New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, March 10, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

March 10, 2004

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 10, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Vol. 151, No. 103 12 pages, 2 sections Comal County since 1852. Ti CLICK WWW. 500 herald-zeitung.com ; 8 '56825 00001 r ■ Partly cloudy High Low 74 47 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS 5-6B COMICS    3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM    4A OBITUARY 3A SPORTS 5-6A TV GRIDS 4B f,    m    vIggp* it/ m    'MMy HWEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 2004 E~ FULL BLOOM Spring-like weather has gardeners breaking out the trowels. What does it take to get the yard ready? Page IB SPORTS SOFTBALL I New Braunfels beats Canyon I in the district opener, 7-3. I Smithson Valley loses to j Fredericksburg, 2-1. Page 5A County Commissioner Precinct I County Commissioner Precinct 3 ZAMORA..........................633 CHAPA JR.......................493 PARKER (unopnosed)  370 County Constable Precinct 3 GALINDO..........................429 MORALES.......................564 GOMEZ................................84 County Constable Precinct 'iii' DUNLAP   :..............632 MARIN.  .........................556 SVOBODA....,....................91 RAPP  ......>..................384 xOv Court-at-Law 2 Judge TTTT1 GRAY...............................2336 SOANE  .............  657 STEPHENS  ...........2412 UNOPPOSED Ptatrtot 71 Hale Rap. CASTEEL  ..............4965 Coaial Caaaty tharfff HOLDER.......................4972 Caaaty Tax Aaaaaaor KRAUSE  ..............4947 County CoaataMot Pl SCROGGIN....................1944 County ConataMa, Pl SMITH.................  1057 RAMSAY ......  4508 STATE RACES (Comal County totals only) U.l. Freakout KERRY..............................1778 EDWARDS........................248 BUSH..............................5204 UA. Congrats, DM R SMITH........................1143 L. SMITH  ........  4908 U«l. Congress, DU CUELLAR..........................251 RODRIGUEZ  .............661 PERALES    .............57 CANSECO  ...............38 BELLAMY  .............76 HOPSON..............................97 SCARBOROUGH..........1718 CARRILLO......................2274 HENRY ..........    701 DEFFENBAUGH............,818 BUTLER  ...........1022 HENSON .....................1638 DAVIDSON........ ........,..2285 PEMBERTON................2374 NOTE: All results am unofficial until canvassed. HEI) denotes Republicans, while HH IE denotes Demounts. PRIMARY 2004 Winners in each party’s primary will face off in die November general election. If there is no clear primary winner, a runoff election wiU be conducted April 13. * 11 DASHER...........................559 DAWSON .......  1067 WICKMAN  ......  658 Commissioners race still up in air Dawson, Wickman head into runoff I Zamora to face Parker in November Change in store for constable precincts , By Bon Maloney Staff Writer Precinct I Comal County Commissioner Jack Dawson drew nearly double the votes of either of his challengers Tuesday — but fell short of what he needed to keep his seat. Dawson faces retired U.S. Air Force Col. Bob Wickman in the April 13 runoff election. Dawson received 1,067 votes (46.72 percent) to Wickman’s 658 votes (28.81 percent). Diane Dasher was third with 559 votes (24.47 percent) of the ballots cast. Dawson said he would begin work on the runoff election today. “The number one thing 1 11 be doing is my job as usual,” Dawson said. “But this is another election, and you have to campaign like it s the only election. I will do that.” Dawson said he wanted to thank See PRECINCT I, Page 3A By Chris Robinson and Ron Maloney Staff Writers Precinct 3 Commissioner Cristina Zamora prevailed Tuesday over challenger Ramon Chapa Jr., winning a Democrat primary that got nasty in its closing days. Zamora, running for her fourth term, outstripped Chapa 633 votes to 493, a margin of 56.22 to 43.78 percent. In the November general election, Zamora will face Republican Greg Parker, who was unopposed in the primary. “I’m very happy that I won,” Zamora said Tuesday night. “I think its a privilege and an honor to serve in See ZAMORA. Page 3A Cristina Zamora By Dylan Jimoner Staff Writer Voters in Precincts 3 have turned the constable duties over to a new face, and Precinct 4 voters must recast ballots in a runoff April 13. Sandy Morales, a retired police officer, defeate d loc Gomez and incumbent | Randy Galindo in Tuesday’s primary to win the Precinct 3 post. “I’m just ecstatic, Sandy Morales M o r a I e s said. “The voters just believed in me." Morales received 52 percent of tile votes (564), narrowly