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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 25, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                6 HeraldZeitung Tuesday April City faces legal challenges if Amendment 1 fails By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer i The proposed Amendment 1 to the New Braunfels Charter is garnering some opposition The amendment would change the way New Braunfels elects its mayor to an atlarge whole city voting plurality In the plurality mayoral election a candidate wouldnt need over 50 percent of votes to win just the most votes The amendment would also change the city council districts to six single member districts elected by majority Opponents say that a plurality elec tion for a threeyear term mayor is against the Texas Constitution Article Section of the Texas Constitution does state that for any term of office more than two years the vote must be by majority But the federal Doctrine of Pre emption says that federal law preempts Analysis state law A 1983 federal court order given to New Braunfels created the three atlarge plurality city council seats that the city now has That same court order gives federal courts con tinuing jurisdiction over the New Braunfels voting system So according to the court order and the Doctrine of Preemption an atlarge mayor must be elected by plurality New Braunfels is not an isolated case City Attorney Jacqueline Cul lom said The Justice Department has required plurality elections for mayor and atlarge council seats before In my opinion no court either state or federal would uphold the state law over the federal Cullom said Charter Amendment I would bring another big change the citys voting districts would be redrawn to six single Early voting off to fast start By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Early voting is going well City Secretary Veronica Sarkozi said Three hundred fifteen early votes had been cast by lunch last Friday more than usual for the first week she said No votes will be counted however until election day Those wishing to vote early may do so at the Comal County Court house until May For wheel chair access park on the second floor of the parking garage and take the elevator to the third floor Signs will be posted with directions to the polling place member districts The council mem bers from these districts would be elect ed by majority Opponents find two basic problems with redistricting The first reason for opposition to redistricting is a loss of choices per voter Under the current system each voter gets to choose four of the seven members of city council three at large and one in his own district Under the proposed amendment each voter would only vote for two the mayor and the council member in his own district In the current system however the voters do not elect the mayor the city council chooses the mayor from among its own members The second reason for oppostion is cost Professor David Guinn an expert in voting law estimates that the cost to redistrict would be about to The onetime cost of redis tricting would be replaced by the pos sible repeated cost of runoff elections each time a mayoral candidate did not win by a clear majority Each runoff election costs from to according to City Secretary Veronica Sarkozi If the charter amendment on the May ballot doesnt pass the city will be faced with legal problems in the future The datefor the lawsuit is May David Wallace Charter Review Com mittee chair said If we dont pass this on May 6 we will be sued on May New Braunfels resident Cristina AguilarFriar presented the city with a friendly lawsuit at last nights city council meeting The purpose of the suit is the ensure the passage of Amendment 1 Surely city council knows that the present atlarge scheme of electing members minimizes the individual Voting rights of she said This ultimately violates rights as an American By flying in the face of federal law the city would leave itself open to law suits The 1983 suit against the city alleged that the voting system of the time was adopted and maintained for the discriminatory purpose of diluting minimizing and canceling out Mexican American voting Guinn advised the Charter Review Committee that single member dis tricts as well as an atlarge majority mayor would be in violation of the Voting Rights Act If the city does not adopt single member city council dis tricts a lawsuit is also inevidable Wal lace said A recent redistricting suit against San Marcos cost about Schoch says he is a consensus builder By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer C Ray Schoch will challenge i incumbent Mary Serold for the Dist 2 city council seat May 6 Schoch 65 is selfemployed as a certified public accountant He is mar ried and lives on Cardinal Drive Schoch graduated from San Antonio College and St Marys University with a BBA in accounting magna cum laude Schoch recently served on the citys Charter Review Committee My work on the Charter Review Committee proved to me more than ever that the city needs more consensus building and less promoting of private agen he said i Streets and drainage are of prime I importance Schoch That of the new sales tax might not be enough to fix the he said He would like to see another percent of the tax used for street repair i Concerning needs in the West End i Schoch said Again streets and drainage is a primary The city must support the Summer Work Program for youth said Schoch Every summer my office has been vandalized until Roques program start ed two years he said We need to make sure that thing Schoch was a member of the San Antonio City Water Board for 17 City Council District 2 Ray Schoch years The Edwards Aquifer Authori ty votes must not be based on popu lation said Schoch If the level drops below 590 in San Antonio there will be water seeping into the he said Its Schoch wants to work toward greater understanding and cooperation between the city and NBU From what I see NBU is doing an excellent he said Schoch is not in favor of using NBU funds for city programs As an