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Bailey: Community asked him to seek office

By chirst
July 21, 2012 at 2:21 a.m.

Ronald Bailey

MEET Ronald W. Bailey

Age: 60

Occupation: Retired

County of Residence: Goliad

City of Residence: Weesatche

Editor's Note: The runoff elections for the Democratic and Republic party primaries is July 31. Early voting begins Monday and ends Friday. The Advocate is profiling local candidates in the runoffs. Today's candidates are seeking the Republican Party nomination for Goliad County Commissioner Precinct 3.

Ronald Bailey, of Weesatche, is running for Goliad County Commissioner Precinct 3, because his community asked him to, he said.

"Just being involved with the government and trying to bring about a much needed, positive change in the commissioner's court," Bailey said of his goals for running. "There is a tremendous lack of cohesiveness among the court. The consensus of the people is that it is time for change."

Though he has never run for a political office, Bailey said he learned management and leadership skills during his 31 years at Dow Chemical.

He also has experience with budgets, he said, having worked with as an inspector for Houston Pipeline, in Victoria, for three years.

Bailey said there are quite a few issues in the county that he would like to see resolved, such as the dispute over uranium mining, raising taxes and the litigation over Goliad County Industrial Airpark.

He also thinks Goliad needs to attract new business to the area.

Scot McGowan, owner of Weesatche Hall, said he supports Bailey for commissioner.

"Mr. (Jim) Kreneck has done a good job, but he has been there a while and it is time to get new blood in there and get someone who is more hands on," McGowan said.

McGowan, who knows Bailey through his restaurant, believes Bailey will use common sense in the office.

"He is hard working and he really wants to get in there and treat it as a full-time job, instead of a part-time job," McGowan said.

Bailey opposes the uranium mining in the county, at least until the companies provide proof that it won't contaminate the drinking water.

He is also open to tax abatements discussions to bring new business to the county and jump start the economy.

"I am very open minded about that. I will listen to anybody's opinion and I am willing to work with anybody. I am very easy to get along with," Bailey said. "I just felt like I could make a difference."

Bailey recently filed an open-records request on his opponent, Jim Kreneck, for the time sheets of Kreneck's crew on July 4 and July 5.

The timecards were altered on July 4 and July 5, allowing the crew to work July 4, a holiday, and have July 5 off. Bailey believes this is a moral issue.

The matter is under investigation and Kreneck denies changing the entries for time sheets.

"I've heard this is routine, but it would not be routine for me. I don't have a personal opinion about why he did it," Bailey said.

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