Hays County Election News

Election Digest: Lawyer edges out associate judge in 459th court race

Election Digest: Lawyer edges out associate judge in 459th court race

TRAVIS COUNTY Attorney wins Travis County Democratic 459th court primary Maya Guerra Gamble has won the Democratic nomination for Travis County’s new 459th Civil District Court. In a close race, Guerra Gamble earned 25,122 votes, 51 percent, to Aurora Martinez Jones’ 23,962 votes. Turnout in Travis County for the primary runoffs was just 8.5 percent, compared with 21 percent in March for...
John Burns wins race for Hays County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4

John Burns wins race for Hays County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4

John Burns has won the Republican nomination for Hays County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, according to unofficial final results posted Tuesday night. Burns won with 1,102 votes, nearly 66 percent, to Robert Avera’s 570. The pair were running to replace retiring justice of the peace Terry Kyle; a Democratic candidate did not run for that party’s nomination. Just 9,307 voters, 3.79...
A roundup of Central Texas May 5 election results

A roundup of Central Texas May 5 election results

TRAVIS COUNTY LAKE TRAVIS SCHOOLS Incumbent, two newcomers win school board races Lake Travis school board incumbent Guy C. Clayton will keep his Place 1 seat, and two newcomers will join him on the board after winning elections Saturday. Clayton garnered 2,687 votes, 75 percent of the ballots cast in his race against David Lovelace. Nine candidates ran for two open seats on the board. Lauren White...
Voters narrowly approve $132 million bond for Dripping Springs schools

Voters narrowly approve $132 million bond for Dripping Springs schools

A $132 million school bond package placed on the ballot by Dripping Springs trustees passed by just 31 votes in a narrow election. Voters cast 1,662 votes, or 50.5 percent, in favor of the bond, and cast 1,631 votes, or 49.5 percent, against according to unofficial results tallied Saturday night. In the school board races, three incumbents, Carrie Fontana Kroll, Mary Jane Hetrick and Shannon O&rsquo...
Incumbents Halsey, McGlothlin retain seats on San Marcos school board

Incumbents Halsey, McGlothlin retain seats on San Marcos school board

Incumbent candidates Anne Halsey and John McGlothlin won the two at-large positions on the San Marcos consolidated school district board Saturday night, based on unofficial final election results. RELATED: Additional election coverage Incumbent Halsey earned 1,067 votes (47.2 percent), and McGlothlin received 968 votes (42.8 percent). James McCutcheon trailed, receiving only 10.1 percent of the vote...
Wimberley elections: Jaggers defeats Thurber in race for mayor

Wimberley elections: Jaggers defeats Thurber in race for mayor

Newcomer Susan Jaggers will be Wimberley’s next mayor after defeating City Council member and former mayor Steve Thurber by 30 votes, according to unofficial final results released Saturday night by the city. Jaggers won with 51 percent of the vote, tallying 544 votes. Thurber, who has held his Place 1 council seat since 2017 and served as mayor from 2014 to 2016, had 46 percent of the vote...
Wimberley elections: Voters approve $45.5M school district bond

Wimberley elections: Voters approve $45.5M school district bond

Voters approved a $45.5 million bond proposition to expand and improve Wimberley school district facilities, according to unofficial final results released Saturday night. Sixty seven percent, or 1,689 voters, were in favor of the bond, and 33 percent (831) were against. Among the projects the bond will finance are the construction of a new primary school and a district agricultural barn as well as...
Hays elections: McManus, Sánchez win races for Hays school board seats

Hays elections: McManus, Sánchez win races for Hays school board seats

Unofficial election night results showed Will McManus, 48, vice president of Dynamic Systems, Inc., clinching the at-large trustee seat for the Hays school district on Saturday, winning 58.2 percent of the vote. Michelle Cohen, a systems analyst with the state comptroller’s office, earned 288 votes or 22.3 percent of the vote, and Susan Gray, a former special education teacher and director,...
Dripping Springs ISD $132 million bond narrowly passes, incumbents win

