Orange businessman and new Precinct 1 Commissioner David Dubose has regularly attended commissioners’ meetings since he defeated longtime Commissioner James Stringer in the 2008 elections. 

But you wouldn’t have to know that to guess the big issue in his first few months – Hurricane Ike.

Dubose was sworn-in Thursday at the county courthouse along with three new constables.

“We’re still putting out fires from [Hurricane] Rita,” he said. “I think we have a lot of that in check, but we still have a long way to go with Ike.”

Dubose, who ran on the Democratic ticket, recently attended a course on court protocol and other matters, the University of Texas at Austin-sponsored class, “Seminar for Newly-Elected Judges and Commissioners.” 

The voluntary course is given at 10 sites around the state; Dubose’s took place in Conroe. He plans to attend another later this month.

Dubose and his wife Harriet have two children and one grandchild. Together they run Pass Assured, a software company that provides training for pharmacy technicians. Which is only natural, since Dubose has spent a good deal of his career as a pharmacist, primarily known in Orange as the resident counter man at Sholar’s Drug Store.

A native of Port Arthur, he was raised on a farm in Winnie, where he graduated from East Chambers High School in 1968. After that, he worked both active and reserve duty in the 23rd Marines. 

Serving for two years at the Texas Department of Corrections in Huntsville, he then attended Sam Houston State; continuing on at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy where he earned his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy. 

In 1974, Dubose passed the Texas State Board of Pharmacy Exam, then purchased Liberty Drugs in Liberty. He sold the business in 1981 and became employed with Eckerd Drugs until 1988, when he and his family moved to Orange and bought Sholar’s. They sold the business in 2006.

He is also a member of the Memorial Hermann Baptist Orange Hospital Advisory Board, and Greater Orange Area Health Care Task Force; and is a Master Mason with Orange’s Madison Lodge 126.
With Dubose’s position, the commissioners’ court make-up changes to one with two pharmacists (Dubose and County Judge Carl Thibodeaux) and two cousins (David Dubose and Precinct 3 Commissioner John Dubose).