David K. “Kirk” Chastain is a lifelong resident of Brown County. He graduated from Brownwood High School and was an all-state selection on the ’78 state championship team. He attended Howard Payne University on a full athletic scholarship and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Following graduation, he had coaching and teaching stints in Temple, Santa Anna, Early and Brownwood. During his time in education, he started investing in real estate and acquired several properties. He managed and maintained those properties while still performing his duties in education. After 36 years in the education business, he will be retiring in May to begin a new chapter.
While at Howard Payne, he met his wife Genetha and they married in 1988. Genetha is a licensed attorney and has been practicing law for over 20 years. She currently serves as the assistant county attorney for Brown County. They have three children, Katie, Luke, and Jake Kittrell. Katie is a paramedic, Luke is an Orthodontist, and Jake is a fireman.
“I have dealt with budgets and budget constraints my entire career and believe that I can bring experience and knowledge to the office of commissioner. It is my belief that the commissioners office should be good stewards of the tax payers money and that I can serve the county and the people of Brown County with honesty and trustworthiness. ” Kirk Chastain
BrownwoodNews.com sent five questions via email to all of the candidates running for office in Brown County during the March 2024 Republican Primary. The following are the answers submitted by Kirk Chastain:
How long have you been a part of the Brown County community? – To what extent have you been a part of local government?
Kirk Chastain has been active in Brown County all his life, graduating from Brownwood High School and Howard Payne University. As far as his involvement within the community, Chastain has been coaching and teaching for over 30 years in Brown County.
What is your vision for the future of Brown County? – What changes would you advocate for and why?
Chastain’s vision for the future of the county is to continue its growth and revitalization. When speaking of increasing a police presence in the rural portions of the community and surrounding areas, he believes this is one way to instill change. Chastain also believes it would be important to search for an avenue to fund additional personnel in that regard.
Regarding your prospective position, what do you consider your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
Beginning with his strengths, Chastain says he possesses general knowledge of budgeting and financing which goes hand in hand with his ambition to fund additional personnel. As for his weaknesses, Chastain said though it won’t take long to learn the exact process for the position of County Commissioner, he believes not yet knowing such information may be considered his weakness.
What do you consider the biggest challenge of the position you are running for? – What areas need improvement and why?
Maintaining a good condition for the county roads, “seems the biggest challenge and the area that needs improving”, said Chastain.
What has been your greatest accomplishment in your career? – In your personal life?
Within his career, Chastain stated that his greatest accomplishment has been “to influence and mold young people into being upstanding and respectful citizens.” Moving onto a reflection of his personal life, Chastain believes his greatest accomplishment has been his personal walk with Jesus Christ and coming to understand that the Lord is guiding him in all that he does.