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WEDNESDAY, OcroB 2, 2002 BURNFr BULtm PAGE 9A "All-American" Leadership Marty Akins, a 48-year-old native of San Saba, Texas, is looking to become the next Comptroller of Texas. A suc- cessful attorney," farmer, rancher, novelist, husband and father, Marty Akins will bring to the Comptroller's office a fresh perspective and skills honed in the private sector. Marty was born of two Texas public school teachers, who instilled in him and his two older sisters the values of Royal recruited him to play football at the University of Texas at Austin. Marty became an All- American quarterback and was a member of three Southwest Conference Championship teams, SWC Player of the Year in 1975, inducted into the University of Texas Hall of Honor, and with Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell, created one of the most powerful running combinations in college histo- ry. It was the 1975 Texas-OU game in the Cotton Bowl where Marty first spoke of his desire to pursue public office. Quarterback Akins was visit- ed in the locker room by Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe. After discussing the game with Marty, Governor Briscoe asked the young All- American what his plans were after college, and Marty told him someday he would like his job. The Texas press covered this exchange exten- sively. Marry attended the hunter education and several Texas adventures in which he advocates families getting involved in the many outdoor activities that the great State of Texas has to offer. Marry Akins' memberships include the American Bar Association, Texas Bar Association, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Texas Wildlife Association, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, and Rotary Club. Marry also serves as an advisor for Court Appointed Special Advocates for abused children (CASA), Ministry of Challenge (Austin), as well as director of the Boys and Girls Club 'of Marble Falls. Marty and his family are members of the First United Methodist Church in Marble Falls. Marty Akins is the Texas Democratic party's nominee for State Comptroller and intends to bring the same winning formula and focus to public service that he has brought to all his previous endeavors. Octoberfest rally at Double Eagle Veteran law officer Phil Peeples, candidate for Burnet County Justice of the Peace (Precinct 3), is hosting a casual Octoberfest social so he will be able to meet and visit with as many area residents as possible. Candidate Peeples invites everyone to come to the Double Eagle Ranch located six miles east of Marble Falls on F.M. 1431 on Saturday, October 5. The social hour begins at 5:30. A dinner Of sausage and fixins will be served at 7. The award-winning Plungettes drill team of Republican ladies, will entertain. During his lengthy law enforcement career, which started with the United States Secret Service, this 27-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff's Department has held assignments in the Narcotics Division and with the United States Drug Enforcement Agency. In his last two years before retiring, Peeples w assigned to the Houston FBI Peeples Offices Joint Terrorism Task Force. He has testified in com'ts ranging from the Justice of the Peace level ........ .: : through those of the State District courts. He has over 15 years of experi- ence testifying in the United States Federal courts. He has instructed classes at the Harris County Sheriff's Academy and the Houston Police Department and has been a guest speaker at several local colleges. Phil holds a Masters Educational Certificate through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers and has received accolades from the Harris County Sheriff's Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Attorney's Office. Peeples relates with enthu- siasm his selection as "Sheriffs Deputy of the Year" in 1986 by the Exchange Clubs of Greater Houston. He says he is now ready to use all his years of = experience within the judicial system to benefit the rapidly growing and diverse popula- tion of Burnet County. He plans to administer the court docket in an effective and time- ly manner, eliminate trial transfers, and minimize trial delays and case backlogs. Phil says, 'ff plan on being in the office every day and will always have an open door poli- cy for the citizens of Burnet Country." According to Peeples, 'I love living in Burnet County. My wife Charlie (President of the Burnet County Republican Women) and I feel the need to be active in community ser- vice?' Since moving to the area, Phil has been a Republican Precinct Chair and has held the position of the Precinct Election Judge in Oatmeal for the past four years. "Please let everyone know they are wel- come at the Octoberfest event," said Peeples. Please call 512- 355-3803 for more information about the event or for direc- tions to the Double Eagle Ranch. discipline, hard work, humili- ty and respect for others. Marty grew up understand- ing the importance of a good education. Marty was taught the