GALVESTON - With city elections still eight months away, at least one candidate is has picked his target and announced his intention to take over the job as Mayor of Galveston. If he does, that would make incumbent Mayor Lewis Rosen the first one-term Galveston Mayor in some years.
Although a Democrate, it matters not, for city council and mayoral candidates do not run on party tickets. City elections are non-partisan.
Jim Yarborough, who is still addressed as 'Judge' by most, is married to the former Carol Urbani for over 30 years. They have two children: daughter Ashley, her husband Dustin Dusek, and a son Beau, a graduate of the University of Texas, and they are the proud grandparents of Luke Dusek, future graduate of UT Class of 2029!
He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree for the University of Texas in 1977, with majors in finance, accounting and real estate.
James D. Yarbrough served as the Galveston County Judge from 1995 to 2010 and is a native of Galveston and graduate of Ball High School.
He attended the University of Texas at Austin on an athletic scholarship and captained the Longhorn Southwest conference Football Championship team. He was also named to the All-Southwest Conference football team and the first player in the NCAA to play as a graduate student.
Under Judge Yarbrough’s leadership Galveston County adopted a unified County Road System. The County developed partnerships with the National Weather Service, the Texas Department of Public Safety – Division of Emergency Management and the Galveston County Emergency Communication District (911) to bring various agencies under one roof. Even after the devastation of Hurricane Ike the Bond Election in November 2008 to continue to improve roads, facilities and flood control projects passed successfully.
Judge Yarbrough is the recipient of the Boy Scouts of America – Bay Area council Distinguished Citizen Award, College of the Mainland Outstanding Services to Education Award, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership’s QUASAR Award, Communities In Schools Starlight Award, State Friend of Extension Services, Prevent Blindness – Person of Vision, Charles A. Jacobson Award – Bay Area Transportation Partnership and the Galveston County Daily News Citizen of the Year.