2020 County Commissioner-Pct 1
Robert Cervenka, a former City Manager has announced he will campaign as a republican candidate for McLennan County Commissioner-Precinct 1 in the spring 2020 primary. A lifelong resident of McLennan County, he is a graduate of Baylor University. He is currently self-employed as a consultant for cities and developers within the Greater Waco Area. He pledges to use his more than 35 years of experience and his many professional relationships to help the residents of Precinct 1 grow and succeed. He takes pride in a career that was accomplished with the utmost professionalism, integrity, and honesty.
A conservative who believes in republican values, he is a civic leader with experience and integrity with a successful city government career. He views running for County Commissioner is a continuation of an entire career built from service in planning and municipal government. “My education, management and leadership skills, work in economic development, city planning, and years of public service have given me the necessary knowledge and skills to fulfill any expectation as a County Commissioner. I intend to work with all local officials and residents in Precinct 1 to develop and implement new collaborative solutions to existing infrastructure issues such as street, water, sanitary sewer, drainage, and floodplain maintenance. I feel local government works best when public servants answer to the people they represent. I am committed to working to bring positive leadership and consensus-building to the Commissioners Court to improve conditions and make life better for Precinct 1 and all County residents. I will work with State Legislators as a representative of McLennan County and its constituents on potential legislation that may affect the lives of the residents of Precinct 1. I will work with McLennan County officials to encourage all cities to participate in economic development projects.”
James A. (Jim) Smith
Republican Primary March 2020
General Election November 2020
Much of my adult life has been spent working with the public and striving to be a good steward of public funds.
My experience as a public school administrator, city council member, and economic development committee
member has provided me with the insight and understanding of what is needed and required of a commissioner.
If elected, I will be open and honest with the citizens of McLennan County and will put forth the time and effort
to represent the citizens in the manner they deserve.
Bachelor of Arts Degree in History /Government
Masters Degree in Education Administration
34 years public school educator (Robinson ISD)
16 years at Educators Credit Union
Past President, Central Texas Chapter of Credit Unions
38 years Texas Reserve Officer Commission, TCOLE
38 years Reserve Deputy Sheriff McLennan County
Past Chairman, Robinson Economic Development Committee
Past member, Area Economic Development Committee
Past member, Advisory Board at Ron E. Smith Academy of Finance, AJ Moore High School
and University High School, Waco, TX.
Voting Member, Texas Sports Hall of Fame
Past board member, Texas High School Football Hall of Fame
Elected 4 terms to Robinson City Council
Member, Waco -McLennan Co. Retired Teachers’ Association
Member, Texas Retired Teachers’ Association
Lifetime member, Texas Association of School Administrators
Lifetime member, Texas State Teachers Association
Member, Waco ISD Athletics Lifetime Athletic Honor Roll
Member, Tarleton Athletics Letterman’s Club (T-Club)
Member, Tarleton Alumni Association
Member, Sheriff’s Association of Texas
Member, Heart of Texas 100 Club
Member, Meadowbrook Baptist Church
Wife, Susan Kay
Daughter Amber, teacher at Robinson ISD
Son-in-Law Chris, teacher/coach at Robinson ISD
Daughter Ashley, teacher/coach at Lorena ISD
I am a proud and lifelong resident of Precinct 1, born and raised in Robinson, Texas. The youngest of three daughters to hard working and honest parents, it was instilled into us all early on the importance of both. My dad, Terry Tuley, worked his way up the ladder at different corrugated plants where he finally became the plant manager and then a Consultant in the industry. My mom, Dee Tuley, was a Godly woman who was the Purchasing Director at the Waco Tribune Herald until her medical retirement.
After high school I attended McLennan Community College where I received my degree in Paralegal Studies. Upon completion of college, I received job at a local attorney’s office where I learned how to perform legal research, prepare legal documentation and the ins and outs of our justice system.
Once I decided to change paths I accepted a job in the Sponsorship Department at the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo where I observed the importance of a servants heart and how the organization helps the community and students with their fundraising efforts. During my time there I worked with the Continuing Education Committee, organizing events and helping with the scholarship process. Working in the Sponsorship Department I prepared proposals and contracts; graphed and reviewed the progress of the department sales; and prepared myself for my next role as a County Commissioner’s Administrative Assistant.
As the Administrative Assistant to Commissioner Snell, I have seen first-hand the roles of a County Commissioner. I have worked by the Commissioner’s side for the past 7 years and have been involved in the preparations of court, road and bridge projects, working with the constituents and cities of Precinct 1 and helped review policies and budgets for McLennan County. Having this experience has prepared me with the knowledge and understanding of the County Commissioner, Precinct 1 position.
I married the love of my life, Nick Brault. We have 4 children, a 16 year old daughter, Kenly, who is a Junior at Robinson and triplet boys, Carter, Caleb and Colton who are 7 and in First grade at Robinson.
I’m running to:
- use my years of experience in the Commissioner’s Office for a seamless transition and to ensure there is no lack of services being provided from the Precinct 1 office
- continue to help the county grow and remain financially conservative
- have a commissioner who thinks outside the box to help save tax dollars.
- continue to improve the roads and bridges of Precinct 1
- ensure the cities in Precinct 1 are represented
- help the constituents of Precinct 1 by looking into their issues that fall under the commissioner’s responsibilities
- have an accessible County Commissioner
- continue to help create efficiency and transparency in our local government
- show what public service is and instill these values into my children
My heart is with the future of my children and YOURS! As our community continues to grow I want it to prosper and be a great place to live, work and raise a family.