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Vol. 91-No. 212
68 Pages —4 Sections
Comal County races go to voters Tuesday
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
In a few short days, the whirl-wind of campaigning that began last spring before the May primaries will come to a close.
With this not being a presidential election year, the biggest race at stake in Tuesday’s general election is most obviously the governor’s spot being sought by the incumbent, Bill Clements and former Attorney General Mark White.
Perhaps more important on the home
front, however, are the locally contested races, a state representative’s contest and a little-publicized race for U.S. Congress.
The winner of the state representative race — being sought by Republican Edmund Kuempel of Seguin and Democrat John Taylor of McQueeney will take over for Rep. Bennie Bock ll. who will step down in January, representing Comal, Guadalupe and Kendall Counties in the Texas legislature.
In the race for U.S. Congressman District 21, incumbent Tom Loeffler i R-
Hunt t faces Democrat Charles S. Stough and Libertarian Jeffrey J. Brown. None of the candidates has done much local campaigning in this race, which has
drawn little interest.
I he six locally contested races have, however, prompted much campaigning.
And, if predictions from the County Clerk’s offic e are correct, these local races nill also prompt Comal County voters to make it to the polls Tuesday.
At the close of absentee voting Friday, a total of 727 of the county’s 19,100
See ELECTION, Page 16A
Kuempel, Taylor clash on campaign spending
The three ships of the Wurstfest Navy come sailing into port to officially open the 22nd annual tribute to the sausage Friday in Landa Park. Top, Myron Floren plays at the back of the lead ship as it navigates the
treacherous Comal River. Lower left, Floren bites through the ceremonial sausage ribbon to open the 10 day celebration. Lower left, a worker in the Marktplatz offers the standard fare to first night visitors.
The race for state representative, district 46 which covers Comal, Kendall and Guadalupe Counties has come down to name calling.
The Democrat running for that spot John Taylor of McQueeney, is charging his Republican challenger Edmund Kuempel of Seguin, with being a “special interest candidate.” Citing the approximately $40,000 in contributions raised by Kuempel, Taylor labeled his GDP opponent as a special interest candidate because most of these contributions came from “more than 30 special interest groups,” Taylor said.
“I’ve turned down such contributions,” 57-year-old Taylor noted in a recent interview. “I’ve sent their cheeks back and told them dial they were nice people and all that but that they could use their money more than I could.”
When asked about Taylor’s charges, however, Kuempel. said he saw nothing wrong with accepting these contributions w hich he said came from a “broad based group of supporters."
I’m not independently wealthy,” the 39-year-old Republican said.
• These people (contributing to his campaign! are looking for people with their own basic philosophy...and by accepting them...I’m iii no shape or form obligating myself iii any way,” Kuempel said.
These contributions, which amount to approximately $49,000 to $42,000 “show what a broad base of support I have from Republicans, Democrats
and independents,” Kuemepl added. “And many many of them are individual contributions and not from special groups."
“It’s well within the law," he added. “And there have been people who have sent me contributions and I’ve sent them back because I didn’t think their philosophy and mine were in line.”
Kuempel who has worked as a sales representative for Structural Metals in Seguin for 18 years has raised and spent a considerable amount more on his campaign than Taylor.
Kueinpel estimated that he'd raised approximately $40,000-$42,000 “99 percent of which was in contributions.”
This far outshadows the amount raised by Taylor, former publisher of the Seguin Gazette. The Democrat estimated that he will have spent and raised approximately $15,000 by the end of the campaign. Of that amount, he said “only a few $1 .CKK) were contributions.”
This goes with his political theory of running on a platform of not owing favors to special interest groups. Taylor said he is trying “to send the strong message that the people have had enough of the legislature being controlled by...lobbyists - often at the expense of the public.”
In terms of several issues, there seems to be little difference between
See HOUSE HACK, Page 16A
Staff photo bv John Settler
Canyon High School cheerleader Stacey Wimberley found herself playing in slightly different attire on the football field during Friday s Canyon Lockhart game. She was crowned Homecoming Queen at the end of halftime activities at Cougar Stadium. Her escort is Jeff Stehle
Commissioner Pct. 4
Heitkamp eyes growth George outlines plans
When he first ran for office eight years ago, O.R. Heitkamp promised to “hold the line on county taxes.’
He feels he’s lived up to that promise and wants to continue doing so, which is w hy the 49-year-old incumbent county commissioner is seeking re election in precinct 4.
