John Banken has announced his candidacy for Pct. 3 County Commissioner and will be running in the March 2012 Republican Primary.

“[This] is the party that best reflects the values in which I believe,” Banken said.

As concerns of the economy deepen and state and federal government place more pressure on local government, it becomes more important that local elected officials bring experience to the office they seek and be available to work full time in their elected position.

He began his political career as a City Councilman where he served for six years before serving Bridge City as Mayor for nine years. He also served as President of the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission.

John Banken is a 45 year resident of Orange County and serves as a Deacon for the Fellowship Baptist Church. He looks forward to serving on the Commissioner’s Court and working for the residents of Precinct 3 and working with the citizens and elected officials of the surrounding precincts and Southeast Texas counties.

This is the third time Banken has ran for the Precinct 3 seat. He ran against Don Cole and John Dubose as a democrat.