Shuffield issues candidate’s statement

Shuffield Shuffield Donald “Duck” Shuffield has filed as a write-in candidate for the vacant West Ward seat of the Rockdale City Council.

He has been very involved in the local, state and national political scenes, serving as a delegate to the Democratic conventions at each level. He was a delegate to the National Democratic Conventions in New York City in 1992 and Chicago in 1996.

Shuffield was raised in Milam County and has been a Rockdale resident for the past 43 years. He graduated from C.H. Yoe High School in Cameron in 1955.

He began employment at Rockdale’s Alcoa Works in 1967, working there for 32 years until his retirement in 1999. He served in various capacities including his work in the Engineering and Maintenance Department for 23 years until his retirement.

During this period he acquired and operated under certifications in Water and Waste Water Management, Environmental Controls, Industrial Boilers & Air Compressors and Water and Energy Management through the Texas Engineering Extension Service of The Texas A&M University System, Texas State Technical Institute, Texas Water Commission and the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission.

Shuffield also holds a Pesticide Applicator License from the Texas Agricultural Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System. He worked as a blacksmith and a Class A brick mason at Alcoa, as well. He served on Alcoa’s Fire Brigade for 23 years.

Shuffield was active in the ILA (International Longshoreman’s Association). He was active in the United Steel Workers of America Local 4895 in Rockdale, joining in 1967. He served as a trustee, steward and PAC (Political Action Committee) Chairman, travelling nationwide on USWA business.

Shuffield received an Honorable Discharge from the Texas National Guard with which he served for a period of nine years, 1954–1963 in both the 49th Armored Division and the 36th Infantry Division. He rose to the rank of Sergeant, E-5, and was tank commander in the medium tank battalion.

Shuffield received his EA Degree in the Masonic Lodge in 1959 and was raised to Master in 1960. In 1971 he received the 32nd Degree in the Scottish Rites.

He currently is a local business owner and rancher. Shuffield operates “Duck’s Backstage Music” in Rockdale. He is also a member of the Rockdale Federal Credit Union.

He resides in Rockdale with his wife, LaWanda, and has two sons, both graduates of Rockdale High School. His older son, Donald “Doc” Shuffield, lives in Rockdale with his wife, Michelle, and daughter, Peyton. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and did Masters’ degree work at The University of Texas at Austin and currently works as a licensed administrator in Adoption and Foster Care.

His younger son, Harold “Buddy” Shuffield, lives in Cameron with his wife Vickie. Buddy has a daughter, Amanda Tyson, who lives in rural Milam County with her husband and four sons. He has worked as a manager in the automotive aftermarket business since high school.

Shuffield and his family are Baptists.

Shuffield is very involved in charitable activities in Rockdale, and surrounding communities. He is well known in the area as a singer and guitar/fiddle player and travels to various nursing homes to play and sing for the residents and shut-ins. He also is a regular performer at the Thorndale Country and Gospel Jamboree and appears as a musical guest at other jamborees and music festivals across Texas.

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