Two Republican candidates are vying to serve as Lampasas County Commissioner, Precinct 4.

Incumbent Jack Cox is seeking re-election and is being challenged by Mark Rainwater, a construction company owner.

Cox, 73, has served 11 years as the county commissioner. He currently lives in Adamsville, but has resided in the county most of his life.

Cox has owned and run his ranch since 1958 and retired from the Texas Department of Transportation, where he served 23 years as a project manager. At TxDOT, he was responsible for roads and bridges in Lampasas, Coryell and Bell counties.

During his time as commissioner, Cox said the precinct has gained considerable funds and built two bridges.

“I think my best qualifications are that I have a background in civil engineering, banking and financing and I’ve been doing it for years,” he said.

Cox hopes to maintain taxes and put the money the county already has to good use. “We need to live with the taxes as they are and make what we have work.”

Mark Rainwater, 45, is the owner of Rainwater Custom Steel Inc., a construction company he has run for 11 years. He lives in Kempner and has resided in the county his entire life.

While he’s never held elected office, Rainwater has headed up multimillion-dollar building projects for Fort Hood, Austin, the University of Texas and other national entities.

Through quality work, budgeting and fair-pricing, Rainwater said, his construction business has been thriving through the economic downturn.

“I’ve been running a small business in the last 11 years in the hardest economic times in history,” he said. “I want to take that experience and run our county just like you would a small business.”

Rainwater said he believes improving road conditions is one of the more important issues the county currently faces.

Contact Courtney Griffin at or 254-501-7559

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