Commerce – Change is on the horizon for the city of Commerce as municipal elections approach. Races for city Mayor, as well as council seats 2 and 4 are all up for grabs, with 3 candidates vying for each position.
Chris Ellason is a graduate of Texas A&M University-Commerce who's seeking the position of City Council Place 2.
Ellason says one of his major concerns deals with the conditions of our city's streets, saying that as a University employee, it's a common complaint heard amongst students. He addressed a lack of industry in Commerce and the need to bring in more entertainment venues to keep individuals nearby and help promote growth and stability. Ellason says he wants to serve as a voice of the young people, and help them be heard, noting the impact that Texas A&M University-Commerce has on the community and vise-versa.
Ellason, a native of Tom Bean south of Sherman, works part time at the A&M-Commerce farm and also as an instructor in the Animal Sciences department. Early voting begins Monday and runs through May 6. Votes can be cast weekdays between 8:15 a.m. and 4:15 p.m., with extended early voting hours between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on April 30 and May 1 at Commerce City Hall downtown. Municipal elections are May 10.
Click the MP3 icon to listen as Chris Ellason talks about how his candidacy can help serve as a voice for young residents.