meaning of honesty, integrity, common sense and dedication as he watched his parents dedicate their lives to teach- ing school in various commu- nities across Texas. Marty knew that his best opportuni- ty at a college degree was to get a scholarship, and early in life he established that goal. An exceptional athlete, Marty was the all-state quar- terback who led his Gregory- Portland junior high and high school teammates to an unprecedented 60-4-1 record. He was inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame, where he and his father represent the only father/son inductees in this prestigious group. His athletic achievements fulfilled his childhood goal of a college scholarship when Longhorn Coach Darrell University of Houston Law Center where he graduated with honors and went on to become one of the premier attorneys in Texas. Using the same winning philosophy from the gridiron, Marry made his mark fighting for the underdog in the Courtroom. He was involved in several cases dealing with issues such as ground water contamination, environmen- tal abuses, superfund sites, and consumer protection. Marty's family heritage of farming and ranching dates back to the 1850s. He and his wife Pam have managed three working cattle ranches and currently live on their ranch in the heart of the Hill Country in Marble Falls. They have two children attending college and a third at home who attends public school in Marble Falls. A staunch advocate of hunter rights who believes in conservation, Marty has pro- duced hunting videos that feature outdoor safety tips, Highland Lakes Democratic Women The Highland Lakes Democratic Women met at Riverwalk Restaurant in Burnet for the September general meeting. A large group attended and five new members joined. John Courage was present and told of his campaign which is going very well. He thanked the group for their support. All of the county candidates that were present spoke of what they are doing. Debbie Bindseil, running for JP in the 4th precinct, told of the great fund rais- er given for her in Spicewood and the support she is receiving from many sources. Miranda Mather, who is a candidate for JP in precinct 2, also had a most successful fund raiser at her parents home in Burnet with many people attending and giving her encouragement. Nancy Rhoads spoke of the walking and door- knocking she has been doing and has been well received as she runs for Commissioner in Precinct 4. Kathy Barrow, running for re-elec- tion as District Clerk, can't be out campaigning much as she is so busy in her office, but many folks have indicated their support for her. Annette Ussery, who is a candidate for County Administrative Judge, explained her fund rais- er has had postponing due to weather and con- flicting dates so is now scheduled for the 5th of OCt. at her ahd Lee's home ranch.She also thanked John Courage for nding so many events in Burnet county. Everyone is getting to know him and realize what a good representa- tive he will make. Clara Lou Sawyer spoke of the races in Llano county and thinks Bill Jennings has a good chance at the job of County Judge. She also told of the new chapter of the Texas Democratic Women just organized there as the Hill Country Democratic Women. Diana Gonzales from the PEC spoke about the deregulation of electricity that is coming soon. She told of how different companies would be supplying it and the PEC would be the distributor. She said we should look at all of the companies carefully to decide who we wanted to use. Some may be more "green" than others and we may want to take that into account. Also prices may vary. So be aware that this is acom- hag event soon and be careful as you choose your company. The president, Melva Jean Cain, announced that the next meeting in October will be honor- ing members who have contributed much to the organization. It will be a catered luncheon at Annette Usserfs home on October 24. For more information call the Democratic Headquarters at 512-715-9165 any Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 512- 756-9200 or 830-598-5447 or 830-69378935. Republican Women The Burnet 'County Republican Women will meet this Thursday, October 3rd at ll:30 AM at Meadowlakes Country Club for a Mexican Buffet lunch. Guest speaker for this October meeting will be Genny Hensz, Issues and Action Chairman of Texas Federation of Republican Women. As always, everyone is invit- ed to attend. For more informa- tion about any Republican activities in Burnet County, please call Marilynn Goode at 512-355-2374. Also, the Burnet County Republican website is full of excellent information about Republican happenings and brief sketches of Republican candidates running for county offices this November. Please refer to this website at often and feel free to also visit the Republican headquarters on the square in Burnet week- days from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Introducing NEW Expanded Coverage from CELLULARONff! NOW NO ROAMING CHARGES throughout the State of Texas!' CELWLARONE" Serving Central Texas and the Hill Country