V. Wayne Turner of Waxahachie has announced his candidacy for Ellis County Republican Party chairman.

Turner is vying to fill the position being vacated by Rusty Ballard, who is not seeking a third term.

“Ellis County is growing and I see my job as helping the Republican Party share in that growth,” said Turner, who has long been an active member of the party on both the local and national level.

Turner has attended every Republican party state convention since 1994, served as a delegate to the national GOP convention in 2000 and 2004, traveled to Oregon on the Bush 2000 Strike Force Team and attended both of President George W. Bush’s inaugurations.

Following his retirement as the owner of Flowers Construction Company, Turner and his wife Debbie moved to Brown County where they operated a ranch until moving back to Waxahachie in 2002. During his time in Brown County, Turner served as Republican Party chairman from 1994 until 1999.

If elected, Turner said his primary goal will be getting more people active in the Republican Party.

“Ellis County is a Republican county,” he said. “We need to get people active and involved — whether it’s running as precinct chairmen or volunteering to help get our candidates elected. I want to keep building the party.”

Long-term, Turner said he would like to work towards the establishment of a permanent Republican Party office for Ellis County.

“I believe we need that visibility,” he said. “Right now we rent an office during election time, but it moves every election cycle and no one knows where it is or when it’s open.

“Down the road, I would like to see us have a permanent office that will increase the party’s visibility and provide a year-round place for members of the party to gather and work to build the party.”

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