Russ Boles and his wife, Kathy, own and operate a thriving event center on the banks of Brushy Creek—the very same creek side where they said their marriage vows 15 years ago. Russ is also a commercial broker who has located countless businesses and new jobs in Williamson County, and was appointed by Governor Abbott to oversee one of the state’s largest river authorities. Russ would be the first person to tell you that he is blessed beyond measure, with homegrown family businesses, a loving wife and two daughters, and a community he loves to call home.
But things didn’t come easy for Russ. As a boy, he was diagnosed with dyslexia and dysgraphia. While reading and writing came easy to most kids, Russ had to work twice as hard and twice as long. But from those hardships, Russ developed a stubborn perseverance to always keep trying and never quit.
After graduating from Round Rock High School, Russ attended college at Texas State University, graduating with a degree in business. Despite his diagnoses, he worked hard and earned admittance to St. Mary’s University School of Law, graduated with his law degree, and was admitted to the State Bar.
Upon returning home, Russ began to volunteer with the Williamson County Literacy Council, where he taught jail inmates how to read. Because reading was so difficult for him, Russ was able to use his own life as a testimony to the kind of strong character that comes from hard work and determination. Russ was appointed by then-Judge John Carter as an advocate in courts of law for battered women, abused and neglected children, and the elderly.
Russ built his life on this strong foundation of hard work and service, beginning every morning with a prayer of thanksgiving to God for his many blessings in life. In this spirit of thanksgiving, Russ gives back to his community. Russ co-founded the Relay for Life in Round Rock, which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society. He serves on the Board of Directors for the YMCAs of both Round Rock and Hutto, and co-chaired The Giving Circle to raise money for Williamson County service organizations.
He has shown the same dedication in supporting conservative values in government. Russ was elected to the Executive Committee of the Williamson County Republican Party, and served as the party’s Finance Chairman. He was also twice selected as a Convention Delegate for the Republican Party of Texas.
Russ’s record of community leadership earned the trust of Governor Greg Abbott, who appointed him as a Director of the Brazos River Authority, a $68 million public entity that is charged with the great responsibility of managing water and wastewater throughout our region. Under Russ's oversight, the Authority has consistently delivered some of the most affordable water rates in Texas, while also preparing to meet the future water needs of our growing state.
Russ’s background of service also includes the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce, where he mentors young professionals, and he is a student mentor for Round Rock ISD. Russ was appointed to represent our area at the Capital Area Council of Governments, and served on the Planning and Zoning Commission and Charter Review Committee.
Russ is now running for Williamson County Commissioner, to put his spirit of service, devotion to conservative values, and experience in the community to work for our families. Russ is ready to roll up his sleeves and tackle issues that matter—tax relief for homeowners, better roads, high-paying local jobs, top-notch public safety, and preserving a high quality of life—so future generations that call Williamson County home can enjoy a wealth of opportunity and wholesome community life.