Wednesday, March 10, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 10, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY MARCH ZEITUNG LIFE PULL BLOOM Springlike weather has garden ers breaking out the trowels What does it take to get the yard ready Page IB SPORTS SOFTBALL New Braunfels beats Canyon in the district opener 73 Smithson Valley loses to Fredericksburg Page SA Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 12 pages 2 sections If K i ISA A B VN COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES SPORTS TV GRIDS WWW7 4B 1 Partly cloudy High Low 74 Details 47 1B 38 3B 4A 3A 56A 4B COUNTY CONSTABLE Precinct 3 sii mm 3mkWv mm COUNTY CONSTABLE Precinct COURTATLAW 2 Judge llll kROS Commissioners race still up in air Dawson Wickman head into runoff Zamora to face Parker in November By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Precinct 1 Comal County Commis sioner Jack Dawson drew nearly dou ble the votes of either of his chal lengers Tuesday but fell short of what he needed to keep his seat Dawson faces retired Air Force Col Bob Wickman in the April 13 runoff election Dawson received votes percent to Wickmans 658 votes Diane Dasher was third with 559 votes percent of the ballots cast Dawson said he would begin work on the runoff election today The number one thing Ill be doing is my job as Dawson said But this is another election and you have to campaign like its the only election I will do Dawson said he wanted to thank See PRECINCT 1 Page 3A By Chris Robinson and Ron Maloney Staff Writers Precinct 3 Commissioner Cristina Zamora prevailed Tuesday over challenger Ramon Chapa 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 to per cent In the November genera election Zamora will face Republican Greg Parker who was unopposed in the primary Im very happy that I Zamora said Tuesday night I think its a privilege and an honor to serve in See ZAMORA Page 3A Cristina Zamora Change in store for constable DAVID 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 L0igh Jones Staff Writer Early voting turnout in Tuesdays pri mary was a disappointment said Coun ty Clerk Joy Streater As election boxes rolled through the courthouse doors lat er that evening the percentages did not get much better A total of early votes were cast including mailin ballots Republicans cast votes to the Democrats 850 TUesday night ballots were cast Republicans contributed votes and Democrats contributed Out of registered voters only per cent voted Larry Horton incoming Democratic Party chair was pleased with the makeup of his partys voters The judges I talked to that have new people in their districts reported higher turnout We were happy to see he said Donald Hensz Republican Party chair was disappointed but not surprised by turnout at the polling places It was lower than visual Its been fairly hard to get enthusiasm he said But Im confident they will come out in Greg Parker Republican running for County Precinct 3 is look ing forward to facing Cristina Zamora who won the Democratic primary against Ramon Chapa in November November is going to be a Parker said But I will 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 who does Holder said But its a sigh of relief that I havent had to Other uncontested races include 22nd Judicial District Judge Charles Ramsay Tax Sherman Krause and constable candidates Ben Scroggin Precinct 1 and Kenneth Smith Precinct 2 Stephens Gray neckandneck for judge post By Scott Maton Staff Writer Incumbent County 2 Judge Charles Stephens JJ ran a neckandneck raee against opponent Randitt Gray in the Republican ptroaiylDiftday After all precincts were counted Stephens finished with 44 percent of the vole and Gray came in with 43 percent throwing the two into a runoff election AprillS Assistant District Attojney Joseph Soane 11J fell behjjideariym the race a distant third with IZpercentof the vote The Ona tally snowed Stephens with Rodriguez Cuellar in dead heat for Congress DALLAS AP Fourterm Rep Qro Rodriguez was locked in a tight battle with former ally Henry Cuellar in a congressional district that stretches from San Antonio to the Mexican border With 76 percent of precincts reporting only about 150 votes separated the two Cuellar 48 decided to take his chances instead in Rodriguezs redrawn district which is overwhelmingly Democrat and includes parts Charles Stephens U District 21 Rep Lamar Smith Antonio whose district includes the rest of New Braunfels and Comal UMtty was unopposed in the primary election He will face Democrat Rhett R Smith in November The presidential race was a foregone conclusion in the pri maries President George W Bush had votes 92 percent with 79 percent of precincts in John Kerry the only Dem crat still in the race pulled votes 66 percent with 81 percent of precincts in Incumbent Victor CarriJlo Led the pack in the Republi cajipruiwyforthe Texas Rail road Commission Carrillo had 49 percent of the vole and assured of at least a runoff spot with 79 per cent of precincts reporting Sandy Morales precincts By Dylan Jimenez 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 defeated Toe Gomez and incumbent Randy Galindo in Tuesdays primary to win the Precinct 3 post Im just Morales said The voters just believed in Morales received 52 percent of the votes narrowly avoiding a runoff with Galindo 429 votes Morales has been talking to voters since June 2003 He said others encouraged him to come out of retirement and make a difference as a consta ble He also said he was running because he missed law enforcement Morales retired after 17 years as a sheriffs deputy As Precinct 3 constable Morales will represent most of New Braunfels and Solms Galindo said he was sur prised at the election outcome Although he was the incum bent with what he said was a solid reputation Galindo said he worked hard to get reelect ed Ive done a great job these last few he said I just dont understand the public See CONSTABLE Page 3A