Lester Gibson

Precinct 2 County Commissioner Lester Gibson

Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. D.L. Wilson and Bellmead City Councilman Travis Gibson have filed the initial paperwork to run for the McLennan County Commissioners Court Precinct 2 seat, which Lester Gibson plans to vacate after 28 years.

Travis Gibson is Lester Gibson’s son.

The two filings come after Baylor University graduate Gina Ford, of Axtell, filed the documents establishing a campaign finance manager for the seat in July.

Lester Gibson’s decision not to pursue re-election means Precinct 2 residents will have a fresh face representing the district for the first time in almost three decades. He was first elected to the Precinct 2 seat in 1990 and was most recently re-elected in 2014. A 1974 Baylor University graduate, Gibson served as a Waco City Council member from 1988 to 1990.

The first day to officially file for the March 6 primary election is Nov. 11 and the deadline is Dec. 11. Filing the paperwork to appoint a campaign treasurer — as Ford, Travis Gibson and Wilson have done — allows a potential candidate to start raising and spending money on their campaign.

Wilson, of Mart, named John R. Embry as his campaign treasurer. Gibson, of Bellmead, named Latrunda Reed as his campaign treasurer. Ford, 44, an Animal Birth Control Clinic project manager, named Mike Lee her campaign treasurer in her first run for office.

Travis Gibson was elected to the Bellmead City Council to represent Precinct 2 in May 2015 and re-elected May 2017.

The 46-year-old Travis Gibson, a Democrat, said he’s been preparing himself to run for the seat for the past 30 years.

He said serving his fellow residents runs in his blood as he’s lived around politics his entire life.

“I’ve seen the good things that my father has done,” Gibson said. “I have a great mentor in my dad. I know what it takes to be a successful county commissioner.”

Gibson is a special education inclusion teacher at University High School and one of the school’s football and powerlifting coaches.

Wilson could not be reached Monday for comment.

Cassie L. Smith has covered county government for the Tribune-Herald since June 2014. She previously worked as a reporter for the Beaumont Enterprise and The Eagle in Bryan-College Station. Smith graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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