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2016-02-04

Eliker announces for Precinct 1 Commissioner

Public Announcement

Bruce Eliker of Pipe Creek is announcing his candidacy for Bandera County Commissioner, Precinct 1. Married to Roma for 19 years, the couple has four daughters, Cassandra, Kristi, Nicole and Ewelina, as well as five rescue pets. Bruce has lived in Bandera County for more than 50 years.
Bruce and Roma are members of Hill Country Chapel, Pipe Creek VFD and Frontier Times Museum. They support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bandera County, Bandera County Jr. Livestock Show and Castle Lake VFD.
Bruce served in the US Air Force and Air Force Reserves from 1965 to 1992 and worked for the Texas Department of Transportation from 1969 to 2003. He was a reserve deputy sheriff and jailer with the Bandera County Sheriff's Office from 1977 to 2007. He also served as chief reserve deputy for four of the last six sheriffs.
He was elected as Precinct 1 Commissioner from January 2005 to December 2012. In 2006, Bruce became an instructor in the Texas A&M University System and in 2014 with the University of Texas at Arlington, teaching in cities and counties across the State of Texas.
He said, "As county commissioner, I supported and we built a new jail and justice center; saved the courthouse by restoring the roof and upstairs courtroom; and put new roofs on the historical courthouse and jail on 12th Street. We promoted the archival of old and new county records; implemented improved subdivision rules and regulations to monitor future growth while protecting our natural resources and property rights."
Bruce added, "Future planning continues to be of utmost importance to protect our water and other natural resources while looking at sustainable growth issues. I would scrutinize county department expenditures to maximize taxpayer dollars. These are hard times for rural counties where relatively small numbers of businesses and industry forces homeowners to bear the brunt of property taxes to support needed services.
"Improving county roads and the safety on both county and state roadways continues to be a top priority. As commissioner, I will bring many years of supervisory, knowledge and management skills to commissioners' court."
In closing, Bruce Eliker said, "As your county commissioner, I will strive to resolve issues that confront our precinct. I am deeply committed to the residents of Precinct 1 and Bandera County and respectfully ask for your vote on Tuesday, March 1, during the Republican Party Primary Election. Thank you and God Bless America."