New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 3, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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WEDNESDAY November 3, 1982 25 cents
New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 91—No. 214 28 Pages-2 Sections (LISPS 377-880)
Clark, Wetz, Mund win;
Staff photo by Cir'dy Richardson
Rosie Bosenbury gets a victory hug from husband Paul
Kuempel, Bosenbury pace GOP victories
Unlike the state voting trend. Republicans fared quite well in Comal County, capturing the majority of the lot at contested races and the contest for slate representative of this area
In what remained a close race to the end. Republican Kosie Bosenbury defeated Democrat Betty Moorhead in her quest for County Clerk
And in the race for state representative of district til. which includes Comal, Kendall and Guadalupe Counties Republican Edmund Kuempel from Seguin won by a sizeable majority over Democrat John Taylor of McQueeney
I vocally. Kuempel was the obvious favorite of Comal County voters. He received 6,234 local votes. This compares to Taylor’s total in Comal County of 3,963
Kuempel was also the favorite in tile other two counties picking up a sizeable margin in those areas. In Guadalupe County, Kuempel got 6,745 votes to Taylor's 5,025. Iii Kendall County, he won by almost a 2 to I margin, receiving 2,372 votes to Taylor 'n 1,070 votes.
US. Rep. Tom Coef Her iR-Hunti abo had no trouble defeating his Democratic opponent Charlie Stough from Boerne, in the 21st Congressional District, which covers Comal County
Of the 322 precincts t of a total of 345 precincts) reporting, Daffier retrieved 100,788 votes to Stough's 33,540
The County Clerk s race, one of the more highly publicized in this election, was close until the last voting precinct was counted Moorhead lost that race by 330 votes.
She received 5.019 votes to Bosen-bury’s 5,358 The other locally contested county race was not as close, however.
Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Howard ‘ Curly” Smith. Republican, had no trouble iii defeating his Democratic opponent Carrol R. Matlieny. Smith beat Matheny by an almost two-lo-one margin. Smith received 602 votes, while Matheny raked in 316.
Contacted after the race. Bosenbury commented that she felt "the voters really studied the issues and tile candidates for the race to be as close as it was.”
Hut by the voters choosing her. Bosenbury felt that she was obviously the better qualified."
M n»i head, w ho eongradulated Bosenbury on her win, noted that she and the many people who worked for her campaign did the best they could."
it s the Lord’s will,” said Moorhead at her campaign party. "I guess he’s just got something better in mind for me.”
When asked if she might run for this office again, Moorhead remarked. “I just might you never know.”
Bosenbury s first priority now that she's been elected is to work with Irene Nuhn, the current County Clerk to ‘get myself ready for the job.”
Nuhn, who w ill retire as County Clerk after serving iii that capacity since 1964, congratulated Bosenbury after the returns were in.
"You’re not going to have an easy time of it Rosie," said Nuhn.
"Well I hope to bt* half as good as you were,” Bosenbury responded.
Bv JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Two new faces will appear in Commissioners Court in January as a result of Tuesday’s election.
GGP candidate Fred Clark was overwhelmingly picked by county voters over his Democratic opponent Chester Pehl as the new county judge.
Clark — who will replace retiring County Judge Max Womrnack at the end of this year received 6,408 votes to Pehl’s 3.870.
The second new face that of W.N. "Bill" George, a self-employed road contractor from Canyon I .ake came as a surprise to many county officials.
George beat incumbent Precinct 4 County Commissioner O.R. Heitkamp by 329 votes. Heitkamp, a Democrat seeking his third term, received 1,198 votes to George's of 1,527.
In commissioner precincts 2 and 3, voters favored the incumbent Democrats Monroe Wet/ and Charles "Tart” Mund, respectively.
Wetz won over his Republican contender, Al Benson, by 440 votes. Wetz. seeking his fourth term, received 1,363 votes to Benson's 923.
