Baldus to run for commissioner
Published 7:44 am Thursday, May 24, 2018
Jeff Baldus, longtime business owner and manager, lifelong resident and current executive drector of the Austin Area Foundation, filed his candidacy for the Fourth District County Commissioner seat on Wednesday.
“I have a passion for the good of this community and county,” said Baldus. “I love it here and want to do my part in helping to make it an even better place for all residents. I believe the experience I have gained in business and as an active community volunteer will serve me and our county well.”
The Fourth District seat is held by Tony Bennett, who also filed for election.
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Baldus worked in restaurant management for 33 years and was the owner/operator of Austin Culver’s Restaurant until he sold that business in June 2009. He was named the first executive director of the Austin Area Foundation in March 2014, leading an organization that is devoted to making a lasting impact through the support of various community organizations and projects. Prior to joining the foundation, Baldus was employed by the Austin Area Chamber of Commerce, supporting Ambassador activities, membership and the 4th of July Freedom Fest.
Baldus has served a variety of organizations over the years. He is a past president of the Austin Area Chamber of Commerce and Festival Director for Freedom Fest. He continues to serve on the board of directors for KSMQ Public Television, Mower County Health Services advisory board, Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau board, Austin ArtWorks steering committee, Paint the Town Pink steering committee and as a board member for The Hormel Foundation.
Jeff lives in Southeast Austin with his wife Kris. They have two adult children.
Filings for city and county offices close on June 5.