Thank you, Mart citizens for electing SOC candidates Haley Pankonien, John Garrett, and Tommy Roberson to the Mart City Council and Len Williams as mayor.
Tommy Roberson (far left) is a former Mart High head football coach. He went 22-4 his final two years at the Panther helm before closing out his career at Cleveland and Gatesville high schools. Roberson's wife, Trish, is retired from Mart ISD and is a former secretary for the First Methodist Church of Mart. The Robersons have two sons, Jonathan who competed as a decathlete at Stephen F. Austin University, and Will Dickson, whom they took into their home during a teaching and coaching stint at Dawson. Will and wife Victoria reside in Corsicana with their daughter, Kyndall Joann. Tommy proudly presides over the newly re-chartered Mart Lions Club as Club President. He has been on the Mart City Council since May 2013, when SOC endorsed candidates first swept the existing city council and took 4 of the 5 council seats and the mayoral seat. Tommy spearheaded the city's sale of it's portion of Battle Lake Golf Course, which brought $225,000 to the city. He has also been instrumental in the sale of additional city properties, such as the Battle Lake campsite properties, which resulted in nearly $30,000 to the city. Not only that, but he was able to complete the deal without the current residents losing their homes, which he later said was the greater accomplishment. Tommy was re-elected to the council in May 2019 to a 2 year term.
For 37 years, John Garrett has been one of the most recognizable and friendly faces in Mart, Texas. Born and raised in Mart, John is a mainstay in the community. As a youngster, he excelled in athletics from little league baseball to captaining the 1999 Mart Panther state championship team, when he was selected as both an all-state running back and linebacker. John committed to Baylor University. He would go on to start all 4 years at linebacker and earned a Bachelor of Education degree. He then played professional football in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens and the Green Bay Packers. John ended his football career in NFL Europe, playing for the Amsterdam Admirals, where he won a 2005 World Bowl Championship. Today, John owns and operates his lawn care business “Big Tank’s Grass Service” located in Mart. He is a proud member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church of Mart. John spends much of his time raising his 12-year-old daughter, Triniti and hanging out with his extended family. John was re-elected to the City Council in May 2019 to a 2 year term.
Haley Pankonien has long been known as a quick study. She proved it as a top student at Mart High more than a decade ago, then as an undergrad at Baylor University and graduate student at Texas Woman's University in the Metroplex. Same with her most recent assignment as a member of the Mart City Council, a position to which she was appointed in the summer of 2018. In her short time on the Council, she has striven to be a consensus-builder and problem-solver. Within the Council itself, Haley has emerged as a member her colleagues regularly tap for new insights and to engage in community outreach. Haley is part of the recent wave of college-educated Mart natives who have returned to their home town and signed up for public service. A 2008 Mart High grad, Haley earned a bachelor's degree from Baylor in Communication Sciences and Disorders. After entering the workforce she continued her education at TWU, completing work two years ago on a master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Mart, though, was never far from the thoughts of both Haley and her husband, Jared, also an MHS alum. “I had the privilege," Haley stresses, "of growing up in Mart." Her parents, Rick and Tammy Adair, have lived here for nearly 40 years and set a lasting example of the importance of community volunteerism for Haley and her siblings. "Moving back to our home town has allowed us to reconnect with old friends, be closer to our family, and become more engaged with the people we love most," Haley says. The couple has three children, Wyatt (8), Waylon (5), and Wrenley (four months). “Since moving back to Mart," says Haley, "Jared and I have both made an effort to be active in our community. We enjoy participating in activities with our kids such as Little League baseball and events at our church."
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