Baker said he is not at all daunted by the new potential challenge of serving on a hospital board for the first time.
“I realize it’s going to be a lot of work and there’s going to be a lot of learning to do, but I’m willing to put forth the time and the effort to do what needs to be done,” he said.
James “J.C.” Colton is the incumbent candidate in the election, looking to hold his Place 2 spot on the PPGH board that he has held for the past 14 years.
Colton’s family’s roots run deep in Mineral Wells and many of them have spent years serving the community in the public sector. His wife, Margaret, served as a council member at-large and mayor pro-tem on the Mineral Wells City Council for 10 years. His father-in-law, William Hill, served in the 1950’s on a committee that helped re-write the city charter that determined how Mineral Wells would use a city-manager form of government.
“We’ve always had a strong sense of public service in my family,” he said. “That’s something that we feel very strongly: you have an obligation to give back. It has been an enjoyable 14 years. I’ve enjoyed my service on the board and would like to continue it, if the voters see fit.”
If awarded another term, Colton told the Index his first priority would be helping PPGH implement the new and controversial Affordable Care Act.
“That’s going to be the first big challenge,” he said. “Every day that goes by, we learn some new aspect about how those rules are going to be implemented. There’s still many questions yet to be answered about how we will work with that.”