Larry Bailey, mayor of Rice, has filed to run as a write-in candidate against Precinct 1 county commissioner Kit Herrington in the Nov. 4 General Election.

“I feel like it is time for a new way of looking at things,” Bailey, 62, said Monday in announcing his candidacy. “I don’t think the current commissioners court has a vision for the future.”

Bailey said he was upset about the way county employees are treated when budget time comes around.

“After years and years of service, our county employees are ‘taking it on the chin’,” he said. “They deserve more.”

Bailey is a supporter of the proposed gas-fired power plants considering locating in Navarro County. He said the decision to support them “is a no-brainer.”

“From the reports I’ve seen, these two plants will be the least polluting power plants in the state,” Bailey said. “And we’re not getting any tax money from those other plants.”

Bailey also said he didn’t think enough focus was put on trying to obtain grant money for the county.

“The commissioners need to work on driving ‘new money’ ... it’s not always about taxes,” Bailey said.

“We need to try to help our citizens ... we need to be taking action,” he said.

“I don’t think (Herrington) makes decisions for the entire county ... my decisions will be based on what’s best for the entire county,” Bailey said.

Bailey is a lifelong county resident, born and raised in Corsicana. He moved to Rice in 1969, and has served on the Rice school board, a term on the city council, and now in his third term as the town’s mayor.

Herrington, who was unopposed in the primary elections held this year, said he wasn’t surprised by Bailey’s decision to challenge him as a write-in.

“I had heard that was a possibility,” he said. “It’s part of the democratic process. It’s good for people to have a choice.

“I’ll just continue to work hard and do the best that I can, as I always have,” Herrington said.

The deadline to file as a write-in candidate is 5 p.m. today, according to Danda Parker, county elections administrator. No other possible write-in candidate had picked up the necessary paperwork to run as a November write-in as of late Monday, Parker said.

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Bob Belcher may be reached via e-mail at belcher@corsicanadailysun.com

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