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Houck announces candidacy for city council seat

Larry Houck announced his candidacy for the District 4 seat of the Atmore City Council on Monday.

Houck was born in Atmore, and grew up around the country and the world.

His father was career Army, and his family roots run deep in the Atmore/Bratt, Fla. area, back several generations.

Houck graduated from Escambia County High School in 1969, and was voted as having the “Most School Spirit” that year.

“I still have that love for our high school,” Houck said.

Houck attended the University of Alabama and Troy University, and graduated with degrees in business management, resources management, military science and graduate studies in international relations.

Houck is a graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College, the Combined Arms and Staff Services School and the Senior Logistics School. He served as a draftee, company commander, battalion commander, embedded training team leader and senior staff member, retiring in 2011 at the rank of lieutenant colonel.

In his civilian life, Houck served as a bagger, paper delivery, shelve stocker, store manager, supervisor, retail operations manager and retired as a general manger.

Houck met and married Betty Porter in 1973, and they have two children, with two marvelous grandchildren.

Houck and Betty are members of the First Presbyterian Church of Atmore, where he currently serves as an elder.

He is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

“It is time for me to bring my experience, education and leadership experience to the Atmore City Council,” he said. “I will represent the citizens of District 4 with open dialogue, honesty and integrity. I look forward to serving the district.”