ve always lived out in the country,” the lifelong Bell County resident said. “So I never had the opportunity to run for a city office.”
Despite his lack of political experience, Whitson has been active in his community, having served as a member of the Development District of Central Texas with the Central Texas Council of Governments; a member of the Salado economic development committee; a fireman with the Salado Volunteer Fire Department; and a member of the Harker Heights Rotary Club.
His community experience, Whitson said, is what got the attention of some residents of Harker Heights and Salado who asked him to challenge Brown, the most senior member of the Commissioners Court.
“I want to see our county commissioners do all they can to support the cities within the county,” the Salado resident said. “And also recognize that the county is a hub for a large region here between Waco and Austin for economic development, water issues, transportation and infrastructure. I think we can make a big difference here.”
Whitson will officially kick off his campaign at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Carl Level Park Pavilion, 400 Millers Crossing in Harker Heights.
Brown, who currently represents Precinct 2 on the Bell County Commissioners Court, announced in September that he would seek his seventh and final term.
Along with Brown and Whitson, Salado resident Brit Owen filed his appointment of campaign treasurer paperwork, indicating he may be a candidate for Precinct 2 commissioner.
Bell County commissioners are paid $74,518 annually.
Bell County Precinct 2 is located in southwest Bell County and covers Salado, Harker Heights and parts of Killeen.