The Orange Leader
Attracting more families and businesses to the area is one goal of Barry Burton, a Republican running for Orange County Commissioner Pct. 2 position.
Burton, raised in Mauriceville, believes his experiences living in Tennessee is an asset.
“I owned an environmental construction company in Memphis for over twenty years,” Burton said. “While I always knew I would return to Orange County, I bring a new perspective with me as I have seen how it has been done in other parts of the country.”
Promoting growth in the county is the key to the county’s deficit problem according to Burton.
“Growth will increase our tax base and generate more revenue while being fiscally responsible,” Burton said. “I plan to be as tight fisted with the county’s funds, the taxpayers dollars, as I am with my own money. One can only cut so much before it effects the services the citizens are depending upon to operate the county.”
Burton, recently endorsed by the Sabine Area Central Labor Council, A.F.L – C.I.O after interviewing on Saturday, January 18. The Labor Council represents hundreds of Union members across several Unions in an 8 county region of Southeast Texas.
“I feel very fortunate to receive this endorsement and thank the interview committee for their consideration,” Burton said. “ I will work hard and do my best to prove that I deserve this honor. The union members represent a big portion of the skilled labor force we have here in Orange County. The skills and dedication of these men and women along with all the workers that drive the economic engine of our county will be the key in helping the county get out of debt and bring new business to our area.”
Burton holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Lamar University.
Burton and his wife, Cindy, have been married for 3 years.
Others seeking the seat are Jason Denman, Ron Cowlings, and Ted Williams, all Republicans. There are no Democrats in that race.