avoiding a runoff with Galindo (429 votes, 39.8 percent). Morales has been talking to voters since June 2003. J Ie said others encouraged him to come out of retirement and make a difference as a constable. I Ie also said he was tunning because he missed law enforcement. Morales retired after 17 years as a sheriff s deputy. As Precinct 3 constable, Morales will represent most of New Braunfels and solms. Galindo said he was surprised at the election outcome. Although he was the incumbent with what he said was a solid reputation, Galindo said he worked hard to get re elected. “I ve done a great job these last few years,’ he said. “I just don’t understand the public sometimes.” DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Reyes Velazquez, 19, talks on his cell phone while campaigning for Ramon Chapa Jr. Tuesday afternoon outside First United Methodist Church on West San Antonio Street. FRONTand Center Turnout just 13% of local voters By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Early voting turnout in Tuesday’s primary was a disappointment, said County Clerk Joy Streater. As election boxes rolled through tile courthouse doors later that evening, the percentages did not get much better. A total of 2,708 early votes were cast, including mail-in ballots. Republicans cast 1,858 votes to the Democrats’ 850. Tuesday night, 8,253 ballots were cast. Republicans contributed 5,815 votes, and Democrats contributed 2,438. Out of 60,677 registered voters, only 13.6 percent voted. larry Horton, incoming Democratic Barly chair, was pleased with the makeup of his party ’s voters. “T he judges I talked to that have new people in their districts reported higher turnout. We were happy to see that,” he said. Donald I lens/, Republican Barly chair, was disappointed hut not surprised by turnout at the polling places. “It was lower than usual. It s been fairly hard to get enthusiasm going,” he said. “But I’m confident they will come out in November.” Greg Barker, Republican running for (County Commissioner Deduct 3, is looking forward to facing Cristina Zamora, who won the Democratic primary against Ramon Chapa lr., in November. “November is going to be a challenge," Parker said. “But I will prevail.” One of five candidates unopposed in the primary, Parker is the only one opposed in November. For Sheriff Bob Holder, election day was just another work day. The election holds interest for me in seeing wilt) does win,” I {older said. “But its a sigh of relief that I haven’t had to participate.” (Iffier uncontested races include 22nd Judicial District Judge Charles Ramsay, Tax Assessor/Collector Sherman Krause and constable candidates Ben Scroggin, Deduct I, anti Kenneth Smith, Precinct 2. for judge post By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Incumbent County Court-at-law 2 Judge Charles Stephens ll ran a neck-and-neck race against opponent Randall Gray in the Republican primary Tuesday. After all precincts were counted, Stephens finished with 44 percent of the vote, and Gray came in with 43 percent, throwing the two into a runoff election April 13. Assistant District Attorney Joseph Soane 111 fell behind early in tile race and finished a distant third with 12 percent of the vote. The final tally showed Stephens with See JUDGE. Page 2A Randall Gray Charles Stephens ll DAI J AS (AP) — I our-term U.S. Rep. Giro Rodriguez was locked in a tight battle with former ally I lenry ( Cuellar in a U.S. congressional district that stretches from San Antonio to tin* Mexican border. With 76 percent of precincts reporting, only about ISO votes separated the two. Cuellar, 48, dec ided to take his chances instead in Rodriguez’s redrawn district, which is overwhelmingly Democrat and includes parts of New Braunfels. District 21 Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, whose district includes the rest of New Braunfels and Comal (County, was unopposed in tile primary election. I Ie will face Democrat Rhea R. Smith in November. T he presidential race was a foregone conclusion in tire primaries. President George W. Bush had 550,054 votes (92 percent) with 79 percent of precincts in. John Kerry, tire only Dem-crat still in the race. pulled 473,497 vote's (66 percent) with 81 percent of prec incts in. Incumbent Victor Carrillo led the pack in the Republican primary for the Texas Railroad (Commission. (Carrillo had 49 percent of the vote and was assured of at least a nutoff spot with 79 jx*r-eent of precincts reporting. See CONSTABLE Page 3A >» Work Coplay What does the city's new parks director have in store? Stephens, Gray neck-and-neck Rodriguez, Cuellar in dead heat for Congress ;

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