WilCo commissioner running for re-election


Valerie Covey Williamson County Commissioner Valerie Covey is running for re-election for her third consecutive term in office.

She announced her reelection bid at the Williamson County Republican Party’s executive council meeting Sept. 29, according to a press release. Covey said she is seeking re-election to continue serving the citizens of Precinct 3 with accountability, integrity and fiscally conservative policies.

“During the past nine years, I have been blessed to serve the citizens of Williamson County Precinct Three,” Covey said in a statement. “We have seen numerous voter approved road projects reach completion, but there is much more work to be done.”

Covey was elected to the court in November 2006 and was re-elected to her second term in November 2012. During her tenure as commissioner, she said residents have seen the openings of Williams Drive, Ronald Reagan Boulevard, I-35 northbound frontage roads and the turnarounds at SH 29.

“During a time of unprecedented population growth, Williamson County voters have continuously said ‘yes’ to responsible growth, and I have been honored to serve as a public steward of their tax and road bond dollars,” she said.

During 2015 budget discussions, Covey voted to reduce the tax rate and pushed to reduce voter-approved debt by $10 million. The county commissioners approved the budget at the beginning of September.

Covey is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and is a Certified Public Accountant. She serves on the Williamson County Conservative Foundation, the Williamson County Mental Health Task Force, the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter Board, the Williamson County Audit Committee and the Williamson County Investment Committee.

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Caitlin covers Cedar Park and Leander city councils and reports on education, transportation, government and business news. She is an alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin. Most recently, Caitlin produced a large-scale investigative project with The Dallas Morning News and led education coverage in the Brazos Valley at The Bryan-College Station Eagle. After interning with Community Impact Newspaper for two summers, she joined the staff as a reporter in 2015.
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