Due to the death of Commissioner John Fleming, Pct. 2, Mason County, it has become necessary to appoint someone to fill Comm. Fleming’s unexpired term. According to the Texas Local Government Code, sec. 87.042, the authority to appoint someone to fill the vacancy lies with the County Judge. The individual appointed will serve as commissioner of Precinct 2 until December 31, 2010. On January 1, 2011, the candidate that is elected during the regular November election will assume the duties of the office.
According to the Texas Secretary of State’s Office, the Republican Party County Executive Committee may nominate a candidate to place on the ballot. This must be done before August 20, 2010. A person may also file as an independent candidate from that precinct with an application and petition. The petition must have the signatures of 50 registered voters that live in that precinct and they cannot have voted in the last Republican or Democratic Primaries. The law allows for more than one independent candidate to file for the office. An independent candidate has only 30 days from the date the position came open to get the petition and application to the county judge. The filing date is July 9, 2010.
During the next six months, the Mason County Commissioners’ Court has many pressing issues it must deal with, among which are developing the budget and setting the tax rate for next year, working with the Texas Historical Commission on the courthouse restoration project, road repairs, and others. Due to the need of having a full court to address these issues, the court felt it necessary to appoint someone to complete Comm. Fleming’s unexpired term. The judge’s office received several inquiries concerning this position and several interested individuals put forth their names for appointment to the position. These names were presented to the court for consideration and review and recommendations were given to the County Judge. The decision to select one individual to serve in this position was not an easy one but after all evaluations were made I have asked Wilbern L. Frey if he would accept the appointment and he has agreed to do so. Mr. Frey is a former county extension agent, having spent several years serving as extension agent for Mason County. He has also been involved with the public as owner/operator of Fredonia Peanut Company for many years. Will has also served as a member of several community boards such as the Mason Independent School board, the Mason County Appraisal District Review board, and others. He is also an active member of the Mason Lions Club and he and his wife Rita are members of the River of Life Church. It is with a heavy heart that I have to perform this duty to replace Commissioner Fleming but the remaining members of the court and I feel that Mr. Frey will be up to the task and serve the county well.