active member of the Cham ber of Commerce Schoch invited every city council member to last sum Streets and drainage is a prima ry Ray Schoch incrs Leadership New Braunfels workshop he said There were no tak ers Schoch sees a need for better coop eration between city council and the Chamber Ive never worked with a harder working group of people than the said Schoch There isnt a group in town that is better orga Schoch has served as president of the Downtown Association and worked toward downtown revitalization As president of the Mental Health Mental Retardation board he negoti ated with the New Braunfels Builders Association to construct the MHMR building at a cost of materials only Schochs list of involvements includes the Chamber of Commerce 1994 Leadership New Braunfels pro gram He was president of the Break fast Lions Club and chaired the Cham ber Partnership Committee when the Perfect Atten dance Card PAC card program began Serold says she made city government more open By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Mary Serold plans to fight to keep her city council seat in the May 6 election Serold has held the Dist 2 seat on the city council since January 1994 Serold was born and raised in San Antonio Her family moved to Canyon Lake when she was 16 I graduated from Canyon High as assistant editor of the Canyon news paper Serold 44 is married to New Braunfels native Dennis Serold They have two children a son 24 who is in the Air Force stationed in New Mexico and a daughter 20 who is a junior in college Accessibility is Serolds best achievement on city council she said Ive had my meetings every Satur day prior to she said The citizens have said if you dont run whos going to have these meeting Weve had several locations where school zones were put in said Serold the school zone on Comal Street those citizens had tried in previous councils unsuc Serold held neighborhood meet ings with Tumbleweed and Gardenia residents on the WalMart expan sion she said Serold was in on the meetings addressing the concerns of Mary Serold Sycamore Avenue residents The city manager and police attended that she said Stop signs were added on several downtown streets as a result Im not going to lie to people we have a divided said Serold Lets just call a spade a spade and be done with But the city council has accomplished much in spite of the differences she said Theyre all independent she said The city council is addressing sev City Council District 2 eral of the West Ends needs said Serold but more could be done At some point well have to address some kind of organized youth pro she said we may have to extend the summer work program to employing youth year Serold praised the Summer Work Program and program Maybe we need something like a neighborhood said Serold It would be for those who cannot afford to go to a doctor on their The clinic could serve the elderly give prenatal and well baby care and deal with such issues as birth control and HIV We are situated between two very large cities and sooner or later its going to crunch she said She wants to see the mayor elected atlarge the true democratic way by all the people not just she said Serold sees protecting the envi ronment as an issue of the utmost importance Serold hopes voters pass the half cent sales tax It will allow us to come into the 20th century in this said Serold to almost triple the street department is CISD School Board Candidate Profiles Norman Gerlich District 7 Gerlich QUALIFICATIONS Served the past three years as a CISD board member treasurer and secretary of the board Two years were served on the building com mittee the last as a chairman in formulating the districts building plans During this peri od I have become knowledgeable of the dis tricts needs weaknesses and strengths A key point of my qualification is a strong desire to contribute to the process of making this school district the best in terms of an educa tional outcome for the students without incur ring an unreasonable tax rate In this respect the tax rate has remained stable for the past 3 years while the educational process has improved TOP GOALS First and foremost is the goal to provide the very best education possible I define education as the total product required to graduate students who are mentally physically socially and competitively prepared for the demands of further aca demic or technical training interaction and success in an informationoriented world environment There are 3 accompa nying goals required to attain the main goal Fiscal Balance and Integrity Student Body Discipline and Strategic Planning for the Future OCCUPATION AND RELATED EXPERIENCE Currently Chief Financial Advisor to TESS Diagnostics and Pharmaceuti cals a developing drug company with one osteoporosis one infection and 5 cancer treatment drugs in various stages of development Prior to this a total of 35 years of management in the Air Force international oil drilling and Defense con tracting Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas 1953 and a Masters degree in Business Administra tion in from George Washington University FAMILY INFORMATION Married to Judy a Registered Nurse for 35 years Two children a daughter Lisa who gradu Cated from MacArthur High School in San Antonio and a son J Nathan who graduated from Canyon High School in New Braun fels John Clay District 7 QUALIFICATIONS I have lived in the CISD for over 8 years My wife and I have been very active in the schools having 3 children For the past 2 years I have been on the LongRange Plan ning Committee and 1 am currently on the Canyon Intermediate School Architectural Committee 1 feel that I can best represent the school district since 1 am involved with these committees and since I can represent other parents with children in the schools My chil dren will be in the schools until the year 2003 Clay TOP GOALS I Constant monitoring of the growth of the district is a major priority The growth is exceeding projections We must address this problem as it is not going away 2 Excellence in education will always be a major goal We must address