Editor’s Note: This is part of a weekly series of candidate profiles leading up to the March 1 election.
For almost eight years, Ricky Driskell has served as Precinct 1 commissioner, and he believes that experience has prepared him well for another term.
Driskell grew up in Madison County and married a girl he met in fifth grade.
“This is our home,” he said. “I care about Madison County.”
Prior to becoming a commissioner, Driskell served as a laundry manager for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, where he oversaw 2,400 inmates.
“I’ve been preparing budgets for 22 years,” he said.
The knowledge came in handy when he began his stint as county commissioner.
“I like helping people,” Driskell said. “I want to see the taxpayers get everything they can out of their dollars. I don’t want it spent foolishly.”
One such business decision, he said, is finding more efficient ways to operate. His precinct covers 56 miles of road and has just two employees. He found that a huge cost savings could occur by keeping a maintainer in Midway.
“I’m proud of what I’ve done,” he said. “I’ve improved the roads and tried to keep spending down.”
The candidate has operated heavy equipment since 1986 and installs culverts by himself.
“I have the knowledge and the experience,” Driskell said. “I try to accomplish something every day. I want to see Madison County grow and prosper, and I want to keep improving the roads.”
Driskell is running against first-time candidate Russell Smith in the March 1 election. Early voting begins Feb. 16.
Other candidates on the March 1 ballot include:
Jim Jackson, Ivan Linebaugh and Travis E. Neeley – sheriff
Karen M. Lane – tax-assessor-collector
Carl Lynn Cannon – Precinct 3 commissioner
James L. Weathers – Precinct 1 constable
Charles D. Turner – Precinct 2 constable
Early voting will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 16-26 at the Madison County Courthouse, 101 West Main Street, Madisonville (Room 108) and at North Zulch Public School, 11390 Fifth Street, North Zulch.
On Election Day – March 1 – polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the following locations:
Vote Center One: Midway Community Center, 5612 School Loop, Midway
Vote Center Two: Elwood Baptist Church, 14527 OSR, Midway
Vote Center Three: Courthouse Room 108, 101 West Main Street, Madisonville
Vote Center Four: North Zulch School: 11390 Fifth Street, North Zulch
Vote Center Five: Sand Prairie Baptist Church, 12652 FM 1452 West, Normangee
Vote Center Six: Madison County Annex, Room 122, 103 West Trinity Street, Madisonville