WAXAHACHIE — Ellis County Judge Carol Bush announced Friday that she will seek re-election next November.
Since taking office in 2009, Bush has helped strengthen the financial outlook of the county by adhering to conservative policies and practices, the announcement states. Those efforts led to a county property tax cut this year that lowered the tax rate to 2010 levels. Ellis County has also earned and maintained an AA bond rating from Moody’s and Fitch for its “robust financial position” and a $7 million savings to the taxpayers on refunded bonds over that time.
“As county judge, I will continue to propose annual budgets that maintain the 2017 property tax cut that lowered our tax rate to an enviable 2010 level. I will also continue to initiate actions that reduce costs, without compromising services," Bush said. "Of great importance to me is building upon our enhancements to the community’s public safety, which includes a fully-staffed Fire Marshal’s office, Emergency Management department and a strengthened partnership between our Sheriff and the Commissioners Court.”
She added, “It has been a tremendous privilege to represent the people of Ellis County. When I became County Judge, I made a commitment that I would be an effective voice for the people of this community and always place principle over politics. That has not always been the popular choice, but I’m proud to say that I have honored that commitment and it has proven successful."
Bush stated she is "proud" of all of the accomplishments of county administration over her two terms. Among those things she noted was an improved radio system, building projects such as the Ellis County Courts and Administration, county farm complex, sub-courthouse in Ennis and the Ellis County Elections Office. "
"We’ve enhanced our emergency response to deal with local disasters such as the recent tornadoes and flooding, secured transportation funding for improvements, added an additional district court, advocated for property owners against high-speed rail and achieved recognition for financial transparency," Bush stated. "This is the short list of the great strides we have made while keeping up with rapid growth. And still, there is more to be done. I look forward to continuing the work to keep Ellis County one of the best places in the State of Texas to live, work and raise a family.”
Bush is a graduate of Trinity University and St. Mary’s School of Law. She has served on the Waxahachie Education Foundation, the Waxahachie Independent School District Long Range Planning Committee, and the Waxahachie Global High Administrative Planning Team.
She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Ellis County Gingerbread House Children’s Advocacy Center, the Ellis County Juvenile Board and she has been an Advisory Board member to Waxahachie and Midlothian Chambers of Commerce.
Regionally, Bush chairs the Elected Officials Committee for Region 10 of the Regional Healthcare Partnership. She is also a Board member of the Regional Transportation Council and the Workforce Development Board for the North Central Texas Council of Governments. At the State level, Bush is a Governor’s Appointee to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department Board of Directors and a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.