Dripping Springs ISD $132 million bond narrowly passes, incumbents win

9:35 p.m. update: The Dripping Springs $132 million school bond package narrowly was approved, passing with 31 votes. Voters cast 1,662 votes, or 50.5 percent, in favor of the bond, and 1,631 votes, or 49.5 percent, were cast against. All three incumbents, Carrie Fontana Kroll, Mary Jane Hetrick and Shannon O’Connor, secured their at-large seats. Kroll received 1,652 votes, or 25 percent; Hetrick...
Hays school board draws six candidates for two seats

Hays school board draws six candidates for two seats

Seven candidates, including one incumbent, are vying for two Hays school district board seats. The at-large seat, being vacated by Trustee Holly Raymond, drew three candidates. Incumbent Bert A. Bronaugh Jr. is being challenged by three candidates for the District 3 seat, which represents the northeastern part of the school district. While grappling with its increasing student population, the 19,860-student...
Five candidates vie for three Dripping Springs school board seats

Five candidates vie for three Dripping Springs school board seats

The Dripping Springs school board election has drawn five candidates, including three incumbents, for three seats. The two candidates challenging the incumbents do not support a $132 million bond package that is also on the ballot in the May 5 election. The bond would pay for two schools, improvements and relocating the administration building. Trustees are elected at-large in the 6,464-student district...
Three candidates running for two San Marcos school board seats

Three candidates running for two San Marcos school board seats

Three candidates are in the running for two open positions on the San Marcos CISD Board of Trustees. Incumbents Anne Halsey and school board vice president John McGlothlin are running for two at-large seats in the May 5 election, as is challenger James McCutcheon. Halsey, who is the mother of three children in the San Marcos district, said the school board needs a parent’s perspective, and that...
5 things you need to know about early voting before the May 5 election

5 things you need to know about early voting before the May 5 election

Early voting started this week and ends Tuesday before the May 5 election day. Here’s what you need to know: 1. What’s on the ballot? Races in Central Texas cover the spectrum of city council, school district and city proposition elections. The cities of Bee Cave, Cedar Park, Lakeway, Leander, Liberty Hill and Wimberley are all electing a mayor and council members. Round Rock residents...
Ruben Becerra to face Will Conley in race for Hays County judge

Ruben Becerra to face Will Conley in race for Hays County judge

Small business owner Ruben Becerra will move on to face Republican Will Conley in the race for Hays County Judge, according to unofficial voting results. Becerra, a Democrat, ended the night with 69 percent of the vote, or 6,833 votes, over his challenger, retired Hays County employee Abel Velasquez, who had 31 percent of the vote, or 3,129 votes. “I feel so happy about it,” Becerra said...
Hays judge loses seat after DWI; runoff for Dripping Springs JP

Hays judge loses seat after DWI; runoff for Dripping Springs JP

One Hays County courtroom judge lost his seat Tuesday in his first race since a drunken driving conviction, while another retained his against a challenger linked to controversial national activist James O’Keefe. Court-at-Law Judge David Glickler lost his re-election bid to Assistant District Attorney Chris Johnson, who clinched 60 percent of the vote in the Republican primary. Johnson campaigned...
UPDATE: Several Travis Co. polling places have wait times of at least 20 minutes

UPDATE: Several Travis Co. polling places have wait times of at least 20 minutes

1:55 p.m. update: At least six polling places in Travis County have voters standing in line for 20 minutes or more, according to a county website tracking wait times. The real-time tracker shows wait times of 20 minutes or more at: Travis County tax offices, 15822 Foothill Farms Loop in Pflugerville, which has 10 voting booths. Travis County offices at 5501 Airport Blvd. in Central Austin...
Early voting starts Tuesday. Here’s what you need to know.

Early voting starts Tuesday. Here’s what you need to know.

Early voting starts today for the Democratic and Republican party primaries. Here are five things to know before you go to the polls: 1. Your vote matters. Both parties are picking their contenders for a half-dozen congressional seats in Central Texas, as well as governor, lieutenant governor, state legislative seats, judicial posts and county commissioners courts. In many cases, though, the seats...

