Today Mickey Barker proudly announces his candidacy in the Republican Primary Election for the position of Commissioner of Precinct 1 in Hopkins County. Mickey has had the privilege of being active in various civic, business and community affairs in Hopkins County in the 38 years he has called this county home. After a successful thirty-six year construction management career with Verizon, now is the time to give back to the citizens of Hopkins County that have provided him so many wonderful opportunities.During his time working with Verizon, Mickey was responsible for all construction projects in the East and North East Texas area which included seventy-eight telephone exchanges.
Building productive relationships with city, county and state officials was a necessity when completing communications and infrastructure projects within and across multiple jurisdictions throughout the region.Mickey and his wife, Susie Connally Barker, have lived on County Road 1107 for thirteen years and are the owners of Flowerland Florist and Gifts in downtown Sulphur Springs. Mickey and Susie have been married for twenty-nine years and together they have raised two sons; Daniel Gene DeWitt (deceased) and Bradley Barker who now resides in Dallas with their beautiful granddaughter. Civic involvement has been a highlight of Mickey’s life in Hopkins County as he formally served as President of the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce, member of the Sulphur Springs Planning and Zoning Board, member of Sulphur Springs Crime Stoppers Board, member of the Hopkins County Civic Center Rodeo Committee, member of the United Way Board of Hopkins County and a member of Kiwanis Club. Mickey is a 1993 graduate of Leadership Sulphur Springs and he currently serves on the Brashear Water Supply Corporation Board.“I believe my extensive construction management experience, ongoing civic involvement and true-to-my-roots conservative values will be a great asset to Hopkins County and the citizens of Precinct 1. We are very blessed to live in an area with an abundance of natural resources. Hopkins County will continue to experience growth and it is the responsibility of all of us citizens to ensure that growth is welcomed in a community-oriented and fiscally responsible way in order to preserve our history, our culture and our future.” ”Let’s all work together for a better Hopkins County”