New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 8, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
Sunday, May 8, 2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 7ABulverde picks two new council members Turnout near 15 percent in city election
By Ron Maloney
BULVERDE — For Cindy Cross, the fourth tune was the charm Saturday.
Cross, a former Bulverde planning commissioner who has run for the offices of mayor and alderman, was the top vote getter among four candidates for alderman in Saturday’s municipal election with 483 votes.
Robin Urbanovsky, who became involved in Bulverde affairs over the issues surrounding the proposed Home Depot, tallied 467 to take the second open spot.
Former Bulverde East Mayor Bill Wilson received 296 votes, while incumbent Charlie Baetz received 231.
Bulverde is a general law city under the Texas Local Government Code. Its aldermen serve at large for two-year terms.
A total of 1,478 votes were cast by some 700 voters who were to vote for two candidates each with the two with the highest totals winning the offices. Officials said 240 of
Seguin suspect faces attemped murder charge
By Ashley Matthews
SEGUIN — A man shot after allegedly hitting a pair of Seguin officers with his vehicle will be charged with attempted capital murder, said Seguin Police Detective Sgt. Maureen Watson.
Seguin Public Information Officer linda Duncan said more charges could be pending as die case is still under investigation.
The suspect, identified Saturday morning as Severn Vasquez III, 29, of Houston, Is being interviewed by Texas Rangers after he was released from San Antonio’s Brooke Army Medical (tenter.
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Corporal Susan Stubbs were both airlifted to BAMC on Friday night-
Stublis has been released after suffering contusions and a lacer-ation on her left leg, which required stitches. Another officer, John Ruiz, was treated at Seguin’s Guadalupe Valley I los-pital and released. Officials say Ruiz may have suffered a fractured right ami.
Seguin Police Detective Sgt. Maureen Watson said at approximately 6 p.m., Friday, an off-duty Texas Ranger reported an assault in progress to Seguin police that was reportedly occurring inside a vehicle.
Watson said police responded to the call and chased the vehicle to Cemetery and West College streets, where Vasquez crashed into a residential fence. After allegedly disobeying commands to surrender and attempting to flee, authorities say his vehicle struck officers Ruiz and Stubbs.
Shots were fired at the suspect, and Watson said Vasquez was hit twice — once in the upper left ann and once in the upper left chest.
the votes were cast in early balloting.
The result, and the repudiation of incumbent Baetz, came at the conclusion of another contentious election in Comal County’s youngest city, which sits astride U.S. 281 at Texas 46 and is experiencing the kind of community pains that come with rampant growth.
Questions over how to manage that growth have divided the community.
Baetz said he was pleased at the turnout, and was gracious in his statement following the defeat.
“Hey, there were 700 people who voted,” Baetz said. “That’s a pretty good number. They won and they get a shot to take care of things.”
The “they” he referred to were Cross and Urbanovsky, who Bulverde political observers say will bring a different viewpoint on growth — and much change to council.
“This is a victory for the entire community — it’s absolutely fantastic,” Cross
said. “It’s a very sweet victory. All things happen the way they are supposed to happen.”
Cross said she would strive to make intelligent decisions for the community, be smart about growth and follow Bul-verde’s comprehensive plan for growth and development.
Like Cross, Urbanovsky was delighted.
“The people have spoken. They were ready for a change,” Urbanovsky said. “I think they were tired of all the bickering.”
Urbanovsky said her goal was to help bring the city together.
“We have so much divisiveness out here,” Urbanovsky said. “We need unity because there is so much that needs to be done because of our growth.”
Saturday’s election came just days after the resignation for health reasons of Mayor Bill Cole, and days before the Bulverde council is to appoint a new mayor pro tem or reappoint former alderman and mayor Bev Lemes to the post.
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By Ron Maloney
New Braunfels voters Saturday dumped the mayor, narrowly removed an incumbent and decided 39 amendments to the city’s charter.
In Bulverde, an incumbent took a drubbing from a perennial city council candidate.
Turnout in the western Comal County city that is often torn by political strife nudged above 20 percent, with some 700 of 3,300 registered voters casting ballots in the at-large elections for two councilmembers.
But in New Braunfels, turnout in this city’s municipal election, if nothing to write home about at 14.77 percent, far surpassed that in the Comal Independent School District, which saw a turnout of 4.39 percent across districts 3 and 4 in Canyon Lake.
Comal County conducted the elections for New Braunfels and the CIS!).
County Elections Coordinator Linnell Hinojosa said
she thought the turnout was pretty good for a municipal election in New Braunfels.
“I think the city had a fairly high turnout," I linojosa said. “I think it was probably because of the mayor’s race.
In all, 4,358 votes were cast in New Braunfels. On April 7, there were 29,498 registered voters.
In 1999, turnout of the city’s 22,607 registered voters was
3,094, or 13.69 percent when Stoney Williams beat Robert Kendrick to become mayor.
In 2002, 3,245 of the city’s 27,462 registered voters cast ballots for a turnout of 11.82 percent when Cork defeated Burke I larrison.
The Comal Independent School District saw 603 of the 13,602 voters in districts 3 and 4 cast ballots for turnout of 4.39 percent.
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