A second candidate has announced their intention to run for Montgomery County Pct. 2 Commissioner. Magnolia resident Ricky Rickett has announced he will be taking on Charlie Riley for the Republican nomination.
Rickett, a local construction and real estate businessman believes his conservative philosophy and experience as a business owner will help him in his quest to succeed.
"I am concerned about our debt," he said. "We are in the top two percent of counties in regards to debt. Our total debt per person is almost $1,100."
"I have never had the convenience of being able to throw large sums of money at a problem," he added. "I've had to study it or use local community leaders and colleagues in order to get it done. I have had to figure out how to solve problems and run a business with fiscal discipline."
Rickett added that he believes a business approach to government leads to sound financial decisions.
"We need a leader who knows how to work with the community, a leader who knows how to work with other business owners and ensure quality future growth, while exercising strong fiscal discipline," he said. "In addition to that, I believe my conservative approach to business will be a great benefit on the Commissioners Court. Government runs best when it's run like a business."
Rickett said that if he is elected he would like to appoint a citizens committee to help advise him.
"I want to appoint a citizens advisory committee to help find ways to reduce spending," he said.
Rickett has been married to his wife Alta for more than 30 years, has four children and four grandchildren. He is a member of First Baptist Church in Magnolia and has been a lifelong resident of the county.
Rickett said that, if elected, he will keep an open door policy.
"My door will always be open and I would deeply appreciate your vote."