(Seguin) -- A local man has officially entered the race for Guadalupe County Commissioner Precinct 2. Drew Engelke has secured a spot on the ballot for the Republican March Primary. The seat is currently held by Commissioner Jack Shanafelt.
Engelke, a lifelong resident of Guadalupe County, says he is ready to dedicate his service and commitment to the community. He says he has both the passion and responsiveness to do the job.
"Since the mid 1980's, I've been involved in some form or fashion with the community of Seguin. Now, I want to take it to the next level of the county. Living in Precinct 2 and the growth that is going to happen in the near future sitting on the planning and zoning commission for the last five years, I've seen what's happening and what's going to happen and it's exciting. I want to be a part of that. I want to be a positive contributor with common sense to the whole process. I've got a gander of diversity there of the local people that I grew up with and that I know and that I'm communicating with and worked with all these years. Then, my involvement at Navarro all these years as a photographer. Most people know me as a photographer or a small business owner and just the actual fact of my family (who) originally settled in the Geronimo area. I got ties there still, but I want to be a part of the whole community to where we have a positive outlook and growth for the future," said Engelke.
Engelke says his goals are to maintain and improve existing infrastructure plus support and assist local law enforcement, the agriculture community and business industry. He says his people skills are what he believes will connect him to those he hopes to serve.
"I'm a people person so the diversity I have with different people, different personalities, different levels of income if you want to say -- I have had experience with that over the years as a small business owner, as an educator. I teach currently at Texas A&M in San Antonio. I've been a university level educator for 13 years. Texas Lutheran -- I was there for 10 years and now currently at A&M in San Antonio. The diversity of people that I'm used to dealing with, I'm very positive with them and I feel that I can relate to most people in an aspect of their needs or desires or wants or what not but I'm a people person who can think logically through things if I need to and make the best choices -- in this case for the people of Precinct 2," said Engelke.
Engelke's community involvement includes but is not limited to being vice chairman of the Guadalupe County Appraisal Review Board, vice chairman of the Seguin Planning and Zoning Commission and a committee member of the Seguin Master Thoroughfare Plan Task Force. Engelke says he believes this experience and his willingness to work with people makes him the best candidate.
"I'm approachable, dependable and very hard working. I plan to be very active. I still consider myself young. So I am a proven leader I think in the community. I want to take that experience and my education and my personal approachable skills to the table to serve the people of Precinct 2," said Engelke.
The Primary Election is scheduled for Tuesday, March 6, 2018.