ARP — Arp resident James “Barry” Barnett, 50, has announced he is seeking election to the Smith County Commissioner’s Court, Precinct 2. Barnett will run in the 2014 Republican primary; thus far, he faces only incumbent Cary Nix in that race. Barnett operates an aviation management company, ETJS, LLC. He oversees all maintenance for a local charter company at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport, and he is one of the founding directors of the Wings over Tyler Air Show, which kicked off in 2011. Barnett is a certified firefighter with the Arp Volunteer Fire Department and served as President of the Northeast Texas District for the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas.
Barnett said that the people of Smith County are not looking for Washington-style politics here at home. He says local citizens elect commissioners to take care of items such as roads and county services and oversee county finances. He added that he has “a proven record of listening to the community.” Barnett also says he brings successful business management as well as great customer service skills to the court. Some of his goals are to improve the county roads in Precinct 2, help reduce the yearly budget and improve the county infrastructure.