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Livingston businessmen seeking mayor’s office
Polk County Enterprise - March 2008

Evans excited about economic growth
LIVINGSTON — City Councilman Clarke Evans, a former mayor protem, is announcing his candidacy for mayor in the May 10 election. A local real estate broker and rancher and the owner of Evans & Associates Real Estate, Evans continues to enjoy his service on the council, a position he has held for the past fi ve years. “I’m excited about the future of our city,” Evans said. “I feel like there’s just an unlimited amount of growth and progress that’s going to happen to our city in the next few years and I want to continue to be a part of it.”

Commenting on the unique geographical location of Livingston, Evans said this is a defi nite plus in drawing people to the area. “We are fortunate to live in a city that is in a rapid growth area and where we are able to operate without an ad valorem tax,” he said. “We are blessed with excellent fi nancial management and an extremely dedicated staff of city employees.” Evans said he is proud of the city employees, citing how they and their families “went above and beyond” following Hurricane Rita to restore services to the city, as well as keep the community safe and clean.

Evans and his wife Lynda haveseven children, three of whom live in Livingston. A lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church of Livingston, he has served on the Administrative Board and the Finance Committee. A graduate of Livingston High School, Evans graduated with honors from Sam Houston State University, receiving a bachelor of science degree and a master of education degree. A distinguished military graduate from SHSU, Evans is a veteran of the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged with the rank of captain. Evans is a past president of the Polk County Youth Rodeo Association, having served during the time the main arena was covered. He is a past president, treasurer and zone chairman of the Livingston Lion’s Club. He is also a past president, vice president and director of the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, he served on the chamber’s building committee for the present chamber of commerce office building and visitors’ center.

Evans served for nine years on the Livingston ISD Board of Trustees, is a former member of the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department, a past member of the Polk County Appraisal Review Board and a past chairman and director of the Polk County Appraisal District. A lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Evans continues to serve as a committee member, as well as a member of Tejas Vaqueros. Evans is a supporter of the Trinity-Neches 4-H/FFA Livestock Show and serves as auctioneer for the livestock sale. He also serves as auctioneer for the Onalaska Volunteer Fire Department barbecue and fundraiser and the Polk County Go Texan barbecue cook-off. He also serves as volunteer auctioneer for the Boys and Girls Club and several other community groups. A former Little League and Little Dribblers coach, Evans is a longtime supporter of youth activities in Livingston. In recent years, Evans was named an Outstanding Graduate of Livingston ISD and also received the designation of the Lion’s Club Fellow Award.

Leadership roles prepared Watson for office
LIVINGSTON — Dr. William E. “Bill” Watson announced his candidacy for the position of mayor of the city of Livingston last week. Watson, the son of the late Bill and Inez Watson, was born in Livingston in 1942. He and his wife of 44 years, Martha Wiggins Watson, met in chemistry class in high school, worked together at Hooks Supermarket and later attended Sam Houston State University. During his junior year at SHSU, he and Martha married at Central Baptist Church.

They then moved to Houston where he entered the University of Houston College of Optometry. Following graduation from U of H, Dr. Watson joined the U.S. Army with the rank of Captain. Following his honorable discharge from the service, he and his family returned to his hometown of Livingston where he set up his practice. Dr. Watson and his wife Martha have two children, four grandsons and another grandchild on the way. Since returning home, Dr. Watson has been heavily involved in his community.

His involvement includes: • Member and past president of Rotary Club of Livingston • Numerous awards from Rotary Club for community involvement • District Rotary award for community involvement • Named a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow • Took a leadership role in the construction of the Rotary Anniversary Park and the Rotary Annex Anniversary Park • Member and past president of Polk County Chamber of Commerce • Took a leadership role in the construction of the flag and flagpole and fountain at U.S. 59 and Hwy 190 • Recipient of community service awards from Chamber of Commerce • Named Polk Countian of the Year • Member of formation committee of Keep Polk County Beautiful • Served as President of Youth Center, Inc., an organization that maintained and operated the local swimming pool for years • Served as commissioner of local Little League baseball • Assistant Cub Scout leader • Member Three Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America • Chairman of successful United Fund drive • Works with the Livingston Lions , Onalaska Lions and Onalaska Lioness Clubs to provide free visual examinations and glasses to needy children and adults • Named Outstanding Graduate of Livingston High School • Supporter of and contributor to Habitat of Humanity • Served 14 years as Livingston City Councilman • Past President of Texas Municipal League District 16

Professionally, Dr. Watson is a lifetime member of the Texas Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association and is a Past President of the Pineywoods Optometric Association “I feel that my business experience, leadership abilities, 14 years in city governance as a councilman, and dedication to community and love for the city where I was born and educated will make me an effective mayor,” Watson said. “I am aware of the strengths of and the challenges facing our city and am willing and able to help build on those strengths and face those challenges as they come. I would appreciate your support and vote on May 10,” he added.


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