Growth, property taxes top issues in Hays Commissioners Court races

The makeup of the Hays County Commissioners Court has the potential to see big changes in 2018, with four of five seats up for election. County Judge Bert Cobb, who took a leave of absence last summer to begin treatment for leukemia, is not seeking a third term. Republican Will Conley stepped down as commissioner of Precinct 3 to run for county judge. Conley will face the winner of the Democratic...
Democratic candidates for Hays judge diverge on rail, water

Democratic candidates for Hays judge diverge on rail, water

The two Democratic candidates vying next month to face former Commissioner Will Conley, a Republican, in November to become the next Hays County judge are no strangers to the local election circuit. Abel Velasquez challenged the now-outgoing Judge Bert Cobb in 2014 and lost. Ruben Becerra narrowly lost to San Marcos Mayor John Thomaides by 42 votes in 2016. Now, Democratic voters will decide in the...
Hays Court-at-Law judge faces first reelection challenge since arrest

Hays Court-at-Law judge faces first reelection challenge since arrest

The race for a Hays County Court-at-Law seat revolves around Judge David Glickler’s record: His work since joining the bench in 2015 and his arrest nearly three years ago for drunken driving. “I would encourage voters, if they can, to set aside and forgive the events of May of 2015 and look at my background, my history and my experience,” said Glickler, who is making his first bid...
Four in the running for Dripping Springs area’s justice of the peace

Four in the running for Dripping Springs area’s justice of the peace

A lawyer, a firefighter, a naval commander and an arms salesman walk into a Hays County justice of the peace race. OK, the firefighter and commander are lawyers too, much to the chagrin of the arms salesman, who emphasizes that you don’t need a law degree to be a JP. But it’s anyone’s game as Bill Davis, Robert Avera, John Burns and Jason Carter vie to replace retiring JP 4 Terry...
Two years in, Hays County JP seeks reelection against court clerk

Two years in, Hays County JP seeks reelection against court clerk

When Hays County Justice of the Peace Maggie Hernandez Moreno had her daughter baptized, she thought it would be safe to silence her phone for the short few minutes while she walked to the front of the church for the ritual. It wasn’t. She missed a call for a death inquest. “I underestimated how much that becomes a part of your life, because you’re on call 24/7,” Moreno said...
District Court judge candidate has ties to controversial activist

District Court judge candidate has ties to controversial activist

On the streets of Boston a decade ago, Benjamin Wetmore and James O’Keefe gathered signatures on a petition seeking to find people who would be willing to bring Guantanamo Bay detainees into their homes. It was one of many political stunts the conservative activists performed on hidden camera. The Boston stunt, in which the two pretended to be volunteers for the Love Thy Prisoner Campaign, was...
Eckhardt, Shea draw no challengers as local 2018 races come into focus

Eckhardt, Shea draw no challengers as local 2018 races come into focus

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, Commissioner Brigid Shea and a handful of other county officials essentially clinched new terms this week after no one filed to run against them in the 2018 elections. District Clerk Velva Price, County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir and County Treasurer Dolores Ortega Carter also drew no challengers before the filing deadline passed Monday evening. “It’s been...
Community election news: Lago Vista gets new mayor, 2 council members

Community election news: Lago Vista gets new mayor, 2 council members

TRAVIS COUNTY LAGO VISTA New mayor, council members elected Lago Vista voters ousted two City Council incumbents Tuesday. Retired Coca-Cola sales executive David Williams unseated Council Member Mark Tippetts in Place 1 with 67 percent of the vote. Dick Weatherly, who worked as director of obstetrical anesthesia at a hospital before retiring, defeated Place 5 Council Member Stephanie Smith with 64...
FINAL: Two incumbents put away challengers in San Marcos council races

FINAL: Two incumbents put away challengers in San Marcos council races

The two incumbent members of the San Marcos City Council running for re-election have held on to their seats, according to final results. Place 3 Council Member Ed Mihalkanin ended up with 65 percent of the vote, or 1,437 votes, beating out challenger Amy Stanfield by 675 votes. “Thank you, San Marcos! It is a honor to have your continued support,” Mihalkanin wrote on his Facebook page...
Buda voters reject fluoride, select two new City Council members

Buda voters reject fluoride, select two new City Council members

Buda residents ushered in big changes Tuesday night, voting against fluoridated water, filling a couple of City Council seats and adopting a switch to geographic-based council districts. Two-thirds of the voters in Tuesday’s election said Buda should not add fluoride to its water, rejecting a practice that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has heralded as one of the top...
Buda residents to choose three new City Council members

