Local businessman and civic leader Ray Eckenrode has picked up the pivotal endorsement of the man he is working to replace.
Joe Jaynes, Collin County's Precinct 3 incumbent Commissioner, threw his support behind Eckenrode early this week, citing Eckenrode’s “private sector experience, business acumen and dynamic vision” for Collin County.
Jaynes’ strong vote of confidence is the latest in a string of impressive endorsements for Eckenrode from area civic and law enforcement organizations, including the Collin County Deputies Association (CCDA), the Collin County Association of Realtors, and the McKinney Police Association (MPA).
Jaynes, who is set to step down at the end of his current term, believes Eckenrode is the man best suited to guide Precinct 3 and Collin County in the coming years.
“For me, it’s about experience and vision, and who has the right combination of those two to keep Collin County moving forward,” says Jaynes. “We need trusted leadership that’s been forged by experience. Ray has this. His firm, Appian Commercial Realty, is an industry leader in Collin County. As such, Ray understands first hand the importance of a thriving private sector being supported by prudent local governance.”
“He’s a community leader, too, with a track record of bringing folks together as a board member on the McKinney Chamber of Commerce and the McKinney Planning and Zoning Commission. For me, it’s as close to a no-brainer as you can get - I wholeheartedly endorse Ray to be the next County Commissioner for Precinct 3.”
While Jaynes is effusive in his praise, Eckenrode insists on returning the favor.
“Collin County and Precinct 3 have been well represented by Commissioner Joe Jaynes for over a decade, and it is an honor to receive his endorsement,” he says. “I value his support. I know Commissioner Jaynes’ backing will be valuable as we draw closer to Election Day.”
“Being the Commissioner for the County’s 3rd Precinct is an enormous responsibility. The officeholder is bound by a sacred duty to represent the interests of the precinct in policy decisions large and small that will affect every single county resident in some way,” Ray says. “Like Joe Jaynes, I pledge to act decisively and consistently in a fiscally conservative manner that protects the interests of the county’s residents and promotes our vibrant business and commercial sectors.”
Eckenrode is actively promoting his vision and agenda to the residents of Collin County’s Precinct 3 preparing for the May 29 Republican Primary Election. He has the endorsements of the McKinney Police Association and the Collin County Deputies Association, and the stated support of hundreds of enthusiastic Collin County voters. To learn more about how you can be a part of his movement to keep Collin County Texas’ finest, please visit Ray’s campaign website, www.rayeckenrode.com.
In Photo (at top): Commissioner Joe Jaynes (left) and Ray Eckenrode (right).