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Hank Rogers

Pct. 3 Commissioner candidate Hank Rogers is the first to say he isn’t a politician, but more like a servant for the people.

“I want people to know the type of person I am,” Rogers said. “I want to be there for them and be a good public servant.”

Running on the Democratic ticket, Rogers says, if elected, he intends to listen to the folks of Precinct 3 and fulfill their needs to the best of his abilities.

“No problem is too big or too small,” he said. “I will take everyone’s problems and suggestions seriously. That’s what elected officials do.”

Rogers said he will serve all the citizens of Precinct 3.

“I want to reach out to the people that are in the outer perimeter of this precinct that are never heard,” he said. “They have problems and they’re taxpaying citizens. I want to reach them, too.”

The longtime owner of Hank’s Barber Shop in Athens, Rogers said he knows how to speak the people’s language.

“Being a barber, I have pretty good people skills,” he said. “They come and I listen.”

Rogers says if elected, all calls will be attended to.

“I’m not going to get mad at somebody who calls me in the middle of the night and says, ‘Hey, we got a tree down on the road,’” he said. “I want you to call me. It’s my job.”

Rogers also brings to the table his experience in business, having owned East Texas Auto Transport for 15 years.

Other work experience includes construction, concrete work, carpentry, ranch work and operating a maintainer, bulldozer, backhoe, and tract loader.

He also served as a bail bondsman in Athens for 12 years.

He is a member of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Posse, an equine organization.

Rogers serves as a pastor for the Harvest Time Riders Motorcycle Ministry, an organized motorcycle ministry of the Abundant Harvest Fellowship Church, in Athens.

The Harvest Time Riders take to the road to minister to other motorcyclists about Jesus Christ, Rogers said. Other trips include a visit to the Veterans Hospital in Waco, where they held a cook-out for the veterans there.

“We visit them and love on them to let them know they are appreciated,” Rogers said.

The Riders surprised children in a home in Fairfield with a Christmastime cook-out.

Rogers also helps out area folks who are elderly or can’t afford house repairs by performing any needed tasks at no cost. He takes his barber tools to local nursing homes where he treats residents to free haircuts.

“Helping people is what you’re supposed to do,” he said.

Rogers, 52, and Melody, his wife of eight years, best friend and confidant, share a home in the Bethel community, and have 13 children and 32 grandchildren between them.

They enjoy 4-wheeling, hunting and fishing.

Rogers is unchallenged in the Democrat primary held in March, but will face incumbent Republican Ronny Lawrence in November.

“Your vote and support in this March Democrat Primary will be appreciated,” Rogers said.

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