• December 28, 2014

3 seek open Precinct 2 seat in Lampasas County

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Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2014 4:30 am

Jim Lindeman, Milton Kellner and Glen Gibson are running for Lampasas County commissioner in Precinct 2.

Incumbent Alex Wittenburg is not seeking re-election to another four-year term.

Lindeman, 51, recently retired after serving 28 years as the Texas Parks & Wildlife state game warden for Lampasas County. He has resided in the county for 18 years and lists his official residence as Lampasas.

Before serving as game warden, Lindeman was a police officer in Brackettville for two years.

Lindeman has been active in the community, serving as one of the board of directors with Hill Country 100 Club, a nonprofit organization helping to provide financial support for the families of local first responders who are killed in the line of duty.

He has been a member of the Texas Game Warden Association for more than 30 years, and recently became involved with the Kiwanis Club in Lampasas after retiring.

“I just want to represent the citizens of Lampasas County,” Lindeman said. “And I think with my extensive friendships and workings with the residents as game warden, people know that they can call, they know I’m available, that I have an open door policy and that I’m honest.”

Lindeman believes accountability is the biggest issue the county faces, especially in regard to budgeting.

Kellner, 65, is founder and owner of Kellner Equipment, a machinery business in Lampasas.

He has lived in the county since 1975 and resides on the outskirts of Lampasas.

Kellner held several government offices in his lifetime. For eight years, he served as the director of the appraisal district board, where he helped collect taxes for the county.

In the 1980s, he served on the Lampasas County Farm Bureau board of directors for six years. He primarily served as a liaison between state officials and county residents, representing their agricultural issues.

Kellner also has been involved in the local 4-H program for 15 years and the youth football league.

“Really, the years of experience dealing with the appraisal district, I became very knowledgeable in ad valorem tax structure  — house and property taxes that are used to fund the county. I complain about taxes just as much as anyone does.”

Kellner also believes the county needs to improve how it manages its finances.

Gibson, 55, runs and owns Glen Gibson Farms, a farming and ranching business. He also runs a small farming equipment and supply store.

Gibson was born and raised in Lampasas and has resided in the county his entire life and lives in Bend.

Gibson serves on the Texas Wheat Producers Board and Association, and has for three years. On the board, he and fellow members help address wheat growing issues, fund research and were instrumental in the recent passage of the federal farm bill.

In addition, he was a member of Lampasas Farm Bureau for about six years and was highly involved in Texas Young Farmers Association for four years.

“I feel I’m the most qualified because I bring the experience of being self-employed and a knowledge on how to manage finances,” he said.

Gibson said the county needs a tight grip and conservative approach on managing the budget.

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