Hello, my name is Jay Odom. My wife, Mary Touchstone Odom, and I both graduated from West Orange High School in 1973. Unfortunately, our careers took us out of the area. After retirement, we moved to Brookeland, TX in Rayburn County. In December 2018 we moved back “home” to West Orange.  

My biggest desire is to give back to the community of West Orange where we were both raised. In retirement, I find myself with the available time it takes to be an Alderman on the West Orange City Council, so I have decided to run for that position. I look forward to the opportunity to serve our great community in that capacity. 

Some people might think serving on the City council means showing up for a monthly meeting. In reality, though, it takes a lot more time and dedication than just that duty. During the past year, I have served on several city ordinance committees and am currently working on a plan to renovate our two city parks, which includes upgrades to the playground equipment and little league baseball park. I was recently assigned the task of securing bids for replacing rusted fencing at our park on Burnett Street while at a Parks and Rec meeting. 

These activities and many more will continue when I’m elected.

In the past, I served as the Deeds and Restrictions Chairman in the Pinehurst Homeowners Association in Baytown, TX. While serving as the Deeds and Restrictions Chairman I worked diligently to protect the value of our neighborhood and the rights of the individual homeowner.

While living in Brookeland, I served on the HOA Board of Directors for Rayburn County. I volunteered my time within that organization because I felt it very important that our HOA provides the best lifestyle for its residents, while also protecting the value of our homes in Rayburn Country. 

It is my desire to work with the City Council, the Mayor, and the residents of West Orange to define specific goals that will ensure the safety and welfare of our neighborhoods, and also the families that reside in West Orange, TX. As an example, three years ago I started a Facebook page ‘West Orange Texas Chat’ to help residents of our community see and understand what is happening within our City.

 The City of West Orange leadership needs to be more transparent, and this community FB page is a good start. Further, I will ask for the Mayor, City Department Managers, Chief of Police and Fire Chief or his designate to give a monthly report as to what they and their departments are doing for the city. 

This is transparency. 

I will assist our City employees and elected leaders by interfacing with other local leaders and officials ensuring we all achieve our goal of making West Orange a better place to live, and to own property and businesses.

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE

 

Current Alternate Judge for primary and general elections, Republican Party

Volunteer Boat Driver for Shangri La in Orange

Member Wesley United Methodist Church, Orange

Volunteer for the Annual Orange County Trash-Off

Past Secretary West Orange Lions Club

Past member of West Orange Volunteer Fire Department

Associate Degree in Occupational Safety & Health, Lamar University

Emergency Response, Gulf/Chevron Chemical

Mission Trips with my church for the 24 years

Deeds and Restrictions Chairman, Pinehurst HOA, Baytown, TX

Board of Directors Rayburn Country HOA

Past Trustee Lake Rayburn United Methodist Church, Brookeland, TX

 

Please vote for Jay Odom, place 2 on the ballot.

Early Voting: April 25th – May 3rd

Election Day: May 7, 2022

Michael Cole
Author: Michael Cole