Breckenridge Texan

Candidate Profiles: Mayor of Breckenridge

April 20
16:32 2018

Below you’ll find the Candidate Profile Questionnaires that were returned to the Breckenridge Texan by the candidates for the office of Mayor of Breckenridge, listed in the order that they will appear on the ballot.


Allena McElyea Duncan


Allena McElyea Duncan

Name: Allena McElyea Duncan

What office are you seeking?
Mayor of the City of Breckenridge

What is your current occupation?
Self employed

Tell us a little bit about your family.
I was born and raised in Breckenridge, TX. I have four children and four grandchildren.

My dad, Travis McElyea, worked for BISD for 24 years. He also worked for the Breckenridge Police Department during the 1960’s. He then worked for Peeler’s and PETCO.

My mother, Wanda McElyea, works as a Pink Lady at Stephens Memorial Hospital

My grandfather, Roy Loggains, a WW1 veteran, was the lake warden at Lake Daniel in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

I was raised in a family that thought giving back to the community was an important part of life.

What are your community involvements/civic affiliations?
I am a long time member of the Elliott Street Church of Christ.

What is your education/military service?
I worked for the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office and obtained a Peace Officers Certification. I was also a certified Jailer at Stephens County.

What training, experiences and characteristics qualify you for this position?
As a dispatcher, jailer and peace officer I have seen the issues that challenge Breckenridge on a daily basis. I understand that government must operate within a budget. I understand that the money comes from the citizens of the community and that we must be good stewards of the money.

What do you think are the most critical issues facing the community and what would you do to address them, if elected?
Stopping the decline in population and jobs are critical to the survival of Breckenridge. As mayor I will work to bring new companies, investments and jobs to Breckenridge. I will work to find grants that will improve the water system, help repave streets, and put the citizens back to work.

Describe an accomplishment of which you are proud and how it helps make you the best candidate for the office?
When I was 31, I went back to school and obtained my certification as a peace officer, I went on to become certified as a jailer. I testified at the trial of one of the few jail escapes that have occurred in Stephens County.


Bob Sims


Bob Sims

Name: Bob Sims

What office are you seeking?
I am seeking the office of Mayor of Breckenridge, Texas.

Tell us a little bit about your family.
I have lived most of my adult life here in Breckenridge. I have been married to my wife Linda Sims for the past 48 years. We have two sons, Brad and his wife Andrea and Cody and his wife Jessah who all live in this community. We have four wonderful grandchildren, Alex, Randa, Rylan, and Cara.

What are your community involvements/civic affiliations?
I am member of First Baptist Church of Breckenridge. Community involvement includes past membership in the Lions Club, multiple years on the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce, serving as Chamber Vice-President for one year and President the next year. I was Director of Frontier Days for many years. I was a member of the Breckenridge ISD School Board for six years. Seven years as a member and two years as President of the Buckaroo Booster Club which gave me the opportunity to work with other parents for our BUCKS. I was blessed to be chosen as Breckenridge Citizen of the Year in 2013.

What is your education/military service?
Though I was not born in Breckenridge, my wife was, and once here, I never wanted to leave. I was born and raised in Baird, a graduate of Baird High School where I was a proud Baird Bear. I attended Cisco Junior College followed by one year at East Texas State University where I was pursuing a teaching and coaching career. My mother was losing her battle with cancer, and I felt my place was with her, therefore, I did not complete my college education. After marriage, we moved to Big Spring, Texas where I found my calling as a police officer. I attended the Midland Police Academy and became an officer with the Big Spring Police Department. There I was chosen Officer of the Year as well as Police Association Member of the Year. I was promoted to the Detective Division, working undercover narcotics. We moved to Breckenridge, and I served with the Breckenridge Police Department for a few months before being accepted into the DPS Academy in Austin in 1982. Upon graduation from the Academy, I was stationed in Fort Worth for almost two years, and Throckmorton, Texas for three months before transferring back to Breckenridge where I have been since 1984. With DPS, I was privileged to be a member of the State Riot Squad where I have had many interesting assignments and experiences.

What training, experiences and characteristics qualify you for this position?
My training throughout the years, especially through DPS, has prepared me to oversee the daily operations and financial operations as well as care and maintenance of my patrol unit and duty station. I have had intense training in drug interdiction, DWI interdiction, investigation, and building positive community relations.

What do you think are the most critical issues facing the community and what would you do to address them, if elected?
After talking with many of the leaders and citizens of Breckenridge, I feel as you do, that the most crucial issues include our aging infrastructure, streets and taxes. As Mayor, I will have the opportunity to work with the City Council, City Manager and all city departments as we address these issues. However, the city officials cannot do it alone. It will take all of us, the community as a whole, to make a difference. I love and support the idea behind the slogan “Love Breckenridge”. However, we must all put our words into actions and “Love Breckenridge”. I want to be a part of that.

Describe an accomplishment of which you are proud and how it helps make you the best candidate for the office?
I am proud to have served the people of the State of Texas, Stephens County and the city of Breckenridge for the past thirty-five years. It has been an honor and privilege. I hope to continue as your Mayor.

 


Editor’s note: The only editing the Breckenridge Texan did was to run a basic spell-check on the files and to put the questionnaires in a standard format.

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