Abilene

Brad Birchum wins nomination for Taylor Co. commissioner seat

ABILENE, Texas - Lt. Brad Birchum with the Taylor County Sheriff's Office has won the Republican Party nomination for the Taylor County Commissioner Precinct 3 seat.

Birchum received 2,219 votes to Dale Morrison's 1,902. He will run unopposed in November.

Birchum worked directly for Taylor County for about 30 years, with more than a decade of that working in the Taylor County Jail.

He said he would focus on staffing and providing the "best service we can as county employees." He told KTXS he would work side-by-side with employees and provide effective leadership at the top.

"The easy part's over, the hard part starts in the morning," Birchum said Tuesday. "I gotta go to work for the citizens of Taylor County, representing for them.  They've hired me to do a job, and I'm going to work hard for them to know they voted for the right person. I'm just blessed, I'm thankful for my family, my friends, and everyone else who came and voted today."

Birchum said he would work with the sheriff's office until the end of the year. He will work with Taylor County Sheriff Ricky Bishop and other administrators to name his replacement.

He is running to replace current commissioner Stan Egger, who announced his retirement after more than 20 years in the position.


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