Melvin 'Mel' Hamner (R)
Businessman and citizen activist Mel Hamner has announced his candidacy for Bastrop County Commissioner Precinct One in the 2016 Republican primary. “Significant economic growth is on our immediate horizon and our county needs to be ready for it. We can’t just idly wait for change and then deal with the consequences,” said Hamner, who was recognized as the top logistics manager in the U.S. Air Force.
Hamner and his family moved to Bastrop in 1994 when he retired as a Senior Master Sergeant after 25 years in the Air Force. He is known locally for hosting five successful golf tournaments in support of the National Guard Association of Texas and forming the Southside Merchants Association to restore aging buildings in downtown Elgin. He is on the board of the Tahitian Village Property Owners Association and is Head Usher at Family Worship Center.
During his military career, Hamner’s responsibilities included developing plans to rapidly move personnel and equipment into potential zones of conflict worldwide and negotiating logistical support agreements with senior officers from foreign governments through the U.S. Embassy. In 1988, he was honored as U.S. Air Force Logistics Manager of the Year. In addition, he received four similar logistics planning awards at the regional, state and local levels.
After retirement, he worked as Director of Eastern Region Government Business Development for Stanley Black & Decker Industrial and Automotive Repair for eight years and was honored as Sales Manager of the Year in 2007. For nine years, he was Southwest Regional Sales Manager for AAR Mobility Systems, where he tripled regional sales over a three year period. Hamner currently operates Hamner and Associates Government Business Development, working with Fortune 500 companies to increase sales to the U.S. Military.
Dock Jackson (D)
I am excited to again be a candidate for Bastrop County Commissioner, Precinct 1. With over 30 years of experience in city and county government (Cities of Bastrop, Austin and Elgin and Bastrop County) and my vast connections throughout the state (Texas Municipal League and Texas Association of Counties) , I hope to be an effective advocate for the people of people county. Although I am running as a Democrat, I plan to continue to work across party lines to provide services on a local basis that are non-partisan and just make common sense for us in Bastrop County. As Past President of the Texas Municipal League I coordinated an agreement that brought cities and counties together to cooperate on mutual issues. I hope to localize that initiative in Bastrop County.
My plan is to be a bridge between the cities, county, schools and all residents by providing quality roads, an improved unified road and bridge system, quality of life services that include our parks and natural resources and customer service that our citizens deserve. Open and honest communication with all is a priority for me. My committee is planning a series of “meet and greet” activities throughout our precinct so that I can further discuss the issues that I foresee. This will also provide an opportunity for feedback from you about your issues and concerns.
My Facebook page, Dock Jackson for Bastrop County Commissioner, Precinct 1 will be updated on a regular basis to communicate with the public through social media. Or you can reach me via Twitter.
Thanks to my many supporters who have encouraged me to run again. I am eager to again seek your vote, become your Commissioner and make Bastrop County the best it can be.