Special to the Review
The Athens Review
David McGlaun, in his first race for public office, is the Democratic candidate for Henderson County Precinct 1 Commissioner.
McGlaun, a Precinct 1 Road and Bridge heavy equipment operator, was unopposed in the Democratic primary in May.
“I’ve been with the county for five years now, and seen places where I would make a lot of changes,” McGlaun said. “I have seen many areas where I feel I could improve road conditions, cut costs and make repairs more efficiently.”
Before he took the county position, McGlaun accumulated experience in road construction, budgeting and worksite management.
After graduating from Athens High School in 1984, he was employed with Central Plains Construction for six years as a heavy-equipment operator in highway construction.
In 1990, McGlaun accepted a position with BFI, the world’s largest waste management company.
Before going to work for Precinct 1, McGlaun started his own construction business. That required clearing land, building lakes and ponds and constructing roads.
Owning his own business enabled him to learn how to keep a budget, and stay on top the maintenance and repairs of equipment.
“I’ve never thought of running for office before,” McGlaun said. “But the type of work I’ve been doing, I’ve seen where I could make changes, and cut a lot of costs.”
McGlaun said he appreciates the difficulty the commissioners had this year preparing the budget, but hated to see them resort to cutting personnel.
“Working with budgets is something I became familiar with at BFI,” McGlaun said. “I know it was a hard hit laying off 17 employees. I would try to find a way to have kept the employees, like reaching into emergency funds.”
McGlaun said, that if elected, he would like to reestablish a working relationship with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department and get trustees back to work cleaning up our county roads.
McGlaun is a graduate of the East Texas Police Academy, and is a commissioned peace officer with Malakoff Independent School District.
McGlaun has five children. Three of them have graduated from Cross Roads High School, and another from Malakoff.
His son Kasey, who recently graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, will be leaving for Germany in December.
His youngest son, Kobi, is nine, and attends Cross Roads Elementary School.
“My big ones are all grown, and out of the house,” McGlaun said. “My 9-year-old and I are like buddies. We do everything together.”