Mund defeated Republican Lorenzo "Yankee" Camarillo. The incumbent got 1.021 votes to Camarillo’s 776.
Precinct I Commissioner J.L Jumbo" Evans, a Republican, was also re-elected to another term.
He was unopposed.
The winners were all naturally quite pleased w ith the results of Tuesday ’s election.
leading the list was 45-year-old Clark, a local attorney, who thought that Tuesday s election "showed the voters’ intelligence" in picking someone with a legal background for the job of county judge.
"I think it shows they voters* voted atter considering the qualification 'or this office,’
Clark noted I think they feel like the time has come to have a person tram* ii law in th s >?'-flee."
"People realize that we’re going to be facing a lot of complex problems ..from growth and all that comes from it," Clark added. "The time has past," he said, "for the 'good ol' boy' image that theme is no longer succesful.”
Since the beginning of his campaign. Clark has repeatedly stressed that a county judge needed to have a legal background. Pehl, a local car salesman < who was unavailable for comment by
press time) did not think a legal background was necessary' for the job.
Mund and Wetz, both at a party w hen Tuesday‘s results came in. had different thoughts about their re-election.
"When you've got as many people working for you as I have, it really makes a difference," remarked Wetz. "The candidate Himself never makes it alone Ifs the people you have to thank
"There’s no such thing as I did it alone’," Wetz added.
Mund was also grateful to those who worked for his campaign. He took his re-election as a sign that the people of his precinct thought he was doing a good job.
I'm hoping that they feel like tliat...if they didn t they’d have let me know." he said
Heitkamp, obviously surpised by Tuesday ’s results had only one comment. "That’s the way the cookie crumbles," he noted in a telephone interview.
Benson commended Wetz for carrying on a good campaign and noted that his experience was a "moral victory for me to take on an incumbent and do as well as I did."
There is a Texas election tradition...and tradition of a good loser and a gracious winner...and it is only fair to salute the good temper...good faith, and good judgment of our local winners and losers alike," Benson read from a prepared statement (’amarillo, the only Mexican American to run for a local race, remarked that he was real pleased with the Hispanic vote "
I’m happy with the voter turnout, bul the problem was that I was running as a Republican candidate Hint caused a lot of confusion among the hispanic vote," said Camarillo.
They wanted to vote Democratic (straight ticket!, yet at the same time they wanted to vote for me,” he added It was a matter of being confused.”
White's upset leads Demo sweep
Bv THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Texas Democrats shattered Republican dreams Tuesday for another four years in the governor's mansion and set back for years the OOP’s hope for true two-party politics here.
Without exception. Democratic candidates defeated well financed Republican nominees including Gov. Bill Clements, the first GGP Texas governor since Reconstruction
Clements, 65, who liked to brag that he was a businessman, not a politician, fell before Democratic Attorney General Mark White, 42, who Clements called a career politician.
Also winning big was U S Sen Lloyd Bentsen, 61, D-T’exas, who got a third six-year term despite a $3 million challenge thrown at him by Republican Jim Collins, 66, a Dallas congressman.
' The people turned out in extremely high numbers," said a jubilant White.
Reports from the News Election Service indicated a turnout of almost 3 million, compared to the 2.3 million voters when Clements was elected in 1978.
"The Republican Party in Texas is now relegated to where it was IO to 15 years ago," said former Gov. Dolph Briscoe of Uvalde, who started White in state politics "The utility issue, I think, was tile turning point,” said White. He bore down heavy in closing campaign appearances on soaring light hills and blamed Clements for letting the Public Utility Commission favor the big power companies In an emotional news conference after midnight. Clements told supporters, "It looks as if we will indeed have a new governor of Texas. Rita and I wish Mark White success for all Texans. There is nothing else to say. That s the way it is."
"I have said all along that there is no Republican economy or Democratic economy. lf we are to end the recession and get our country back on track it will require the highest degree of coope ration among business, labor and government."
