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December 6, 2011

Van Voast running for Precinct 3 Commissioner

Athens — A home builder for more than 20 years, Billy Van Voast has a strong desire to “focus on what counts – the people of Henderson County,” as he has announced he will run as a Republican candidate for Precinct 3 Henderson County Commissioner.

“I am running as a candidate for commissioner to give the voters a choice when they vote for their next representative,” Van Voast said. “I am a conservative Republican who strongly disagrees with the bureaucratic nonsense that sometimes comes with an elected official.”

Van Voast is a member of Faith Baptist Church in Brownsboro, and is the owner of Van Voast Custom Homes. He believes the role of a County Commissioner is to serve the people.

“The role of County Commissioner is an opportunity to serve the people of the specific precinct by handling numerous and important responsibilities,” Van Voast said. “It is truly a non-partisan public servant position. And if elected, I will serve the entire community of Precinct 3 without a party bias or agenda. I will make sound judgment decisions, and contribute in ways to protect and serve our communities.”

He believes the county needs commissioners who are willing to listen to the people in the precinct, and he plans to set up a variety of ways to hear from the people if elected.

“If I am elected as Commissioner, I will set up a user-friendly website for Precinct 3 that will cover topics that affect the citizens of this precinct,” he said. “I will provide a way through the website on how a citizen can contact me in multiple ways. I strongly encourage all citizens of Precinct 3 to voice their opinions and concerns over all matters pertaining to our community. In addition to posting the scheduled meetings of the Commissioners Court in advance, I would set aside time during the week for one-on-one conversations with those in the community.”

He said he would be a “team-player,” as he is willing to work hard to accomplish tasks that are in the best interest of the county.

He believes his experience as a home builder has given him the confidence it takes to be a strong leader.

“Being a home builder requires many things I consider similar to a commissioner,” Van Voast said. “I work for the people as their builder, ensuring their trust as I would while commissioner. I listen to their ideas, help set the budget, work with the bank and financial institutions, along with handling all bids and purchasing of materials for each home. I have hired and worked with all qualified contractors in each home. In my business, I have expected the very best work humanly possible, and I will carry this same philosophy with me to service Precinct 3.”

Van Voast has been married to his wife Nancy for 37 years, and has two adult children and five grandchildren.

He will challenge incumbent Republican Ronny Lawrence in the March primary to determine the Republican candidate for the November election.

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