Sheila McNeil isn't afraid of Tommy Adkisson

As you'll recall from this week's QueQue, Precinct 4 County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson is a pugilistic campaigner -- even when the election contest isn't yet officially on.

But McNeil, who is overseeing the new Gervin Academy for dropouts who want a real diploma instead of a GED (it's a very interesting model; more on that soon), said she is definitely considering a run for Adkisson's seat and will make the call soon.

"I'm in the valley of decision," she said. She suggested she might be "enjoying private life too much to go back," but there are a few agendas she's interested in pushing at the County level, starting with BRAC, the expansion of Ft. Sam Houston. "If anybody benefits from BRAC, `the Eastside` should benefit first."

McNeil demurred on the rumor that she might be a candidate for the Justice of the Peace seat being vacated by Judge Linda Penn without closing the door entirely. "I think they're looking for a J.D." she said (you don't have to be a lawyer to be a JP), although she noted that "`Judge Penn` does truancy and I'm over here working with dropouts."

But, she said, Judge Penn, who's an old childhood friend, hasn't asked her about it, and "I'm not considering that."

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