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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 8, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas N E W (jksfcfcHN FELS 0Herald-Zeitung'-I.V. .: it,-^TZT. Vol. 149 No. 272 20 pages in 2 sections November 8, Wednesday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents New Braunfels    Wolverton hangs voters OK sales tax on to Guadalupe . changes/Below    seat/7A Spain returns to NBISD board; Kempert wins/Below ms Texas Republicans    High court keeps win big in state    its GOP look/6A Legislature^ Comal County voting results by precincts Bush appears to win tight race File Photo George Bush was in Austin on election night. Many of his supporters gathered at the Capitol to await election results. By Ron Fournier AP Political Writer George W. Bush and Al Gore fought state-* by-state in an agonizingly close presidential election Tuesday that gave voters a choice of four more years of Democratic rule or a Republican “fresh start.” TV networks projected Bush the winner, igniting GOP celebrations in Austin. The Republicans retained control of the Senate and looked likely to keep a small majority in the House as well. The last time the Republicans held theElection results online Check the Herald-Zeitung’s web site at for updates throughout today as this story continues to evolve. House, Senate and presidency was after the 1952 election. In the end, after 2 a.m. EST, it all came down to Florida. The networks said the state was Bush’s and it would put him over the top. AP’s analysis showed the narrowest of margins with final votes still being tallied. Bush was poised to claim his prize. Florida had been the epicenter of the campaign and Tuesday night was chaotic. At one point news organizations said Gore was the winner, but they backtracked as more votes were counted and Bush eased ahead. Deeply divided voters were keeping Congress under GOP control, by a razor-thin margin. Bush or Gore, the next president will submit his first-year agenda to a deeply divided Congress. Gore won big battlegrounds in Pennsylvania, Michigan and California while Bush claimed Texas, Ohio and a string of smaller states, including Gore’s Tennessee and Bill Clinton’s Arkansas. Green Party candidate Ralph Nader had just 3 percent of the national vote, but did well enough in to potentially tip several states to Bush. The closeness of the day’s voting demonstrated deep division in the country and bestowed no clear mandate. Turnout strong, but no record From staff reports Comal County voters turned out in droves Tuesday to decide a pair of hotly contested local propositions, unseat a six-term county incumbent and help determine who would be the next president of the United States. While a record 32,895 voters cast ballots Tuesday, on a basis of percent of registered voters, that represented a turnout of only 58 percent of die 56,000 registered voters. In 1992,25,000 of the county’s then 31,000 registered voters cast ballots for a total turnout of 80 percent. Voting in the county fell well short of the 1992 record but was a great turnout nonetheless, elections coordinator Linnell Hinojosa said. “The state predicted a 61 percent turnout,” Hinojosa said. “Comal County usually has a higher percentage than the state’s forecast. Comal County voters like to vote, and George W. Bush is on the ballot. This is a Republican county.” “Boy, is this ever a Republican county,” county employee Cynthia Jaquia said. The turnout in 2000 is not calculated on the same basis it was in 1992, Hinojosa said. * See TURNOUT/7A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Sherman Krause, who won the race for Comal County tax assessor-collector Tuesday, gets a warm welcome from Genny Hensz at the Republican headquarters Tuesday night. City voters approve sales tax propositions seen by the city’s infrastructure and improvement corp, board of directors. The 4B tax revenues originally were dedicated to two pools of funds: one-eighth of I percent for streets and drainage projects and one-eighth of I percent for other improvement projects. That will all change after Tuesday’s election. Proposition I on Tuesday’s ballot was to allow the city to use 4B funds for sports venues. Voters approved the proposition See CITY/7A By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer New Braunfels residents narrowly voted* to give the city more choices on how it can spend part of its sales tax dollars Tuesday. Voters approved two propositions that change the way the city allocates a portion of its sales tax dollars and give the city more ways to use that money. “I’m surprised that both of them passed,” Mayor Stoney Williams said Tuesday. “I thought at least one would fail.” New Braunfels voters adopted a halfpercent