Long-time state employee Phillip Crutcher says he hopes to bring “teamwork and leadership” to the Anderson County commissioners’ court if elected.

The 44-year-old Crutcher, who has worked for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for almost 2 1/2 decades, faces Larry Coker in the March 7 Republican Primary for Anderson County Precinct 2 commissioner.

Crutcher has been employed at the TDCJ’s Coffield Unit for the past 24 years, holding the rank for lieutenant for all but three of those years. This will be the Tennessee Colony resident’s first bid at a public office.

“I’ve served the State of Texas for 24 years and I’m ready to give back to the community the loyalty I have given to the state,” Crutcher explained when asked what led to his decision to enter the race.

Crutcher said he believes in “loyalty and honesty” and “being straightforward and honest with people in everything I do.”

Having been married for 22 years and worked for the same organization for 24 years, Crutcher said he is a committed individual who sees tasks through until the end.

“When I do something, I stick with it and give it my all,” Crutcher said. “That’s the way I’ve been raised and the way I’ve always been.”

Crutcher also previously owned a woodworking business based in Canton for 19 years.

The Republican candidate is a member of Evangelistic Temple in Palestine and has belonged to the Tyre Masonic Lodge No. 198 in Tennessee Colony since 1988.

Crutcher and his wife, Sandy, have two children, Travis, 20, and Tracey, 18.

The GOP victor will face the Democratic nominee in the Nov. 7 general election.

Democrats who are running for precinct 2 commissioner include former officeholder Rodney A. Howard Sr., Rashad Q. Mims I and L.W. Terry.

Incumbent Darrell Emanuel, whose term concludes Dec. 31, is not seeking re-election, but has expressed his intent to be an independent candidate for Anderson County judge in the November general election.

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