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By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
JACKSBORO – After thoughtful consideration, and meetings with family, friends and civic leaders across the region, former Jack County Commissioner John Berry officially entered the House District 68 Special Election.
“It is important that we carry on the legacy of sending a representative to Austin who not only believes in our conservative rural Texas values, but is willing to fight for them as well,” Berry said. “I want thank Drew Springer for his years of service in the Texas State House and look forward to working together with him as he begins to serve in the Texas State Senate.”
Berry served as Precinct 1 Commissioner from 2017-2018 fulfilling an unexpired term, according to a release from Berry. A Certified Financial Planner with more than 25 years in the financial services industry, Berry has owned Corner Post Financial Planning for nearly 15 years.
He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Lubbock Christian University Summer Camp program and is past president of the Hope Shelter, the release stated. A member of the Jacksboro Chamber of Commerce, he has volunteered for other charities and nonprofits such as 4H, Boy Scouts, Salvation Army and Lions Club.
The Berry family are members of and attend Jacksboro Church of Christ. Raised in the Texas panhandle, Berry graduated from Texas A&M University, where he met his wife, Melanie. After college, they lived in Houston before returning to West Texas, according to the release.
They were able to acquire the land and home built by his great-grandparents outside of Jacksboro, where they raised their two boys and run a small cow/calf operation, the release stated. Their son Trey attends West Texas A&M University in Canyon, and son Michael attends The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in Charleston.
“Raising my family on a ranch and owning a small business for decades gives me a unique perspective on the needs and challenges facing our district,” Berry said. “The size of this district land wise creates regional needs that must be addressed such as access to water, healthcare and broadband internet while we must also ensure that there are viable jobs to allow our families to stay in rural Texas. We must also fight for lower property taxes for homeowners and be willing to protect and defend our individual liberties.”