With 97 percent of the slate’s precincts reporting, White had a 54 percent edge over Clements with 46 percent. Bentsen piled up 59 percent of the vote to 41 percent for Collins.
Clements carried Dallas County, hut White got a good vote there. White carried Harris County, hut Clements got a good vote too Bexar went to Clements by a narrow margin along w ith Tarrant but White took Cameron, El Paso, Hidalgo,
Nueces, Grange, Travis and Wichita counties.
Three thousand veers were surveyed us they left the ballot box in an AP-NbC poll, and 80 percent of those1 w ho said they voted for White said unemployment was the major issue in the race Clements supporters said the top issue was President Reagan's economic program Clements contended throughout the campaign Blat the race was not a test of Reaganomics He said Texas was iii much better economic sh »pe tiian other states White blamed Clements for all of Texas’ troubles from Hie oil industry's price slump to the credit crunch. L in unemployment to high utility rates.
In oilier statewide Democratic-Republican races:
Et. Gov. Bill Hobby, 50, Democrat, won another
See IEX AS, Page 16AInsideToday's Weathei
Comal County forecast calls for windy, cloudy and cooler this afternoon, with a 50 percent chance of light rain. Skies w ill clear tonight, and Thursday will be clear and cool. Winds will bt* from the north at 20-25 mph today, then diminishing tonight becoming light northerly by Thursday morning. Sunset will be 5:43 p.m., and sunrise Thursday will be 6 46 a.m.
DEATHS ................. 2A
KALEIDOSCOPE „____1 12B
Democrats gain in House, Republicans hold onto Senate
Republican strategists said today that Democratic House gains iii the midterm election could force President Reagan to be more accommodating or face a stalemated Congress for the rest of his term.
The president declared himself pleased that Republicans had retained control of the Senate but struck a conciliatory note, saying he had compromised before and was prepared to do so again.
Reagan told reporters in the White House Rose Garden at mid-morning he had "been through the long night."
He vowed not to compromise on principle but said, "There have been concessions and compromises in both directions on all of the major issues (in the first two years) and we
expect to continue to work with the Congress in that way."
White House Chief of Staff James A. Baker III acknowledged that the election of more House Democrats indicates "we may have to compromise some more" w hen the 98th Congress takes office iii January, but he predicted the conservative coalition that enabled Reagan to cut spending and taxes would remain intact.
Baker held out hope that at least some of the new Democrats will tx the same kind of boll-weevil Democrats that we’ve been able to attract in the past. ... It’s gonna be tougher to pull tliat coalition together in the House, but we’ve by no means lost Blat coalition.
Democratic House Speaker Thomas P. G’Neill Jr. called the
election "a disastrous defeat for the president." He said it "showed that America doesn’t agree with the unfairness policy of the president."
"I Bur k what the American people said was, Stay the course,’” said Republican Party chairman Richard Richards,
However, Senate Republican leader Howard ll Baker Jr. worried aloud that the new Democrats iii the House could give O’Neill tile power to bottle up Reagan administration proposals.
"My greatest fear is that with an enhanced Democratic majority in the House and Republican majority in the Senate we may have difficulty in deciding what the legislative agenda ought to be, and that might
See NATION, Page 16A
Local races at-a-glance
Here are the unofficial totals of Comal County’s contested races (Republicans listed first I:County Judge
Fred Clark ...............6,408
Commissioner, Pet. 2
Commissioner Pct. 3
Charles "Tart” Mund 1.021
Commissioner Pct. 4
W.N. "Bill" George.........1,527
O R. Heitkamp.............1,198
JP, Pct. 4
Howard ‘Curly’ Snuth....... 602
Carrol Matheny .............312State Hep., Dist. 46
John Taylor..............10,087U.S. Rep., Dist. 21
Tom I/oeffler............ 105,286
Monroe Wetz wins new term Charles "Tart" Mund on top