Councilman Bruce Clark said he’s proud to be a part of Alvarado and considers it a privilege to serve.
“The plans the mayor, city council and city staff had for the strengthening of infrastructure of the city, like streets, water and sewer, just made sense to me,” Clark said of his decision to seek office. “Also, I’ve been impressed with the conservative and efficient way our city staff had handled spending.”
Even when the council has moments of disagreements on certain issues, members always resolve it in an amicable way, he said, noting, “Another thing that really impressed me about our city council was how everyone seems to want what’s best for the residents of Alvarado rather than pushing personal agendas.”
Clark and his family have lived in Alvarado since 1978, although the majority of that time he has commuted to work in Cleburne, Midlothian, Dallas or Fort Worth. He attended Tarleton State University in Stephenville, where he received his bachelor’s of science degree in agriculture in 1976.
“When Rebecca and I married in 1976, I was working for Charlie Phillips Trucking and later went to work for Gifford-Hill Cement Company in Midlothian before hiring on with AT&T in 1980,” Clark said.
Clark started out as a splicer with the company in Cleburne and later became a repairman. He now works in fundamental network planning with AT&T and counts motorcycling, woodwork and grandchildren as his hobbies.
Clark not only rides his motorcycles recreationally, his smaller Yahama is what transports him to Fort Worth to work every day while his larger BMW cycle is used for longer trips. He and his wife have traveled to the northwestern United States, New Mexico and West Texas.
Clark said many cyclists aspire to complete a 1,500-mile trip in 24 hours or less.
“Rebecca and I rode to Lordsburg, N.M., in 11 hours one time and turned around and made it back home with 10 minutes to spare,” Bruce said. “But it was a rough trip coming back because we got into this horrible hail storm in New Mexico with winds up to 45-50 miles per hour. Rebecca was screaming for me to pull over, but I told her that there was no way I could hold the bike up sitting still with all this wind.”
His wife has been employed with the Alvarado Miniature Horse Association for four years and the family attends First United Methodist Church of Alvarado, where Clark serves as a board trustee and she serves on committees. He previously served on the Alvarado ISD board during the mid-1990s.
The couple has two children, April, 28, and Shawn, 27, and four grandchildren.