Carl Cannon is preparing to embark on his second term as Precinct 3 Madison County commissioner, and a couple of things are bothering him: the prospect of high-speed rail and that he doesn’t get to spend enough time with his cows.
The commissioner, who has lived in Madison County all his life, said he enjoys serving his friends and neighbors.
“I enjoy trying to represent their best interests and their tax dollars,” he said.
Residents who contact him are primarily concerned about their roads, but he doesn’t get a whole lot of calls or complaints, he explained.
“I’ve put a lot of rock on the roads,” Cannon said of his precinct, which covers an area between Madisonville and Normangee.
He notes that one issue that is “bothersome” to him is the prospect of high-speed rail.
“It would be coming through my precinct and Precinct 4,” he said. “I would like to encourage anyone would not like to have their property taken by eminent domain to support Texans Against High-Speed Rail.”
He’s a vocal opponent of the proposal because it interferes with the property rights of individuals – and if one of the proposed routes is selected, it will bisect his family’s property.
“Either way, I’m against it,” he said.
Other than that, though, Cannon said he enjoys the full-time job of being a commissioner.
“If there’s anything I can do, don’t hesitate to call,” is his message to constituents. “The worst thing about it is I don’t get to spend as much time with my cows as I want to.”