Tim Sinclair, longtime resident of the Keene community, has announced his intention of running for the Republican candidate seat for Johnson County Commissioner for Precinct 4 in the March 2014 primary.
“I want to make my corner of the world a better place to live and by serving as county commissioner I believe I can,” Sinclair said. “Don Beeson has done a fantastic job as commissioner but he is retiring. I will continue the high standard of excellence and honesty that Don has maintained in this office.”
Sinclair moved to Johnson County in 1972. He graduated from Chisholm Trail Academy in 1975 and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in accounting from Southwestern Adventist University.
His career path has taken him through several different fields ranging from the construction, marketing, and environmental industries to running his own company. Sinclair has owned his own company for the last 14 years.
In addition to his professional endeavors, he and his family are members of the Alvarado Seventh-day Adventist Church where Sinclair has served as a deacon, elder, and a youth Pathfinder director for over 10 years.
“I really have a soft spot in my heart for the children of today,” Sinclair said.
The list of accomplishments as Pathfinder director speaks to his dedication to the youth. In addition to his involvement with the Pathfinders he has coached summer league baseball for more than 10 years.
Sinclair's efforts to engage and benefit his local community began almost 20 years ago when he organized and founded the annual Keene Christmas Light Parade. Over the years, Sinclair has continued to organize this event, which has subsequently grown to be a much-anticipated holiday event for community families.
Sinclair continues to engage and benefit his community in a number of ongoing ways. The Elisa Carver Park is yet another example of this involvement. Sinclair introduced the sport of disc golf to the Keene community by developing the installation of a disc golf course in the Keene city park.
Sinclair crafted the plans for the course and presented them to the city's park board for approval. Upon approval by the park board as well as the City Council, Sinclair then orchestrated the fundraising and construction processes for the course. This disc golf course is now used on a regular basis by community residents and has increased the flow of people utilizing the park itself.
The most recent example of Sinclair's community involvement has been bringing the sport of Adult Soapbox Derby Racing to Johnson County. The Johnson County Soapbox Classic was held on this most recent Labor Day holiday. This event brought people together from various areas of the surrounding community. It also served as a positive economic impact to the local area by enticing the participation of multiple out-of-town derby racers. Once again, Sinclair orchestrated this project through the appropriate approval processes by coordinating with the local municipal and state governing bodies.
For his perpetual involvement in the community Sinclair has been awarded the Keene Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the year award, the Southwestern Adventist University Alumni Volunteer Award, and the Phillip Sparks Helping Hands Award.
Sinclair and his wife, Tracy, have been married 29 years and have lived in the Keene area since 1984. Tracy is a registered nurse and works in the neonatal intensive care unit at John Peter Smith Hospital.
They have three adult children (two boys and one girl) and two grandchildren. Two of their children have graduated with bachelor's degrees from Southwestern Adventist University and the third will graduate in the spring of 2014.
The Sinclair's oldest son, Ryan, is currently earning a law degree from Baylor University. Their daughter, Chandler, works as an ER nurse in Fort Smith, Ark. Their youngest son, Travis, is a senior in college and is working towards attending Officer Candidate School for the United States Marine Corps.
“Growth is coming to Johnson County. With the completion of the Chisholm Trail Parkway/121 Project the population is predicted to double in the next 10-12 years. We have to be able to manage the growth of this county and keep it one of the best places to live in the nation,” Sinclair said.
“I believe that my experience in the community and as a business owner has uniquely prepared me to serve,” Sinclair continued. “The extensive network I have in the community will allow me to work with and engage all aspects of the community as we go through this future growth period. Serving as a county commissioner is yet another way I am seeking to give back to the community that I love and in which I have raised my family.
“With growth comes a wide variety of challenges. By working together we can effectively meet these challenges head on.”
For more information about Sinclair and his campaign to become the next Precinct 4 County Commissioner for Johnson County, follow Tim Sinclair on Facebook or call 817-307-3362.