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MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls Mayor George Russell made it official Oct. 28 when he announced his plans to seek the Republican nomination for the Burnet County judge’s seat during the March primary.

Earlier this year, Burnet County Judge Donna Klaeger announced she would not seek re-election.

Russell is in his third term as Marble Falls mayor and previously served as city manager.

“As the chief administrative officer in the county, the next county judge must have a working knowledge of the critical issues facing local residents, the ongoing drought and our water supply, the cost of government and the impact of continued growth on our infrastructure and transportation,” Russell said. “My day-to-day experience dealing with these very issues over the past 12 years as Marble Falls city manager and now in my third mayoral term make me uniquely qualified to fill this position.”

He pointed out the advances in medical care, the healthy growth of the retail business community and the continued expansion of partnerships between the public and the private sectors as just a few of the accomplishments under his administration.

As lifelong Republicans, Russell and his wife of 46 years, Cynthia, both strongly believe in giving back to the community. Cynthia Russell has served as the president of the Highland Lakes Service League and the president of the Friends of the Marble Falls Library.

Russell has served on numerous advisory boards, including of the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce, Texas Tech University and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

He has been actively involved with developing Burnet County’s comprehensive water-management and transportation plans.

Among the many honors and awards he has received for community service are the 2012 Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen, the Masonic Blazing Star Lodge #413 Community Builder award and a Rotary-Paul Harris Fellow.

“My managerial experience, in-depth understanding and my record of achievement are among the many qualities I will bring to the position of Burnet County judge,” he said. “I look forward to these challenges and thank you for your continued support.”

Former Burnet County Precinct 4 Commissioner James Oakley previously announced his run for the Burnet County judge seat.