student discipline problems problems with curriculum given to students problems with some teachers that may not be teaching properly and being alert with future issues regarding sex education clock scheduling etc 3 Staying on top of the budget and making sure the taxpayers dollars are spent properly Being a businessman it is important to run the district with a good business sense and aptitude for making the proper decisions financially OCCUPATION AND RELATED EXPERIENCE I have been a golf professional for 23 years I have owned my own golf shop since 1980 Since have been the General Manager and Director of Golf at Northcliffe Country Club In 1991 1 formed a group of investors and purchased the country club FAMILY INFORMATION 1 have been married to Debbie Wright Clay for 21 years We have 3 children Johnny Kimberly and Jaclyn We live in the Garden Ridge area and have been in the CISD since 1987 My wife is current ly on the Comal Child Welfare Board and we are both active in all three of the schools our children are attending Robert K Loop District 6 QUALIFICATIONS First and foremost I care deeply about the children of our community I know that they are the future of our society and I have worked to help them develop their full potential I am currently cochairman of the Smithson Valley Area Intermediate School Architectural Committee which has been working hard to provide our community with a quality school on schedule and within budget Last year I chaired the CISD Long Range Facilities Planning Committee that helped develop the CISD Master Plan I have worked with children and appreciate the special challenges that teachers face each day I have been a Sunday School teacher for 7 years and was the Education Chair man for 2 years at the Bulverde United Methodist Church I am a coach for youth soc cer and Little League Softball TOP GOALS 1 Provide strong leadership in enrollment projection and facilities plan ning in this era of rapid growth 2 Continue to improve educational standards and cur riculum for all grade levels 3 Use intensive longterm planning to help solve budgetary concerns rather than relying excessively on taxation 4 Continue improvement of Loop procedures and standards for all support areas such as personnel hiring food service and busing 5 Manage teacher pay and benefits in order to be competitive with other comparable schools 6 Provide an effective voice to the administration for citizen concerns OCCUPATION AND RELATED EXPERIENCE I am an engineer at Kelly Air Force Base I have been involved in a number of building and construction projects I am also a partner in Demographics For Schools which as a free community service provided demographic projections for CISD Additionally I am the own er of Altair Investment Management Company FAMILY INFORMATION My wife Jeanne and I have been married for 16 years She is a dietitian teaching at UTSA and working parttime at the Texas Headache Institute She has also been an active vol unteer in our schools We have two daughters Kim age 11 and Melanie age 9 They both attend Bill Brown Elementary School Kim our soccer player and Mel our softball player both enjoy reading and playing the piano James Marvin Kellam District 6 QUALIFICATIONS Just good common sense TOP GOALS Unity of board and community to get the job done OCCUPATION AND RELATED EXPERIENCE Sales and public relations FAMILY INFORMATION Happily married Kellam Were Meeting New Braunfels Great Books Dis cussion Group meets from 2 to 4 on the second and fourth Thurs days each month at Victoria Bank and Trust meeting room Interested people always welcome For information call 6254184 The Canyon Cougar Class of 1980 is having a 15year reunion Please contact Kathy Vicknair at 6251011 Karen Saur at 6292537 or Tim Zunker at 6293935 after New Braunfels High School Grad uates of 1935 will hold a class reunion June 24 at Schwamkrugs Steakhouse Happy hour from 1 to dinner at 3 The monthly dinner meeting of the New Braunfels Class of 1942 will meet May 12 at Krauses Cafe For information call Jim Rheinlaender at 6255445 The next meeting of the Comal County Caring for Children Com mittee will be heldat at 493 South Seguin Thursday April 27 All members of the committee are asked to attend Anyone interested in this program is welcome to attend The New Braunfels Conservation Society April meeting will be Thurs day April 27 at in the Forke Store Archive Awareness will be the topic discussed by Jane Jackson man ager of the Archives and Skipper Isleib They will educate you on anything you ever wanted to know about the Archives New members are welcome For information call 6292943 The Comal County Career Sup port Dialogue Group sponsored by the American Cancer Society will meet at Thursday April 27 in the north building of Victoria Bank and Trust 1000 N Walnut Call the ACS at 6295717 or Marian Hicks at 6291763 for more information Lioness Council 2S3 will meet Saturday April 29 in Bastrop from 9 to 1 members planning to attend should meet at the New Braun fels Factory Stores in front of the Lennox Store at Wear your vest Tuesday May 2 from to 7 Hospice New Braunfels will begin a fiveweek Bereavement Sup port Group for adults who have lost a friend or family member within the past two years The group will meet in Franks Haus the rock house behind the office of Hospice New N Walnut For information call Elaine Craig at 6257500 The Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary first reading of a by law change will be May 2 at Second and third readings will follow in subsequent meetings The Comal County Genealogy Society will meet May 2 at at the Archives 200 N Seguin This will be a joint meeting with the Seguin Genealogy Society The speaker will be Mrs Karen R Thompson who is an author and historian from Austin She will talk about organizing to protect cemeteries Guests welcome Alzheimer and Dementia Family Support and Information Group meets at 6 May 4 at Colonial Manor This is the groups first meeting Future meetings are planned the first Thursday of every month   

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