David Carroll announced his candidacy for Brown County commissioner in Precinct 4.

Carroll had been in business in Brown County since 1969, until recently, and that, along with having been a former county commissioner, provides him with the experience and knowledge to serve the people of Precinct 4 and Brown County, Carroll said.

As a former business owner, Carroll said, he has learned how to run a successful business and service the public. As a commissioner, he said, he learned the working of local government and how to apply the best methods of doing the job the voters elected him to do.

As a commissioner, Carroll said, he was able to eliminate unused and obsolete equipment and return the money to the precinct for road improvements. During his tenure, he said, the county was able to pave about 8 miles of roads and improve grades, where needed, over the railroad tracks so trucks could pass over without hitting high center. The county obtained voter participation to pave some roads and also improved low water crossings for safety.

Eastland County was sued over ownership of roads, costing the county more than $30,000 in legal fees to prove ownership of one road. State Rep. Jim Keffer introduced legislation to prevent this from happening again by allowing counties to claim ownership of their prods. Proving road ownership was a lengthy process of two years. Carroll said he was able to do this and saved Brown County more than $13,000 in legal costs by doing it in-house instead of hiring someone not on the county payroll.

Carroll said he was just a few hours from earning his commissioners certification when he left office. He and his wife, Brenda, were married almost 52 years before her death in November 2012. The Carrolls have two sons David Jr., a surgeon practicing in Jackson, Miss., and Troy, a police sergeant with 18 years experience in Brownwood.

Today's county government is much different than in the past and requires experienced leadership to keep informed and prepare for those changes. Carroll said his experience in searching for answers and applying that knowledge will benefit the people in Precinct 4 and Brown County.

When he was commissioner from 2003 to 2008, Carroll said, he had an open door policy and would return calls as zoo as possible. That policy will continue when he is elected, Carroll said.