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Meet the candidates

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Hartley County Commissioner Precinct 4
challenger John C. Beckman

By Robin Scott

    Hartley County resident, John C. Beckman, has put his bid in for County Commissioner of Precinct 4.  He has a vast amount of different experiences that will assist him in handling the office of County Commissioner. 

    Beckman is a lifelong resident of the Texas Panhandle and was born and raised in Umbarger.  After graduating from Umbarger High School he enlisted in the United States Navy and served for four years, including a tour in Viet Nam.  After his travels around the world with the Navy, he became a farmer and rancher in the Umbarger area and he also bought, remodeled and sold houses in Amarillo.  

    In 1987, Beckman left farming and moved to Corpus Christi to work for the Flour Bluff school district as the supervisor of yards.  While working for the school district, he took courses at the local college.  After several years, he left the school district to become a self-employed small contractor and he repaired houses.     

    In 1995, Beckman returned to the Texas Panhandle and worked for Dallam County as a road maintainer for 10 years before retiring.  He and his wife, Diane, own and operate John’s Antiques, John’s Woodshop and Beckman Rentals.   Beckman served for six years on the Board of Directors for the Co-Op Elevator in Umbarger, two years on the Board of Directors of Amarillo Catholic Charity and was a two-time Chairman and Co-Chairman of Umbarger Fall Festival, and a member of the Finance Board for the Catholic Church in Flour Bluff.  Beckman is an active member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.  

    Together, the Beckmans have five children, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  Joe is a Major in the Army and works in National Security out of Washington, D.C.  Aaron is a loan trainer in all phases for a large mortgage/banking entity in San Antonio.  Lydia works for a nursing home center in Amarillo.  Lelia works for Adrian schools while obtaining her degree to become a teacher, and Michelle works for an assisted living center near Shreveport.

    Beckman noted, “I believe in getting involved, talking to people, finding out what their concerns are and making the best decisions necessary.  Since I was in farming and a road maintainer for so long, I feel I have enough finance and business experience to handle the duties of a County Commissioner.”  He added, “I am retired and I would have time to take care of the duties as a County Commissioner.”  He is hopeful that everyone who may vote does get out and vote on March 2nd in the Republican Primary.

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