Burkeen Announces for Re-election as County Judge
I am proud to announce my candidacy for re-election to the position of county judge of Limestone County. I am proud of the job we have done over the past eleven years, and look forward to continuing to deal with the challenges facing the county.
We have dealt with a decline in the energy sector and a decline in inmate populations, both of which affected our county financially. Now the energy industry is starting to make a comeback, and the Limestone County Detention Center is open again. We have been through tough times without sacrificing the services we provide to the citizens of Limestone County.
I have been a voice for Limestone County throughout the region and the state. I have represented Limestone County and the Heart of Texas Council of Governments at the Texas Association of Regional Councils, and served as president of that state-wide group. I represent the Texas Association of Counties on a mental health panel working to improve the provision of mental health services, an issue that affects all rural counties, but especially affects us because of the presence of the Mexia State Supported Living Center in Limestone County. I represented the Texas Association of Counties on previous panels set up by the Texas Senate and the Texas House. I have been able to benefit the county by a regional approach in other areas, including transportation, 911 services, emergency management and solid waste services.
On the judicial side, I serve on the County Judges Education Advisory Committee, planning training for county judges across the state, and regularly teaching classes myself. The volume of cases in Limestone County and the complexity of today’s laws and rules demand a judge with legal training and experience to effectively manage the docket, protect the rights of those accused, and ensure that justice is preserved. I have worked to ensure dockets are managed effectively and efficiently in criminal, probate, civil and other matters.
I previously served for many years as president of the Limestone County Child Welfare Board. I have served twice as president of the Mexia Lions Club, served several years as a Lions Zone Chair over 8 clubs, and currently serve on Lions District cabinet. I have served twice as president of the Greater Mexia Area Habitat for Humanity, and continue to volunteer with habitat. I continue to serve as commander of American Legion Post 288 serving Limestone and Freestone Counties and serve as district oratorical chair, serving 18 posts. I serve on the board of the Limestone Cancer Support Group, and as trustee of Prairie Grove Baptist Church.
I look forward to talking about what we have done and about the bright future that I believe lies ahead for Limestone County.