Jerod Peek has announced he will seek re-election to the Sweetwater City Commission for the fourth precinct in the May 10, city election. Peek, who is completing his fourth term on the commission, has filed the necessary paperwork with the city.
A veterinarian and 27 year resident of Sweetwater, Dr. Peek has been and is active in both civic and professional organizations. In the past, he has served on the board of directors of the Nolan County Crime Stoppers, the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Veterinary Medical Association. He is a member of the Sweetwater Rotary Club and First Baptist Church. Prior to his election to the city commission, he served on the Sweetwater Board of Adjustment. Along with his regular duties on the city commission, Peek is on the board of directors of Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development.
Peek said, "It's been a privilege to serve on the city commission for the past eight years and I hope I've met the needs and expectations of the citizens of Sweetwater. I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Sweetwater on the city commission. For the most part, the past eight years have been very favorable for Sweetwater. For most of that time, our economy had remained strong and we're now looking at the potential for significant growth. Because of the efforts of our city staff, we've been able to hold the line on property taxes. With an expanding tax base, the prospect of maintaining a low tax rate looks promising. While the current economic growth is both exciting and welcome, it will present the city with challenges. Foremost of these will be having adequate infrastructure to support potential growth. Balancing the need for increased city services while holding the line on property taxes will probably be one of the bigger challenges facing the next city commission."
Accomplishments cited by Peek while on the commission are enacting a juvenile curfew ordinance, providing city staff with encouragement and guidance in giving the city an online presence and making agendas and minutes available online (see http://www.cityofsweetwatertx.com), support for Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development efforts to bring jobs to Sweetwater, and helping to see that Sweetwater lives up to its title as wind capital of the world at the same time as it grows into a regional player in both oil and rail. Additionally, there are the construction of the high service pump station at the water department, the new home for SNAP, the ongoing development of a new land fill and the recent groundbreaking for a new police station.
Early voting is from April 28 through May 6 with election day on May 10.
Dr. Peek and wife, Janie, have two adult children, Adam of New Braunfels and Cassidy, of Lipscomb.