Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

March 14, 2013

A younger voice in council race

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — In a kind of race for the ages Zac Brumley sees himself as the one who can offer fresh new ideas for the Pauls Valley City Council.

Brumley, a 31-year-old who grew up in PV and attended nearby Whitebead School before graduating high school here, is making a run for a seat on the council.

He is going against a couple of older opponents, incumbent Hal Blevins and fellow challenger Jeff Paine, during an election set for April 2.

“I’ve never served on a council or anything like that, and I’m fairly new to the toy museum board,” Brumley said.

“I do have a lot to learn, but I think the council would welcome a younger member,” he said. “And I think I might be more approachable for the young people in town.”

Brumley is very familiar with Pauls Valley having seen it from every stage of his youth.

After wrapping up his school days as a PV grad, he graduated from East Central University in Ada in 2007.

A year later he married Amber. Together they opened up their own business, Amber’s Shop, in 2009 at a site on South Walnut.

The very next year they bought the Your Framer business and combined the two businesses into one.

They later moved the Your Framer business to a downtown site at the local intersection of Chickasaw and McClure streets.

“We look at it as a three-sided business,” Brumley said. “One side is coffee and beverages, one side is framing and one side is big on retail gifts and such.”

Along with his business experience, Brumley also plays bass guitar in a band that’s performed at a number of community events in PV over the years.

He says the idea of running for city council never really entered the picture for him; at least until others suggested he might be a good fit there.

“I’m not a political person, but I think that’s a good thing,” he said.

“Over the last few weeks leading up to the deadline to file I had several people suggest to me that I would be a good person to run.”

Initially the answer was no, but he changed his mind as the filing period approached last month.

“We need to move forward with things that benefit us down the road,” Brumley said. “We need more industry for jobs that would make people want to live here.

“Win or lose I want to let the entire community know we’re serious about staying here in Pauls Valley; that we’re concerned in keeping this a great place to live and to raise a family.”

Another vision for Brumley is to see PV become even more progressive than it already is.

He believes things like the local water park now under construction and the plan to establish a recycling center are a couple of examples of how the community is moving in a more progressive way.

“I would also like to see us be the kind of community that attracts more artists here and brings more culture,” he said, referring to something that would add to all the things already here.

“Pauls Valley already has a lot of talented artists in various forms of art.”