Balch newest commissioner
The vacancy was created by the sudden resignation of Commissioner George Tomek two days previously.
Tomek said he was stepping down to accept a business opportunity. Tomek had been re-elected in 2012.
VOTES—Balch was Tomek’s opponent in the 2012 Republican Primary. Tomek won that race by 23 votes, 523 to 500.
Balch actually carried the large Cameron box in that election, polling 409 votes to 377 for Tomek.
Tomek carried the day by taking the precinct’s Buckholts box 146 to 91.
In November, Tomek defeated Democrat Ricky McCall 1,512 to 479.
Barkemeyer cited the primary election as a factor in appointing Balch to the vacancy.
“He had significant support in that narrow defeat in the last primary election,” Barkemeyer said.
“In my opinion, his background in operating a successful business for almost 30 years should serve him well in the commissioner job,” Barkemeyer said.
“In addition, he is an experienced soils and materials analyst, having worked for the highway department and other enterprises,” Barkemeyer said. “He is knowledgeable in equipment, an experienced welder and did cont ract work for Alcoa for over 20 years.”
Balch is 65 and is a 1966 graduate of Rockdale High School.
He is also a graduate of Texas State Technical Institute in Waco where he studied diesel mechanics and welding.
Balch and wife, Kathy, have two children, both in education careers.
Eric Balch is a teacher and coach at Waco La Vega and Wendy Mahan is principal of Cameron Elementary School.