New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 14, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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COURT-AT-LAW 2 JUDGE
PCT. 4 CONSTABLE
Runoff: That’s a Rapp
Shane Rapp receives a congratulatory hug from his mother, Norma Keeton, after being declared the winner in the Precinct 4 Constable race Tuesday night.
Incumbent Dawson keeps seat
■ 4,799 of 61.187 registered county voters (7.8 percent) cast ballots in the runoffs.
! That is more than eight-tenths of 5,816 votes cast March 9 .
In the 2002 Republican primary runoffs, turnout was 1,570, about one-third that of the primary.
By Ron Malonay
Precinct I Commissioner Jack Dawson will serve a third term on commissioners’ court.
In the primary runoff Tuesday, Dawson, who pulled 1,191 votes (57.8 percent of 2,059 votes cast in Precinct I) defeated challenger Bob Wickman, who got 868 votes (42.2 percent).
Dawson’s win is tantamount to winning the gener-
DAWSON 1,191 (58 porcont)
DUNLAP 868 (42 percent)
a1 election because he’s unopposed in November.
A county commissioner represents one-fourth of the county’s residents on commissioners’ court, the county’s governing body.
Dawson said he appreciated voters’ support — particularly those in New Braunfels who helped him offset Wickman’s strong showing in the Canyon Lake area.
“I got nearly 58 percent of the vote, which is the best I’ve ever done in three terms and two runoffs,’’ Dawson said. “I’m proud of my supporters and thankful they put me back in office. They’re smart enough to know what they have, know what they want and like what they have, which is the best county government in Texas. And I’m proud to be a part of that.’’
See DAWSON, Page 3A
Less-experienced challenger edges veteran for Pct 4 constable position
By Dylan Jim6nez
Precinct 4 voters chose Shane Rapp over his more experienced opponent, Doug Dunlap, for constable in T uesday’s runoff.
The two squared off to determine who would replace Constable Ben Scroggin, whose district was recently RAPP redrawn.
670 (53 porcont) SciOggin
DUNLAP ran un°P-
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Precinct I and supported Rapp, who has worked for Scroggin as deputy constable since January 2003.
“In January 2005, all four constables will be working together as a cohesive team in support of county objectives,” Scroggin said.
Scroggin said that, in the past, county constables had worked independently but that he had commitments from the elected constables that when they take office Jan. I, 2005, they would end that division.
Rapp was the final piece of that plan. “I’m very excited,” Rapp said. “It s wonderful."
After the results came in, Rapp and Scroggin could not stop embracing and laughing with joy.
Scroggin, Sherif! Bob I folder and defeated primary candidate Alan Svoboda all backed Rapp.
See RAPP. Page 3A
Stephens comes from behind to win
City wants river ban on ‘beer bongs’
By Scott Mahon
See TAX, Page 2A
By Ron Maloney
Comal County voters affirmed Tuesday the appointment of Judge Charles Stephens, electing him to a four-year term on the County Court-at-Law 2 bench.
Stephens, who practiced law in New Braunfels and Canyon Lake before commissioners appointed him in September to start the county’s second court-at-law, defeated New Braunfels attorney Randy Gray 2,541 votes (53.6 percent) to 2,199 (46.4 percent).
For Stephens, election night was a come-from-behind fight. I ie overcame the challenger’s lead in early voting and
New Braunfels City Council members agreed Tuesday to draft an ordinance banning "beer bongs” on the rivers, even though cities lack authority to regulate alcohol.
District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine has pressed council for months to do something about beer bongs — long tubes connected to funnels from which people drink alcohol.
“They present a bad image, and they discourage families from Ken Valentine using the rivers,” he said.
Valentine asked council Tuesday to draft an ordinance “allowing the consumption of beverages from only original and factory containers.”
"This is not the image we want to promote,” Valentine said, showing photos of young adults using beer bongs.
See BHK, Page 2A
Stephens New Braunfels
2,541 (54 ptfCOTt) precincts with wins in
gray Canyon Lake and
2,199 (46 percent) elsewhere in the
The race played out similar to the primary election one month ago, in which Stephens fell short of the votes he needed to avoid a runoff.
“We knew it would be a little rough at the beginning,” Stephens said. “We just had to hold on.”
Stephens thanked his wife, campaign workers and volunteers.
“We called 5,500 people — we had a hundred people doing it — and that’s
See STBPNBBMI, Page 3A
DAVID INGRAM/ Herald-Zeiturtg
Campaign volunteer Howard Freeman, left, and County Court-at-Law judge candidate Randy Gray get in a little last-minute campaigning Tuesday afternoon at the Comal County Senior Citizen Center.
Office was too ‘taxing’ on NBISD budget
By Dylan Jim6nez
New Braunfels school district will save $141,500 next year by closing its tax office.
Tuesday, New Braunfels Independent School District tmstees voted 6 to 0, with Rob johnson abstaining, to close the office.
I he (Tty of New Braunfels paid $56,000 and NBISD chipped in $99,000 to run the tax office. City council decided recently to use Comal County to collect its taxes, leaving NBISD to hind the $155,000 operation entirely.
After dosing the office, NBISD will pay the county $13,500 per year to collect
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