New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 14, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
MARCH 14, 2004
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7-8CCommissioner race loser calls recount
By Ron Maloney
Comal County Monday will recount votes cast in Tuesday’s Precinct I Commissioner election.
Saturday, Comal County Republican Party Chairman Don Hensz said candidate Diane Dasher, who finished
■ See related story, BELOW
third in the race behind incumbent Jack Dawson and challenger Bob Wickman, called for the recount Friday.
I lensz said it would be his first recount.
“We’ve not, from a party point of view, had a recount for
the 18 years I’ve been involved,” Hensz said. “Diane asked for it, and it’s in complete cooperation with the courthouse.” Dawson received 1,067 votes Tuesday (46.72 percent) to Wickman’s 658 votes (28.81 percent). Dasher was third with 559 (24.47 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 Saturday, Dasher said she was seeking the recount for the sake of accountability.
THE POLITICS OF ROADWORK
Local officials must team up to lobby TxDOT for highway improvements
By Scott Mahon
As funding for highways has dwindled, it’s become more imperative for local officials to lobby the Texas Department of Transportation for Comal County's transportation needs.
Randy Haugh, Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce’s transportation committee chairman, said getting
1-35 widened exemplifies a unified and proactive effort.
“Comal County is experiencing an explosion of growth, and it s exceeding our transportation system," Haugh said. “But the efforts made by local government officials to get 1-35 widened exemplifies the fact that you have to be proactive with TxDOT to get results."
The San Antonio district
comprises 12 counties, including Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Frio, Guadalupe, Kendall, Kerr, McMullen, Medina, Uvalde and Wilson counties.
The district’s estimated population is 1,890,028, and more than 36 million vehicles travel its highways daily.
David Casteel, TxDOT’s San Antonio district engineer, said even though districts are
more centralized, TxDOT’s local engineers work closely with local officials.
“Greg Malatek, our area engineer in New Braunfels, is our primary contact in (fomal County, so 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
Filing date looms for May races
From Staff Reports
Monday is the last day to file for a place on local city and school board May 15 election ballots.
Of the seven Comal Independent School District single-member districts, I Astricts 6 and 7 are up for election.
(Candidates must be registered voters, ai id have been residents of the district for six months. Terms are three years.
(Candidates for CISD board of trustee elections must file by 5 p.m. Monday at
CISD central office, 1421 N. Business 35.
For information, call 221 -2000.
In New Braunfels, Districts I and 2 are up for election.
Council candidates must be qualified voters who have lived in their district ai least one year. Terms are three years.
Those interested can file at die Municipal Building, 424 S. Castell Ave. For inf ormation, call City Secretary Michael Resendez, 608-2100, ext. 234.
Early voting begins April 28 and ends May ll.
“After the election two years ago when certain races in this county received the same number of votes, people became distraught with the voting process.” Dasher said. “With mathematical odds against such an occurrence in the billions, accusations of ballot tampering, (voting
See RECOUNT, Page 9A
PRECINCT-BY-PRECINCT S Vote totals by voting precincts for runoff races M Maps detail precinct locations. f \ A v What it might take to win the runoffs
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Wickman will need Dasher’s supporters
By Ron Maloney
To beat incumbent Precinct I Commissioner Jack Dawson in the April 13 runoff, Bob Wickman will have to scramble to woo Diane Dasher’s supporters.
Wickman, a retired U.S. Air Force officer, said he would seek the backing of Dasher’s voters to break Dawson’s two-term hold on the Precinct I commissioner’s chair.
■ DAWSON VS. WICKMAN
Dawson did not return calls for comment.
In Tuesday’s primary, Dawson received 1,067 votes (46.72 percent) to Wickman’s 658 votes (28.81 percent). Dasher was third with 559 votes (24.47 percent).
Election night, Wickman said if his support and Dasher’s were combined, it would
See COUNTY. Page 8A
Other races might pull votes for judge
By Scott Mahon
T he runoff election between County Court-at-Law 2 candidates Charles Stephens ll 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 2,412 votes (44 percent) and Gray tallying 2,336 votes (43 percent).
■ STEPHENS VS. GRAY
Stephens owes his primary election advantage to his strong showing in Precincts I and 4, where runoff elections are being contested in the county commissioner’s race and constable’s race.
Stephens outpolled Gray by 234 votes in Precinct I, despite carrying only three of the six voting precincts — 104, 105
See COURT Page 8A
Losers’ backers key to constable contest
By Dylan Jimenez
T he outcome of the (fontal County Precinct 4 constable runoff April 13 could hinge upon the endorsements of tile two losers in the March 9 primary.
The runoff pits retired 20-year veteran law enforcement officer Doug Dunlap against deputy constable Shane Rapp.
Alan Svoboda, who finished third in the four-person race,
ll DUNLAP VS RAPP
said Friday he could announce next week whom he plans to support in next month’s election.
The endorsement could carry significant weight as Svoboda’s 384 votes in the primary represented 23 percent of the total votes cast.
Defeated candidate Al Marin announced friday he
See CONSTABLE. Page 8A
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Texas Department of Transportation New Braunfels Area Engineer Greg Malatek talks with Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek about future road projects in and around the city.
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