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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 14, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas                                THE SUNDAY FCmUM NO BULL Travis Campbell a 1997 SVHS gteduate has ridden bulls and has only been hospi talized once Page4A PLAYOFFS MARCH 14 2004 ZEITUNG and Comal County since 1852 Canyon boys and girls soccer teams open playoff action against Uvalde Tuesday Page IB Vol 153 No 107 36 pages 4 sections CLICK I j cloudy i High Low i 70 52 i Details 3B i I DEARABBY 8C i CLASSIFIEDS 1D j COMICS 6C CROSSWORD 6C FORUM 4A I OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 1B TV GRIDS 78C Commissioner race loser calls recount By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County Monday will recount votes cast in Tuesdays Precinct 1 Commissioner elec tion Saturday Comal County Republican Party Chairman Don Hensz said candidate Diane Dasher who finished See related story BELOW third in the race behind incum bent Jack Dawson and chal lenger Bob Wickman called for the recount Friday Hensz said it would be his first recount Weve not from a party point of view had a recount for years Ive been Hensz said Diane asked for it and its in complete coopera tion with the Dawson received votes Tuesday percent to Wickmans 658 votes per Dasher was third with 559 percent of the ballots cast Under Texas election law a candidate in a contest involving more than two candidates must poll more than 50 percent of the votes cast to win the election Dawson fell just short of that In a written statement Satur day Dasher said she was seeking the recount for the sake of accountability After the election two years ago when certain races in this county received the same num ber of votes people became dis traught with the voting Dasher said With mathemati cal odds against such an occur rence in the billions accusations of ballot tampering voting See RECOUNT Page 9A Diane Dasher FRONTand CENTER PRiMARYrunoff ANALYSIS PRECINCTBYPRECINCT Votei totals by voting precincts for runoff races Maps detail precinct locations What it might take to win the runoffs See PAGE 11A 2004 Wickman will need Dashers supporters By Ron Maloney Staff Writer To beat incumbent Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson in the April 13 runoff Bob Wick man will have to scramble to wooBiane Dashers supports ers Wickman a retired Air Force officer said he would seek the backing of Dashers voters to break Dawsons two term hold on the Precinct 1 commissioners chair DAWSON VS WICKMAN Dawson did not return calls for comment In Tuesdays primary Daw son received votes pjercejatlto 658 votes Dasher was third with 559 votes Election night Wickman said if his support and Dash ers were combined it would See COUNTY Page 8A DAVID Texas Department pf Transportation New Braunfels Area Engineer Greg IVIalatek talks with Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek about future road projects in and around the city POLITICS OF ROADWORK Local officials must team up to lobby TxDOT for highway improvements Other races might pull votes for judge By Scott Mahon Staff Writer As funding for highways has dwindled its become more imperative for local to lobby the Texas Department of Transporta tion for Comal Countys transportation needs Randy Haugh Greater New Braunfeli Chamber of Com merces transportation com mittee chairman said getting 135 widened exemplifies a unified and proactive effort Comal County is experi encing an explosion of growth and if s exceeding our transportation Haugh said But the efforts made by local government officials to get 135 widened exemplifies the fact that you have to be proactive with TxDOT to get The San Antonio district comprises 12 counties including Atascosa Bandera Bexar Comal Frio Guadalupe Kendall Kerr McMullen Uvalde and Wilson counties The districts estimated population is and more than 36 million vehi cles travel its highways daily David Casteel TxDOTs San Antonio district engineer said even though districts are more centralized TxDOTs local engineers work closely with local officials Greg Malatek our area engineer in New Braunfels is our primary contact in Comal County he brings to our attention the issues there as a result of working with local elected officials Casteel said But Malatek said funding is also a problem especially See TXDOT Page 9A By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The runoff election between County CourtatLaw 2 can didates Charles Stephens II and Randy Gray might hinge on the voter turnout for two other runoff elections April 13 Only 76 votes separated Stephens and Gray in the March 9 primary with Stephens getting votes 44 percent and Gray tallying votes 43 STEPHENS VS GRAY Stephens owes his primary election advantage to his strong showing in Precincts 1 and 4 where runoff elections are being contested in the county commissioners race and constables race Stephens outpolled Gray by 234 votes in Precinct 1 despite carrying only three of the six voting precincts See COURT Page 8A Losers backers key to constable contest Filing date looms for May races From Staff Reports Mondayis the last day to file for a rxan1M9y 15 election ballots Of the seven Comal independent School District districts Districtsaand7are up tor election CISD central office 1421N Business 35 For intonation caU 2212000 In New Braunfels Districts land 2 are up for election Council twMitidnipfi must bp voters who have lived m their have bmi resides of district for six three years Candidates far CJSP board of trustee elections must file by 5 pjn Monday at May 11 crested can fiJe at the Mumc Ave for infor mation call City Secretary Michael Resende O1821QO 234 By Dylan Jimdnez Staff Writer The outcome of the Comal County Precinct 4 constable runoff April 13 could hinge upon the endorsements of the two losers in the March 9 pri mary The runoff pits retired 20 year veteran law enforcement officer Doug Dunlap against deputy constable Shane Bapp Alan Svoboda who finished third in the fourperson race DUNUAP VS RAPP said Friday he could announce next week whom he plans to support in next months election The endorsement could carry significant weight as Svobodas 384 votes in the pri mary represented 23 percent of the total votes cast Defeated candidate Al Marin announced Friday he See Page 8A Check us out on the web at wp 188 Downtown New Braunlola   

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