Citing a dedication to public service and a desire to make a difference for his constituents, longtime county resident Michael W. Lumpkins has announced his run as the sole Republican candidate for Anderson County Precinct 2 Commissioner on the March 4 primary ballot.
“I am a conservative Republican who still believes that local government matters and that the people of this county still have a voice,” Lumpkins said. “I have strong Christian and family values and believe in leading with honesty and integrity.
“As commissioner, I think it is important to maintain the local county roads and address any concerns in a timely manner,” he added, “but it is just as important to be good stewards of the county's money and avoid wasteful spending.”
Lumpkins came to Anderson County in 1998, where he was employed by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for 23 years — serving 19 of those as a supervisor before retiring as a captain in December of 2011.
In 2005, Lumpkins began part-time work with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office as a jailer, and upon his retirement from TDCJ, began working full time for the county.
“As part of job with TDCJ, we had emergency drills and developed a proactive approach to handling a problem,” he said. “That is the same for commissioners, who have a responsibility to make sure they are prepared and that they and their employees are ready to handle any disaster.
“It is also important to provide a safe environment, not just for our residents, but for employees as well,” he added. “The community doesn't serve us, we serve them, and we need to make ourselves accessible at all times.”
Lumpkins sees big things for the future of Anderson County, particularly in the area of economic growth, and says he desires to see more unity among county and city leadership to make that growth even more successful.