Marvin Dodson is running for the District 3 seat for the Butler County Commission.

Dodson, 62, who currently resides in Towanda, was born and raised in El Dorado.


Marvin Dodson is running for the District 3 seat for the Butler County Commission.
Dodson, 62, who currently resides in Towanda, was born and raised in El Dorado.

He and his wife Brenda, to whom he has been married 35 years, have three
children, Sean, Kari and Alan. Dodson graduated from El Dorado High School, Butler Community College and Pittsburg State University, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He is the director of facilities management at Butler Community College, where he has worked for 24 years.

Dodson has served on the USD 375 Board of Education for six years, currently serving as president, and has been on the Towanda Recreation Board for eight years. He also is a U.S. Navy veteran. He has spent 19 years in facilities/maintenance management and 16 years in educational program design and instruction.

In the community, he is a past president of Leadership Butler Executive Council, coached youth baseball and basketball and American Legion baseball, and has been involved in Scouting for many years, serving as a past Scoutmaster.

He describes himself as dependable, willing to work hard to understand the issues and self-motivated. He also has experience in development of budgets and planning and organizing projects.  He also said he has outstanding communication skills, patience, is personable and receptive.

His key issues in this race include the budget.

“It is important to develop priorities during the budgeting process to determine which items can be funded and those that have to be deferred,” he said. “Priorities have to be identified to maintain an adequate balance between expenditures and revenues. This will become more critical as energy costs and other consumable prices continue to escalate.”

Another issue for him is the Regional Economic Area Partnership (REAP).

“The current commission has had the foresight to participate in the economic development of Butler County and the region,” he said. “It is paramount that this endeavor continue so as to afford the citizens of Butler County continued job opportunities and specialized training availability.”

His third issue is the wholesale water district.

“Water will soon become one of our most precious resources,” Dodson said. “Now is the time to continue to develop and implement plans to sustain adequate and affordable water supplies and infrastructure to as many communities in Butler County as possible. This is a key issue to the economic development for Butler County.”