David G. Pagan has announced he will seek election as Ellis County Commissioner, Precinct 1

Pagan, of Enni,s announced he will seek the Republican nomination for Ellis County Commissioner, Precinct 1.

“I would like to use my over 20 years of service in local, state and federal government to effectively serve the residents of Precinct 1,” said Pagan. “I have worked with annual budgets ranging from $1 million to $10 billion, analyzed complex policy issues, worked collaboratively to develop solutions, and built relationships with officials, business executives, and community leaders at all levels.”

He began his career in government with the city of Ennis, serving as its first economic development coordinator and later as administrative assistant to the city manager. He has worked in key positions at Texas state agencies and as an analyst for the legislative budget board. During his time in Washington, D.C., he served as a federal policy advisor for Texas Governor Rick Perry and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Pagan was also appointed as the first Director of the Office of State, Local and Tribal Relations for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and served as a senior policy advisor at CBP and the Department of Homeland Security Office of International Affairs.

Additionally, Pagan has extensive experience with community organizations, previously serving on the board of directors for Helping Hands of Ennis and the United Way of Ennis. He has also led church mission trips to villages in rural India to provide clean water, latrines and literacy training as well as to support the ministry of local pastors.

He currently works as the policy director for the Collin County Business Alliance (CCBA), an organization that brings leaders from business, government and academic institutions together to find solutions to the area’s pressing issues. Pagan also serves an adjunct professor of government at Navarro College’s Waxahachie campus.

Pagan completed his undergraduate studies at SMU and the London School of Economics and holds graduate degrees from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and University of Texas School of Law.

He and his wife Charlene were married in Ennis almost 23 years ago and they have two sons.