Five candidates will be running for two seats up for election on the Ballinger City Council. The election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7. Three candidates have filed to run for Single Member Disttrict 2 currently held by Darlene Kelly who's term is up, including Amanda Collom, Rudy Galvan and Richard Morrish. Early voting starts Monday, Oct. 23.

Five candidates will be running for two seats up for election on the Ballinger City Council. The election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Three candidates have filed to run for Single Member Disttrict 2 currently held by Darlene Kelly who's term is up, including Amanda Collom, Rudy Galvan and Richard Morrish.

Early voting starts Monday, Oct. 23.

Name: Rick Morrish

Occupation: I retired and returned to Ballinger after 30 years in the Gas Processing Industry.

Education: I graduated from Ballinger High School in 1958. While in the US Air Force, I trained in electronics, electrical house wiring, and repair of generators supplying power to equipment used in Pilot/Navigator training.

Clubs, organizations: I have worked with Child Protective Services, Meals on Wheels and volunteer doing back packs for children at the Ballinger food pantry. I have worked on projects, such as the building of the Family Life Center, the shoe box ministry and mission trips with the First Baptist Church.

Family: I married Sue Wade, a Ballinger girl in 1960. We have two children, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

What are the most important issues you want to address if elected as the a member of the Ballinger City Council?

My goal is to continue working towards bringing a dependable water source to Ballinger, work to continue replacement of old water lines so streets can be repaired, along with other infrastructure projects that will help new business be attracted to locate in Ballinger.

What do you think you can bring to the position if elected?

I believe I can bring the ability to work with others, with integrity and honesty. As an elected official I would work to help Build a Better Ballinger.

What do you feel qualifies you for the city council position?

I started work in maintenance in gas processing plants and worked my way up to Plant Manager. As plant manager, I was responsible for preparing a yearly budget and operating within that budget; to interact with the departments within the plant, such as safety, maintenance and operations. I worked with the men as they brought forth problems or new ideas and evaluated them for the best outcome for the overall operation of the plant. I feel I have gained the ability to be objective in seeking information, answers and possible solutions to difficult situations. I would work towards doing what is best for our community.

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