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BURNET — A man with ties to the county threw his hat in the ring for the Republican nomination for county judge after Burnet County Judge Donna Klaeger announced June 5 that she would not seek a third term.

James Oakley, who served as Burnet County Precinct 4 Commissioner for eight years starting in 1998, revealed June 5 that he would be seeking the Republican nomination for the county judge’s seat in the March 2014 primary election.

“I feel that having been a county commissioner for eight years, my involvement with all levels of government across Texas has prepared me for this role,” Oakley said.

Oakley was the first Republican elected to the commissioners court in recent times. Prior to Oakley’s election, Democrats held the table for numerous decades.

During his time in office and seven years since, Oakley has remained active at the state, regional and local levels of politics. In 2000, then-Governor George Bush appointed Oakley to the Regional Review Committee for Community Development Grants, a position he still holds. In 2003, Governor Rick Perry appointed Oakley to the rock crushers and quarries advisory committee during the 79th Legislative session.

In 2009, Perry appointed Oakley to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement as one of three public members with his term expiring in 2017.

Other things Oakley has been active include Capital Area Council of Governments, Capital Area Regional Transportation Planning Organization and Texas Colorado River Floodplain Coalition.

He is the vice-president of the Burnet County Republican Party.

Since leaving office, Oakley has worked for, a national, web-based auctioning business that focuses on government surplus and seizure assets.

Oakley’s wife Julie is the city of Horseshoe Bay finance director.

The couple have a combined family of five children and live in the Spicewood community. They are members of the Lake Hills Church in Bee Caves.