Lifelong county resident Ben Crouse announced his intention to run Thursday for the Precinct 4 seat on the Grayson County Commissioners Court in the Republican primary election to be held March 6.

“With the current climate of government overreach through annexations, debt, and taxes, it is critical that we continue to fight to keep government small in our county,” Crouse said in a press release announcing his candidacy. “In a time where God-given individual liberty and property rights are not being honored, Grayson County should set an example for the rest of the state when it comes to conservative governance.”

His press release states Crouse was born in Sherman and raised in Denison by a family of entrepreneurs. From elementary school on, Crouse worked alongside his father as a plumber, as well as in the family beekeeping business. Crouse joined his first start-up, Quick Sign Company, in 2012, selling the company for a profit three years later. Crouse then teamed with his business partners to create local marketing agency CBC Creative.

“I’ve never been a stranger to hard work — it’s been engrained in me for as long as I can remember,” Crouse said. “I want to bring the values of entrepreneurship into government and make it work more like a business: more efficient, more cost-effective, and more flexible.”

As a lifelong Republican, Crouse said the core of his campaign will be built on low property taxes, small government at the county level and accessibility for his constituents.

“(Grayson County) Judge (Bill) Magers has done a tremendous job of pushing the envelope when it comes to lowering taxes, but we should always be looking for ways we can cut even more,” Crouse saud.

Crouse is the board vice president of True Options, a local, pro-life nonprofit. He also serves on the board of directors for Downtown Sherman NOW and the North Texas Youth Connection. Additionally, Crouse was appointed last year to serve on the Sherman Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

The Precinct 4 position is currently held by Bart Lawrence.