Buda residents to choose three new City Council members

With a fierce debate roaring on social media about two controversial charter amendment proposals in Buda — whether to fluoridate the city’s water and whether to adopt geographic districts for the City Council seats — the race for three new council members has been somewhat overshadowed. But after Tuesday’s election, half the members of City Council will have changed and a new...
Three Kyle City Council seats up for grabs in November election

Three Kyle City Council seats up for grabs in November election

The Kyle City Council will see heavy turnover next year, as residents vote for a new mayor and three council members in the election Tuesday. Residents will vote in a special election for someone to fill District 1 Council Member Travis Mitchell’s seat, after he stepped down to run for mayor. When long-serving council members David Wilson, of District 4, and Becky Selbera, of District 2, announced...
Four candidates vying to be mayor of Kyle

Four candidates vying to be mayor of Kyle

Kyle Mayor Todd Webster’s announcement this summer that he would not seek another term opened the door for a slate of four candidates, some new and some familiar to the public stage, to vie for his role. The contenders include Travis Mitchell, a business owner who since June 2016 has served as a City Council member for District 1; Nicole Romero-Piche, a teacher; Jaime Sanchez, a construction...
Trump’s rhetoric drawing full field of Democrats to congressional race

Trump’s rhetoric drawing full field of Democrats to congressional race

It’s not unusual for the election of a Republican president to bring a surge of Democrats seeking seats in the midterm elections. But Texas Democratic Party leaders say the latest outpouring of enthusiasm and often anger-fueled passion spurred by President Donald Trump’s election is unmatched. “I’ve been recruiting candidates in Texas for years, and I’ve never seen an...
A NEAR MISS: Kyle man discovers his land isn’t in Kyle after all

A NEAR MISS: Kyle man discovers his land isn’t in Kyle after all

Robert Rizo thought for more than four decades that his family’s home was in the city of Kyle. The family even had thousands of dollars in tax bills to prove it. It wasn’t until Rizo filed to run this summer for Kyle City Council, however, that officials told him his home address was just outside the city limits — meaning he’s not a Kyle resident, despite the fact that he and...
San Marcos election: Public safety, library bonds approved

San Marcos election: Public safety, library bonds approved

San Marcos residents have passed a $31.7 million bond package — the first in more than a decade — for public safety improvements and a library expansion, according to final unofficial returns from Saturday’s election. The $17.2 million bond for public safety improvements passed with 76 percent of the vote, while the $14.5 million library bond passed with 77 percent of the vote. Police...
FINAL: Two challengers, incumbent win Dripping Springs council races

FINAL: Two challengers, incumbent win Dripping Springs council races

10:23 p.m update: Challengers Taline Manassian, William Travis Crow and incumbent Bill Foulds clinched three Dripping Springs City Council seats Saturday. Manassian, an attorney, led with 24.45 percent. Foulds followed with 18.39 percent, and Crow got 18.16 percent. Other candidates included challenger Harrison Schultz, who had 16.76 percent. Charles Busbey earned 15.48 percent of the vote, and longtime...
Hays County approves two multi-million school bond packages

Hays County approves two multi-million school bond packages

UPDATE 10:15 p.m: Hays County residents approved two multi-million school bond packages in Saturday’s election. Both the Hays and San Marcos school districts sought bonds to fund facilities to accommodate their rapid growth. Taxpayers handily passed both bond packages, neither of which is expected to increase property tax rates. The Hays school district sought a $250 million bond package &mdash...
Hays ESD 6 voters favor quarter-cent sales tax hike

Hays ESD 6 voters favor quarter-cent sales tax hike

Voters in unincorporated Hays County near Dripping Springs overwhelmingly approved a quarter-cent sales tax increase to fund a new fire station and other equipment, according to unofficial final election results. The measure was approved with 71 percent of the vote in the Hays County Emergency Services District No. 6 jurisdiction — about 35,000 voters live within the roughly 244 square-mile...
Steve Thurber, Allison Davis win Wimberley City Council races

