Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 29, 2006


for seat on commission

By Regina Grayson

Howard Cook, a lifelong resident of Crenshaw County, has announced his candidacy for county commissioner of District One.

Cook has served two previous terms as county commissioner, with one term from 1994 to 1998, and the second term during 1998 until 2002.

&#8220I believe that with my past experience as county commissioner, this will help me even more in serving the people of Crenshaw County,” Cook said.

During his eight years as a commissioner, Cook said that he helped to see the fruition of the new county jail and a new county shop.

&#8220I was also instrumental in helping to gain the First-Step building and the Helicon Community Center,” he said. &#8220During my past terms, I helped to upgrade the county's road equipment to some of the best Crenshaw County has ever had.”

Cook, who served four years in the U.S. Air Force and is a Korean veteran, said that he wants to be a part of bringing new industry to Crenshaw County. In order to get to these new jobs, Cook said that providing better roads for people to travel on would be a top priority with him serving as county commissioner.

Cook was employed for 30 years with Transus Freight Line until he retired. He graduated from Highland Home High School, attended Alabama Christian College, and is presently a member of the Luverne Masonic Lodge #630. He is married to Vera (Bea) Cook.

&#8220Since I am retired, I feel that I have the time necessary to devote to this job, to give it the service that it needs and deserves,” Cook said. &#8220This means that I will be available to the public at all times, not just during certain hours.”

&#8220I appreciate and want to thank the people who supported me when I was a commissioner before, and I ask everyone now for their continued support,” he said.