Grayson County Judge Magers announces re-election bid

Jerrie Whiteley, Herald Democrat
Grayson County Judge Bill Magers, front, stands with, from left, Grayson County Commissioners Bart Lawrence, David Whitlock, Phyllis James and Jeff Whitmire Tuesday on the front steps of the Grayson County Courthouse. Magers announced his intention to seek a second term as the county judge. (Jerrie Whiteley / Herald Democrat)

Standing on the steps of the county courthouse Tuesday, Grayson County Judge Bill Magers announced he is seeking a second term in that position.

He was flanked on those steps by the Grayson County Commissioners and said they are significant in his decision to seek a second term.

“Our success is due to teamwork,” Magers said, noting they work hard everyday and put personal politics aside in order to serve the taxpayers. “I hope you agree with us that the results speak for themselves.”

Magers then reminded those in attendance that the court had voted to lower taxes for the second year in a row earlier this year. He said county leaders worked together with department heads and staff to meet critical obligations such as public safety, transportation, employee health care and infrastructure investment. Magers added that he is particularly proud of the fact that the public comment section has returned to the Commissioners Court’s agenda.

“It takes hard work,” Magers said. “It takes teamwork and a commitment to doing what is best for Grayson County.”

He said that includes looking forward to work toward what will be best for the county in 20 years rather than just working toward what will work for the immediate future.

“By continuing to make smart infrastructure investments and living within our means, Grayson County citizens are benefiting from our growth and enjoying a great quality of life,” Magers said in a media release announcing his campaign.

In a prepared statement, Magers said his leadership produced similar results at the city of Sherman during his tenure as mayor. He said he led efforts to reinvest in road infrastructure, reduce property taxes and secure Lake Texoma’s ground water allotment and establish a locally controlled ground water district.

Grayson County voters choose Magers to replace former Grayson County Judge Drue Bynum in a runoff election against Trent Bass in May 2014. Magers won with 51.09 percent of the overall vote in the Republican primary runoff, as no Democrats filed for the election.

No other candidates have yet announced their intention to run for the Grayson County judge position. The last day to file for the March 6, 2018 primary race is Dec. 11.