Green energy product distributor, custom home builder to challenge Magness for County Commissioner post


By J.J. Smith. A business entrepreneur who heads two companies distributing “green” energy production products and building high performance custom homes has announced he will challenge second-term Rockwall County Precinct 4 Commmissioner David Magness for his position in the March 2 Republican Primary election.

Stan McWhirter, who is a partner in Freedom Renewable Energy Enterprises and owner of McWhirter Custom Homes, said he wants to improve communications between Precinct 4 residents and County government, strengthen the juvenile justice system and add building codes to unincorporated areas of Rockwall County.

“This is a pivotal moment in Rockwall County,” he said. “The last decade has provided unprecedented growth. It has also brought the challenges that always accompany progress. Our community has become much more diverse, both socially and economically. It is essential that County government reach out to all areas and groups.”

“Citizen involvement is the only way for democracy to flourish. I’m afraid we’ve not done a very good job of informing folks of the importance of local government in their day-to-day lives.”

The candidate said he will reconnect residents and the County by establishing quarterly Town Hall meetings in every polling district.

““As County Commissioner from Precinct 4, I will establish quarterly town hall meetings in every polling district. I will guarantee that, if you live in Precinct 4, you will have the chance to voice your concerns to me face to face. I want you to know me. And I want to understand how county government can help you.”

He said he will focus on helping troubled children because children are the most critical element of our future.

“County government is not directly involved with the schools; obviously the school districts do that. County government is directly involved in providing the backbone of the justice system. It is in this area that I can make an impact. I will work to strengthen the juvenile justice system and especially work to provide the funding for an expanded truancy prevention program.”

He added the County needs to change the law that restricts counties from setting building codes in unincorporated areas.

“As a custom homebuilder, I understand the construction process and the necessity of building codes.  I will work to expand the county’s ability to regulate building construction in the unincorporated areas of the County,” he said.

“Currently, the County is restricted from setting building codes by state law. In Rockwall County, we need to change this for several reasons. Because of our small size, what is unincorporated today will be part of one of our cities in the not-distant future. We need to plan for that scenario and be proactive in preparing for build out.”

“Building codes are being tightened at the national level to increase energy efficiency. The County needs to do our part at every level.”

In addition to his business experience, McWhirter also holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Texas A&M-Commerce. He said when he and his wife, Pam, a licensed professional counselor, first moved to Heath in 2001, they opened up a counseling center specializing in marriage counseling.

He branched off from that into executive coaching and leadership training which he still continues.

He sums up his background by stating that he’s a “guy who understands and works well with people.”

“And I like to build organization and systems,” he added.

“I’ve got a BBA in Marketing from A&M and a Masters in Counseling from A&M – Commerce. You can absolutely say I like to learn new things.”

The candidate has an adult son, who is an architect and married to a speech pathologist in Dallas, plus one grandchild.

For more information, call 214-384-2683 or visit Vote4Stan.com.


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