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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 3, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas SMS iPT I2004 Comal County Contested races only Unofficial returns President/Vice President COMAL COUNTY TAX FREEZE PROPOSTTIONFOR    AGAINST32,269    5,738 Vol. 153, No. 304 16 pages, 2 sections C K i 8 ""56825 000011 Mostly sunny High Low 65 40 Details .... 2B DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS 48 COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 38 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 8A TV GRIDS 48 WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3,2004 Zeitung NEW BRAUNFELS TAX FREEZE PROPOSITION 1 (Earty returns not ■writable)FOR AGAINST2,078 1,003 NEW BRAUNFELS ENRGROUNDS PROPOSITION 2 (Early returns not amiable)FOR AGAINST3,198 Bush/Cheney (R)    xxxx Kerry/Edwards (D)    xxxx Badnarik/Campagna    (L)    xxxx U.S. Representative District 21 Lamar Smith (R)    115,036It looks like Bush to win Rhett R. Smith (D)    72,250 J.R. Molina (D)    9,112 Jason Pratt (L)    4,719 U.S. Representative District 28 James F. Hopson (R)    1,755 Henry Cuellar (D)    1,998 Ken Ashby (L)    83 Railroad Commissioner Victor G. Carrillo (R)    27,869 Bob Scarborough (D) 10,014 Anthony Garcia (L)    1,329 Justice, Supreme Court Place 9 Scott Brister (R)    29,723 David Van Os (D)    8,974 By Ron Fournier AP Political Writer WASHINGTON — President Bush and challenger John Kerry sweated out a tension-packed conclusion to the race between an embattled incumbent and a Democrat who questioned the war he waged in Iraq. Ohio loomed as this year’s Florida, the decisive state, with Kerry’s options dwindling. As of 1:45 a.m., the race had not been decided, but according to several major news organizations, Bush lacked only one electoral vote to get the 270 needed for re-election. Bush won Florida, the state he nailed down four years ago only after a 36-day recount and Supreme Court decision. Kerry hung on to the Democratic prize of Pennsylvania, but had precious few places to pick up electoral votes that went Republican in 2000. He took New I lampshire from Bush, but it has only four electoral votes. That leaves just Ohio and Nevada, and Kerry wasn’t conceding either. "The vote count in Ohio has not been completed,” said Kerry campaign manager Mary Beth Cahill. "There are more than 250,000 remaining votes to be counted. We believe when they are, John Kerry will win Ohio.” Not so, according to Bush’s advisers who told the president he would win Ohio. President Bush and challenger John Kerry sweated out a tension-packed conclusion to the race between an embattled incumbent See ELECTION, Page 6A PRESIDENT Bush    Kerry Republican    Democrat Justice, 3rd Court of Appeals, Place 4 Bill Green (R)    27,887 Jan Patterson (D)    10,755 Justice, 3rd Court of Appeals, Place 6 passes By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Although the city’s early vote count wasn’t completed until early this morning, unofficial results Tuesday night showed 2,078 voters in six voting districts voted for Proposition I to freeze city property taxes, and 1,003 voted against it. Called Proposition I on Tuesday’s ballot, the measure was passed last year by BO percent of the voters across the state, and provided that local residents could petition the city and/or county to force a vote on the issue. A group New Braunfels seniors, led by Wayne Rudolph, led a petition drive early this summer to force the New Braunfels City (Council to put the measure up for election. I lowever, council voted unanimously in June to put the measure on the Nov. 2 ballot. Mayor Adam (Cork said the general election would allow more voters to vote on the issue. “I think we should have as many people in the community as jxissi-ble vote on the issue," Cork said in June. (kirk said Tuesday night, before the early vote count, it would now be up to council to minimize the impact of the property tax freeze. “It’ll be our job to bring in as much economic development as possible to minimize the impact of , Proposition I,” he said. Cork argued this summer that freezing property taxes for senior citizens would shift the burden of paying for services to younger property owners. "lf we were to freeze property taxes for seniors, an extreme example would be if seniors petitioned for a $100 million swimming pool and tennis court, and it passed because of die senior vote,” See FREEZE, Page 3A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2 Lawrence Meyers (R) 30,904 Quanah Parker (L)    3,805 Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 5 Cheryl Johnson (R)    31,190 Tom Oxford (L)    3,323 . Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 6 Michael E. Keasler (R) 29,515 Tax freeze Parker upsets Zamora in Commissioner’s race SPOKij FOOTBALL Mike Hernandez spells versatility for the New Braunfels Unicorns offense. Page 8A FORUM COLUMN I Guest columnist David Will I tells how the new tree, land-j scape ordinance could bene-| fit the city. Page 4A NEW BRAUNFELS CAN BAN PROPOSITION 3 (Earty returns not avlabto)FOR    AGAINST722    2,501 Bob Pemberton (R)    28,293 Diane Henson (D)    10,330 Comal County Commissioner, Precinct 1 Greg Parker (R)    2,878 Cristina Zamora (D)    2,298 Comal County Constable, Precinct 2 Kenneth Smith (R)    10,252 Peter Kerkez (Write-in) 86 By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Republican challenger Greg Parker upset Precinct 3 Commissioner Cristina Zamora in what had always been a Comal County Democratic stronghold — inner New Braunfels. In Precinct 3, which includes many Hispanic neighborhoods in New Braunfels and along the Interstate 35 corridor, Zamora pulled 2,298 votes — 45.8 percent of the ballots cast — to go down to Pttrker’s 2,878 or 54.2 percent. Reached at the Republican Party headquarters, Parker, 34, called Tuesday a great day for Precinct 3. "Not only has the precinct voted for change, but they voted to make his tory,’’ Parker said, noting he is tile first African Amer-ican to run for and be elected to public office in the 156-year history of the county. “I’m the youngest commissioner ever elected, mid the first Republican ever elected from Precinct 3,” Parker said. When he takes office Jan. I, 2005, Parker said he would work to accom- US REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 21 Lamar Smith re-elected in District 21 By Scott Mahon Staff Writer U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, fended off two challengers Tuesday to win the District 21 congressional race. Smith was opposed by Democrat Rhett Smith, a former auditor for the Texas Department of Human Services, and Austin Libertarian jason Pratt. At 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Smith led with 115,036 votes, or 59.9 percent; Rhett Smith had 72,250, or 37.6 percent, and Pratt had 4,719, or 2.46 percent. Smith serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property of the I louse Judiciary committee. The sub committee has jurisdiction over digital rights, copyright and patent protections and e-commerce. He also served on the House Science committee, and is third in seniority. ixist year, he was selected to be a member of the new Select (Committee on Homeland Security, which See SMITH, Page 3A CLICK    ON    TNI WBS: Check the Herald- LICK b Zeitung's Web site throughout the day Wednesday for updated results: — MANDY REARY Tferald-Zeituny With congratulations coming in from Karen Diver, left, and Andrea Boldt at the Republican headquarters, Greg Parker is so excited about his win that he calls friends and family to share the moment with them. plish the cornerstones of I his campaign. “I’m going to focus in on j economic development, training and transporta- I don,” Parker said. Zamora said she con- j gratulated Parker and j wished him good luck. “T he people spoke for ; what they want," Zamora j said late Tuesday. "It was j See PARKER, Page 3A j Lamar Smith Rhett Smith 59.9%    37.6% Parker    Zamora54.2%    45.8%Think “DIAMOND BRACELET” for Christmas! Lay-Away Now 651 N Business LH. 35 240 New Braunfels Marketplace (830)625-3203 ;