The Orange Leader
Retired businessman, Ron Cowling, Sr. announced today that he is running for Precinct 2 Orange County Commissioner on the Republican ticket.
Commissioner Pct. 2 Owen Burton said he is not running in the next election.
Cowling, 70, has lived in Orange for 32 years.
He and his wife, Sue, have two grown children, Doug and Jennifer, and six grandchildren.
Cowling, a 1964 University of Houston graduate, is Past National Director of the U.S. Jaycees, Past President of the Greater Big Spring Rotary Club, Past President of the Orange Lions Club, and a Melvin Jones Fellow. Cowling is also a councilman for the City of Pinehurst since winning the seat in the May 12, 2012 election.
Cowling will not have to step down as councilman while campaigning for commissioner.
“We checked into it,” City Administrator Joe Parkhurst said. “Since the councilmen are on two -year terms, Cowling does not need to step down at this time.”
Prior to coming to Orange in 1979, Cowling spent 16 years managing radio stations in Nacogdoches, San Antonio, Big Spring and Beaumont.
In 1979, Cowling established the first financial services office in Orange County, In 2001 joined Wells Fargo Advisors establishing Cowling & Cowling Investment Group with his daughter. Cowling retired in 2011.
"I am putting Orange County first. We are struggling financially and, in my opinion, spending cuts, not raising taxes is the answer," Cowling said. “My grandchildren’s future is at stake here and I’m willing to stand up and fight for them. I am entering this race to win.”