Rockwall County Judge Chris Florance announces re-election campaign

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By J.J. Smith. Rockwall County Judge Chris Florance has announced that he will seek re-election in 2010.

The former businessman was first elected in 2006, after defeating former County Commissioner Scott Self in a close run-off election and former Rockwall Mayor Ken Jones in the GOP primary election.

Three other Republicans have already announced they will challenge Judge Florance in the March primary election for the office, including retired corporate executive and military officer Jerry Hogan, bank vice president Kevin Fowler and radio station owner Jones.

Since being elected, Florance has become the County’s first full-time Judge (in recent memory) adding on the duties of an actual judge and magistrate, in addition to his administrative role serving on the Commissioners Court with four other County Commissioners. 

He has presided over three County budgets with no tax increases, helped arrange funding for a second district judge and helped prevent the County from being regionalized by the Dallas Parkland Hospital system.

“Since I was elected to lead this county,” he said, “we have achieved what many have said could not be accomplished without a tax increase. I brought 30 years of business culture and experience to Rockwall County government.”  

“Having presided over three County budgets, the County has not raised taxes, except when the citizens voted to raise taxes 2 ½ cents for our new Library under the previous administration.”

He has spearheaded efforts to build a new and safer County courthouse.

“Recently the State issued a warning for our overcrowded, unsafe and non-compliant court facility,” he added. ”We are now in the process of constructing a Courthouse as a replacement.”

“It takes courage to do what’s right and the Commissioners Court understands that the safety of our citizens is of the utmost importance. We will not sacrifice our citizens’ safety.”

He has also secured seats and testified on several state and area councils and committees. 

“Having a seat on the Regional Transportation Council (RTC) has allowed us to negotiate with state officials to keep construction of County roads to keep construction moving forward in spite of financial constraints.”

Prior to being elected, he was a businessman for 30 years who owned six different businesses. The last was Dallas Courier, which employed 30-35 people at any one time.   

Judge Florance is also an ordained minister, having attended Southwestern Baptist Theology School, after graduating from S.M.U. in 1976 with a degree in business and communications. He became a Department of Public Safety chaplain to assist state troopers, victims and their families.

He and his wife, Kathy attend Lake Pointe Church. They are the parents of four grown children, who all graduated from Rockwall High School and are employed in law enforcement, including Rockwall Police officer Joseph Florance and Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher Anna Florance.

Summarizing his feelings about serving as County Judge, he said, “It has truly been an honor to have served the people of Rockwall County. My door is always open so please drop in and let me answer your questions personally.  I respectfully request your vote in the upcoming March Primary election so we can keep Rockwall County moving forward.”

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