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MARBLE FALLS — A longtime Republican and small business owner has decided to run for the Republican Party of Burnet County chair.

Donna Holland Wilcox announced her plans Oct. 3.

Over the years, Wilcox has worked closely with the Texas governor and Texas Secretary of State’s office on several programs. She also served the Texas GOP in several positions.

“Burnet County is one of the fastest growing counties in Texas and has the opportunity to once again become a state leader in GOP community education, quality candidate support and independent, well-run elections,” Wilcox stated in a press release.

Wilcox, a sixth-generation Burnet County resident, has been a small-business owner since 1998. She brings more that 20 years of experience in business development, marketing and entrepreneurial management in both private and public sectors to the table.

“I’m running to restore transparency and inclusiveness in the Republican Party of Burnet County,” she added in the release. “Too many of the citizens that are invested in our community have been cut off from the information and resources provided by this office at a time when they needed them most.”

Over the years, Wilcox has built a network of government, business and academic leaders across Texas and around the world.

While she’s been active in the GOP and Texas, Wilcox maintains close connections with her home community.

An active member of her church, Wilcox helped create and foster the First Baptist Christian School of Marble Falls. The accredited private school serves elementary and middle school students.

Wilcox has served on several church committees including the new building fundraising campaign committee, the stewardship committee and the children’s ministry team.

She currently sits on the Circuit of Americas F1 Host Committee and Serve Who Serve Advisory Board.

Wilcox and her husband Brad, along with their daughter Christian, 11, are actively involved in Burnet County 4-H Club, youth sports, hunting and ranching.

“My family has invested in this community since 1847, so I believe that it is time for me to take a stand and do my part to make it a better place for my daughter and those who are coming after us,” Wilcox said. “I plan for the party chair’s office to be an open and rich resource for building strong conservative values for everyone.”