Weatherford Democrat

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July 18, 2012

Letters to the editor, Wednesday, July 18

— Trust Larry Walden for Commissioner, Precinct 3

Dear editor,

Larry Walden is the person we need as Commissioner of Precinct 3 in Parker County.

I happen to know that as an 18-year-old high school senior he was employed as a school bus driver. How many others do you know that were responsible enough for that job at 18? He learned from his parents the importance of being self-sufficient, educated and having the willingness and ability to multi-task. A commissioner must be able to do more than one thing at a time. Larry, raised on a farm and ranch in Parker County, has an appreciation for the land and private property rights, both his and yours.

Larry earned degrees to teach agriculture and served our community in that capacity for several years. During his tenure our FFA chapter received several State and National awards for community improvement. They were the first FFA to join the Adopt a Highway program.

At the age of 30, Larry got his first administrative job; he became the superintendent at Garner ISD. Larry retired as director of special education for Parker County Special Education Co-op in 2010. He served on our school board for 15 years, from 1991 to 2006. He is president of the Millsap Alumni Scholarship Foundation, a member of our Heritage Society and many other community service activities.

Larry along with his brother, Jerry, and their families purchased the Millsap Farmers Co-op in 2002. The business was in decline with the loss of peanut farmers. Today, the store, renamed Walden Farm & Ranch Supply, Inc., is a tremendous success and a real asset to our community and our entire area.

In 2011, Larry was asked to come out of retirement to serve as interim superintendent when our superintendent took another job just before the beginning of school. He directed the operation of Millsap ISD until mid-term.

Larry Walden has already had the experience required to be commissioner, dealing with people, developing budgets, managing personnel and operating heavy equipment. He shares his time and is a great listener, with all people. I find him willing to learn new things as he remembers values from our past. He seeks information from others, studies, recognizes value, always gives praise and uses constructive rethinking when necessary. Larry knows how to delegate, but keep on top of and stay focused on, the task at hand.

Mr. Walden isn’t looking for a “9 to 5 job.” He knows the time commitment and its similarity to the time required to be a superintendent. We need his dedication to serve and the trustworthy value system he will bring to Commissioners' Court. Just like the lessons he learned in his youth, integrity and self-sufficiency will remain the keys to his public service.

Larry has run his campaign without accepting huge donations; he is obligated to no group or individual other than the taxpaying public.

Join me in supporting Larry Don Walden for Commissioner Precinct 3.

JoAnn Barnhart,

Weatherford

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