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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 8, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW FELS o HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 272 20 pages in 2 sections November 8 2000 Comal County since 1852 50 cents New Braunfels voters OK sales tax Wolverton hangs on to Guadalupe Spain returns to NBISD board Kempert Texas Republicans High court keeps Comal County win big in state its GOP voting results by Bush appears to win tight race File Photo George Busrr was in Austin on election night Many of his sup porters gathered at the Capitol to await election results BY RON FOURMER AP Political Writer George W Bush and Al Gore fought state1 bystate in an agonizingly close presiden tial election Tuesday that gave voters a choice of four more years of Democratic rule or a Republican fresh TV networks projected Bush the winner igniting GOP celebrations in Austin The Republicans retained control of the Senate and looked likely to keep a small majority in the House as well The last time the Republicans held the Election results online Check the HeraldZeitungs web site at for updates throughout today as this story continues to evolve House Senate and presidency was after the 1952 election In the end after 2 EST it all came down to Florida The networks said the state was Bushs and it would put him over the top APs analysis showed the narrowest of mar gins with final votes still being tallied Bush was poised to claim his prize Florida had been the epicenter of the campaign and Tuesday night was chaotic At one point news organizations said Gore was the winner but they backtracked as more votes were counted and Bush eased ahead Deeply divided voters were keeping Con gress under GOP control by a razorthin margin Bush or Gore the next president will submit his firstyear agenda to a deeply divided Congress Gore won big battlegrounds in Pennsyl vania Michigan and California while Bush claimed Texas Ohio and a string of smaller states including Gores Tennessee and Bill Clintons Arkansas Green Party candidate Ralph Nader had just 3 percent of the national vote but did well enough in to potentially tip several states to Bush The closeness of the days voting demon strated deep division in the country and bestowed no clear mandate Turnout strong but no record FROM STAFF REPORTS Comal County voters turned out in droves Tuesday to decide a pair of hotly contested local propositions unseat a sixterm county incumbent and help deter mine who would be the next pres ident of the United States While a record voters cast ballots Tuesday on a basis of percent of registered voters that represented a turnout of only 58 percent of the registered voters In of the countys then registered voters cast ballots for a total turnout of 80 percent Voting in the county fell well short of the 1992 record but was a great turnout nonetheless elec tions coordinator Linnell Hino josa said The state predicted a 61 per cent Hinojosa said Comal County usually has a higher percentage than the states forecast Comal County voters like to vote and George W Bush is on the ballot This is a Repub lican Boy is this ever a Republican county employee Cyn thia Jaquia said The turnout in 2000 is not cal culated on the same basis it was in 1992 Hinojosa said K JESSIE Sherman Krause who won the race for Comal County tax assessorcollector Tuesday gets a warm welcome from Genny Hensz at the Republican headquarters Tuesday night City voters approve sales tax propositions BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer New Braunfels residents narrowly vot to give the city more choices on how it can spend part of its sales tax dollars Tuesday Voters approved two propositions that change the way the city allocates a portion of its sales tax dollars and give the city more ways to use that money Im surprised that both of diem Mayor Stoney Williams said Tuesday I thought at least one would New Braunfels a half percent of the citys total percent in a 1995 election Oneeighth of 1 percent went to property tax reduction A second oneeighth of 1 percent went to fund economic development activi ties It was called the 4A tax in reference to its enabling law The citys economic development corporation board of direc tors was in charge of that money The remaining onefourth of 1 percent sales tax is called the 4B tax and is over seen by the citys infrastructure and improvement corp board of directors The 4B tax revenues originally were dedicated to two pools of funds one eighth of 1 percent for streets and drainage projects and oneeighth of 1 percent for other improvement projects That will all change after Tuesdays election Proposition 1 on Tuesdays ballot was to allow the city to use 4B fluids for sports venues Voters approved the proposition See Spain Kempert clinch NBISD board seats BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer A familiar face and two new ones earned seats on the New Braunfels Inde pendent School District board of trustees Tuesday Almost 20 percent of the districts regis tered voters cast bal lots to decide two at large positions on the school board and more than 77 percent of them made their decisions during ear ly voting Trustee Bette Spain won her third term on the board by pulling in the tad tf SPAIN votes percent of the voters said they wanted her back Firsttime candidate Deborah Kempert earned a board seat by grabbing the second highest total She end ed with percent Businesswoman Yolanda H Longoria who has tried at least four times to win a seat on the NBISD board finished last with percent District 1 candidate John Haas ran unopposed Spain Kempert and Haas were elected to serve threeyear terms on the school board KEMPERT NBISD elections are based on a plu rality vote which means the candidates who win the most votes win the seats Because voters had to fill both their at large seats the top two vote winners earned the spots Twelve days before the filing dead line for this election Spain said she was not sure she would run again She did only to find out it would take some work to get reelected because two other can didates had tossed their hats in the ring Im really excited to get to do it again and to get to work for three more Spain said And Im really excited that Im going to get to see some of the bond issue projects through to Managing growth and keeping class SeeNBISQftA INSIDE Key Code 76 Republican unseats tax assessor Clennan BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Sherman Krause will give his notice at the Texas Nat ural Resources Conservation Commission today In January hell replace Gloria Clennan as Comal County tax Krause a Republican defeated the six term 24year incumbent Tuesday to in an election in which percent of the voters voted the straight ticket party line Krause won per cent of votes cast while Clennan tallied meaning 19 percent of Republican voters sup ported her In the two contested constable races Repub lican Lester Leissner defeated Robert Rubio in precinct 2 which encompasses Bracken Solms and areas outside New Braunfels In precinct 4 which includes the Canyon Lake and FarmtoMar ketRoad 306 areas Republican Ben Scrog gin defeated Democrat Jim Surton In Comal County commissioners Jack DawsonR Pet 1 and Cristina ZamoraD Pet 3 ran unopposed for re election as did Sheriff Bob Holder For Clennan a lifelong Democrat the straight ticket vot ing hurdle was seen by many as difficult to overcome If you looked at the numbers in previous elections you just knew there was no way Gloria could win this said a county employee who is a Republican but split the ticket to vote for Clennan We tried to convince her to switch another county employee said She would have won this thing Clennan who has run unopposed in every election since 1976 said after the results were in Tuesday night there was no way she could justify to herself changing par ties just to win the election I couldnt change my affiliation to win an Clennan said Changing parties wouldnt have made me do a better job 1 am who 1 am 1 couldnt overcome that straight party Clennan said she would miss a very good 1 want to thank all of the voters for the 24 years theyve allowed me to be there I know Ive done them a good job and made lots of friends Republicans Democrats and people from all walks of life 1 wish Sherman In winning Krause complimented Clennan See REPUBLICANS County employee Denise Rainey and incumbent tax assessorcollector Gloria Clennan embrace after Clennans defeat   

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