Smith County Commissioner Cary Nix announced he would seek a second term representing Precinct 2.
Nix, 54, of Whitehouse, said he contributed to addressing the court’s top priority — finding a solution to jail overcrowding — and is looking forward to reaching other goals, such as finding long-term infrastructure solutions.
“The goal is to reach a pro-active status with our county roads rather than reactive and complaint driven,” he said.
Nix, a Republican, said the county budgeted to hire a road engineer who can direct the court’s development of short and long-term solutions for improving and maintaining county roads. Funding a road plan will continue to be the challenge, Nix said, but he hopes to find dollars rather than seek new revenue sources.
Continuing a fiscally conservative approach to governing will be a focus as state and federal mandates bring more direct costs or reduce revenues for local entities, he said.
“It seems like federal and state costs are being pushed to the local level more and more,” he said. “I don’t see that changing, and we need to be prepared to meet those challenges.”
Implementing a strong ethics and transparency policy for county officials, departments and staff has been a personal goal, he said. Once complete, Nix hopes the effort will assure residents that county business is open and conducted without favoritism.
Nix said he would continue to be accessible to Precinct 2 constituents.
Precinct 2 includes the southeastern portions of Smith County including Whitehouse and Troup.
Nix is a fourth-generation rose grower and has served on the board of directors for the Tyler Rose Museum and as the president of the Texas Rose Research Foundation.
He’s a member of First Baptist Church of Whitehouse and serves as a deacon. Nix is a lifelong resident of Smith County. He’s been married for 30 years to his wife, Sharon. They have two sons and a granddaughter. He graduated from Whitehouse High School and attended Tyler Junior College and Stephen F. Austin State University.
No challenger has filed to run against Nix as of Thursday. The GOP primary election is expected to be held in March.