of the city’s total 1.5 percent in a 1995 election. One-eighth of I percent went to property tax reduction. A second one-eighth of I percent went to fund economic development activities. It was called the 4A tax, in reference to its enabling law. The city’s economic development corporation board of directors was in charge of that money. The remaining one-fourth of I percent sales tax is called the 4B tax and is over- Spain, Kempert clinch NBISD board seats By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer A familiar face and two new ones earned seats on the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees Tuesday. Almost 20 percent of the district’s registered voters cast ballots to decide two at-large positions on the school board, and more than ll percent of them made their decisions during early voting. Trustee Bette Spain won her third term on the board by pulling in the biggest haul of SPAIN votes — 44.5 percent of the voters said they wanted her back. First-time candidate Deborah Kempert earned a board seat by grabbing the second highest total. She ended with 38.3 percent. Businesswoman Yolanda H. Longoria, who has tried at least four times to win a seat on the NBISD board, finished last with 17.2 percent. District I candidate John Haas ran unopposed. Spain, Kempert and Haas were elected to serve three-year terms on the school board. KEMPERT NBISD elections are based on a plurality vote, which means the candidates who win the most votes win the seats. Because voters had to fill both their at-large seats, the top two vote winners earned the spots. Twelve days before the filing deadline for this election, Spain said she was not sure she would run again. She did, only to find out it would take some work to get re-elected, because two other candidates had tossed their hats in the ring. “I’m really excited to get to do it again and to get to work for three more years,” Spain said. “And I’m really excited that I’m going to get to see some of the bond issue projects through to completion.” Managing growth and keeping class See NBISD/6A Inside Abby.......................... .....10A Classifieds................. ....5-8B Comics...................... .......2B Crossword.................. .....10A Forum........................ .......8A Local/Metro................ .......4A Movies........................... ......10A Obituaries................... .......3A Sports........................... 11-12A Today......................... 2A www.herald-zeitung com (Key Code 76) Republican unseats tax assessor German By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Sherman Krause will give his notice at the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission today. In January, he’ll replace Gloria Clennan as Comal County tax assessor/collector. Krause, a Republican, defeated the six term, 24-year incumbent Tuesday 18,579 to 13,253 in an election in which 98.5 percent of the voters voted the straight ticket, party line. Krause won 58.37 percent of votes cast, while Clennan tallied 41.63 — meaning 19 percent of Republican voters supported her. In the two contested constable races, Repub-lican Lester Leissner defeated Robert Rubio in precinct 2, which encompasses Bracken, Solms and areas outside New Braunfels. In precinct 4, which includes the Canyon Lake and Farm-to-Mar-ket-Road 306 areas, Republican Ben Scrog-gin defeated Democrat Jim Sutton. In Comal County, commissioners Jack Dawson-R, Pct. I, and Cristina Zamora-D, Pct. 3, ran unopposed for reelection, as did Sheriff Bob Holder. For Clennan, a lifelong Democrat, the straight ticket voting hurdle was seen by many as difficult to overcome. “If you looked at the numbers in previous elections, you just knew there was no way Gloria could w in this race,” said a county employee who is a Republican but split the ticket to vote for Clennan. “We tried to convince her to switch parties,” another county employee said. “She would have won this thing ” Clennan, who has run unopposed in every election since 1976, said after the results were in Tuesday night there was no way she could justify to herself changing parties just to win the election. “I couldn’t change my affiliation to win an election,” Clennan said. “Changing parties wouldn’t have made me do a better job. I am who I am. I couldn’t overcome that straight party vote.” Clennan said she would miss a “very good staff” “I want to thank all of the voters for the 24 years they've allowed me to be there. I know I’ve done them a good job and made lots of friends — Republicans, Democrats and people from all walks of life. I wish Sherman well.” In winning, Krause complimented Clennan. See REPUBLICANS County employee Denise Rainey and incumbent tax assessor-collector Gloria Clennan embrace after Clennan’s defeat. ) ;