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Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2019 2:23 pm

Gary Cochrane recently announced his intent to run for the Place 1 seat on the Kerrville City Council in the May 2019 municipal elections.

“After considering running for several elections in the past, I have decided the time is right for me to step into the arena,” Cochrane said.  “I feel that with my past experience, my lifelong love of Kerrville and the support of my family and friends, I am ready to take on the challenge of helping Kerrville continue to move in a positive direction.”

Cochrane was born and raised in Kerrville, attended Tivy and Starkey Elementary School, graduated from Tivy High School and obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas.

He returned to Kerrville and worked with his father, Earl Cochrane, in the insurance business, and has been here ever since.

“I have watched Kerrville grow over the years and am excited about the possibility of being a part of that continued process,” Cochrane said.

Currently, Gary Cochrane is a real estate broker with RE/MAX Kerrville and continues to be a part of the Kerrville business scene.

“I’ve got a pretty good taste of the budgeting, the planning, what it takes to move the city forward,” he said. “I’ve met a lot of people who have relocated, and heard a lot of what their concerns are and what draws them to Kerrville.”

Cochrane spent five years on the Kerrville Economic Improvement Corporation, serving as chairman for his last term.

He has served on the Kerrville Board of Realtors both as a committee chairman and as president. He also has participated in the Hill Country Walk to Emmaus and is a past president of Habitat for Humanity.

Cochrane and his wife, Vickie Cochrane, have two children: Travis and Samantha, also raised in Kerrville.

“I don’t have a specific agenda, but I’m trying to push forward,” Cochrane said.”I just really want to represent Kerrville and see it continue and do what’s best for the community.”

This is his first time running for the Kerrville City Council.

The Place 1 seat is currently held by Councilman Vincent Voelkel.

The first day to file for the Kerrville City Council election is Jan. 16 and the last day is Feb. 15.

The election will take place on May 4.

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