Steve Thurber, Allison Davis win Wimberley City Council races

Wimberley City Council candidates Steve Thurber, former Wimberley mayor, and Allison Davis have won seats, according to unofficial final voting results. Thurber, running for a Place 1 seat, ended up with 59 percent of the vote over Sally Trapp, interior designer and currently a council member in Place 3. Davis, a licensed professional counselor running for the Place 3 seat, ended up with 61 percent...
FINAL RESULTS: San Marcos voters approve public safey, library bonds

FINAL RESULTS: San Marcos voters approve public safey, library bonds

San Marcos residents have passed a $31.7 million bond package — the first in more than a decade — for public safety improvements and a library expansion, according to final unofficial returns from Saturday’s election. The $17.2 million bond for public safety improvements passed with 76 percent of the vote, while the $14.5 million library bond passed with 77 percent of the vote. Police...
Bonds will help local school districts with growth

Bonds will help local school districts with growth

Saturday is Election Day for several Central Texas school districts and cities. Though the date may have escaped the minds of many, as is often the case in nonpresidential elections, it is an important one with important local issues on the ballots. They range from selecting the next mayor to deciding on school bonds and choosing local school board members. As Central Texas continues to grow, more...
Wastewater treatment leading issue in Wimberley City Council elections

Wastewater treatment leading issue in Wimberley City Council elections

Now that Wimberley is at the precipice of dealing with wastewater treatment, an issue that has for more than a decade plagued the Hill Country town, it has again emerged as a leading issue in upcoming City Council elections. Two City Council seats are up for grabs in the May 6 election: Place 1, which pits former mayor and council member Steve Thurber against Sally Trapp, currently a council...
Six vying for three Dripping Springs City Council positions

Six vying for three Dripping Springs City Council positions

A half-dozen candidates — three incumbents and three challengers — are vying for three Dripping Springs City Council at-large positions. As the city grapples with issues of rapid growth, all of the candidates say that tackling those growing pains will be among the greatest challenges for the next council. According to Census Bureau figures, the city’s population increased from 1...
Seven candidates seek Hays school trustee positions

Seven candidates seek Hays school trustee positions

Hays school district voters in May will not only decide on the largest school bond package in the history of the school district totaling $250 million for new campuses and upgrades, but they’ll also vote on three positions on the board of trustees who will lead a rapidly growing district. Seven candidates are seeking spots for a District 1, District 2 and an at-large trustee position. READ:...
Hays ESD No. 6 asking for sales tax hike for new station, equipment

Hays ESD No. 6 asking for sales tax hike for new station, equipment

A quarter-cent sales tax increase that the Hays County Emergency Services District No. 6 would use to fund a new fire station and other equipment will go before voters in the May 6 election. The emergency service district is based in Dripping Springs, but the tax would be levied only in areas outside city limits that haven’t reached the maximum sales tax allowed. That means just the 35,000 or...
Lost ballots in Hays County drive calls for change

Lost ballots in Hays County drive calls for change

Hays County elections administrator Jennifer Anderson would like to move on from the Nov. 8 error in which more than 1,800 votes were not tallied, but some county residents still have concerns. Though that issue was not on the agenda for an elections commission meeting Thursday morning, at least half a dozen people came to speak about it. The elections commission rarely convenes, but Anderson called...
Why 1,816 ballots in Hays County went uncounted last November

Why 1,816 ballots in Hays County went uncounted last November

A data storage device containing 1,816 votes in Hays County wasn’t counted in last November’s general election as a result of a “preventable human error,” the county’s new elections administrator announced this week. Jennifer Anderson, who became the county’s elections administrator on Jan. 1, said an internal investigation showed that the device, similar to a memory...
Thomaides, Mihalkanin, Gonzales win San Marcos council elections

Thomaides, Mihalkanin, Gonzales win San Marcos council elections

Council Member John Thomaides narrowly won the San Marcos mayor’s race in Tuesday’s runoff with a 42-vote margin of victory over business owner Ruben Becerra, according to the final but unofficial count. “It’s obviously very gratifying,” Thomaides said about his win with 50.62 percent of the vote, or 1,727 votes. “It’s been such a long, long election season...
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