Heitkamp, a Democrat, faces competition from 58-year-old Republican Bill George, a self-employed road contractor, who has criticized that the current Commissioners Court bas wasted money in certain instances.
The Democratic incumbent, however, disagrees strongly with that view. “Look over the past eight years and see what it (taxpayer dollars) has been spent on and what’s been accomplished,” said Heitkamp.
“lAH)k at the increase in the sheriff’s department - in terms of cars and personnel,” he said. “Look at the road department - with its new building and new equipment.
“If you feel like this organization (Commissioners Court) has wasted money I would invite the people to call me,” Heitkamp noted. “I’d invite them to come with me to the Courthouse and show me where money’s been wasted.
“That’s not to say that we’ve quit looking for ways on how to spend the money more wisely,” he added. “We have to be constantly on guard...Commissioners Court is in a constant atmosphere of is this really necessary’ when looking at budget items.”
County-wide growth is at the root most of the county’s problems, in Heitkamp’s opinion. The Comal County Growth and Development Committee, of which Heitkamp is a member, “is a step in the right direction” for finding solutions to some of these problems,
“Obviously Comal County is growing and obviously we’re going to be faced with tourist problems, but tliat doesn’t mean we should discard tourism per se,” he said. "We need to learn to deal with it,” added Heitkamp, referring to the committee’s work.
See HEITKAMP, Page 16A
When Republican Bill George first got into the race for precinct 4 county commissioner tliere was no one else running at the time, which is why he decided to run.
A short time later, however, two additional candidates appeared on the scene — including incumbent Commissioner O R. Heitkamp, a Democrat and lx»is Duggan, a Republican, whom he defeated in the May GOF primary by 19 votes.
By this tune, however, George was iii the race to stay out of what he termed his "deep concern for Comal County.
“Lait spring when the incumbent announced that he would not run again (as Heitkamp did at first) I decided that someone responsible needed to run for this office, so I did,” George said in a recent telephone interview.
George still feels that someone responsible needs to serve as precinct 4 commissioner because he does not think the current Commissioners Court is doing all it could to solve the county’s problems.
“We’ve got volumes of studies about the river I related problems),” said the self-employed road contractor -“We’ve got paper stacked on top of paper. It’s time to stop skirting the issue.”
George proposes that the court hire additional law enforcement help to patrol River Road during the peak tourist season.
"I don’t think studies will solve the problem,” Ik? noted. “We have to have a cop on the beat of the river and go directly to the source of the problem...to protect the property rights of the landowners out there.”
George agrees with most candidates that much of the county’s current problems are a result of growth.
He specifically mentioned that the county’s roads, water sources, law enforcement and emergency services are suffering because of this growth.
The GOP candidate strongly supports new legislation which would give Commissioners Court ordinance-making powers, which he said would help solve some of the county’s growth-related problems.
George is the only county candidate thus far to
See GEORGE, Page ISAInsideToday's Weather
Expect decreasing cloudiness today, with warm, humid weather. Tonight and Monday will be partly cloudy and warm, with a 20 percent chance of showers. Winds today will be from the south at 10-15 mph.Wurstfest
'Hie sausage-fest enters its third day today, with a wide variety (rf activities happening on and off the grounds in landa Park. Schedule of Events. Page 3A.
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are you didn’t set your clock back an hour Saturday night, since daylight savings time ended at 2 a.m. Sunday.One for two
Canyon’s (Cougars made it a successful Homecoming with a 21-14 squeaker over Lockhart, but the Smithson Valley Rangers weren’t as fortunate, losing 1(M> to Boerne at Unicorn Stadium. Details in Sports.
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Loeffler, Stough— a low-key campaign
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Ifs been a quiet race, compared with some.
U.S. Rep. Tom Loeffler will face an opponent in his bid for re-election Tuesday — Democratic challenger Charles Stough. Both men have run low-profile campaigns, with few ads and little of the mudslinging that has characterized other races tins year.
But it looks as if the voters of the 21st Congressional District do have a choice. The two candidates have some strong opinions, and they don’t agree on much.
Ix)effler, a Republican going for his third term, is a staunch supporter of Reagan’s economic policies. Stough, a retired Army officer living just outside Boerne, says that’s one of the reasons he decided to run against hun.
"For a long tune, ever since Reagan announced his program, I ve felt the program just wouldn’t work,” said the Democratic candidate. He favors more government support of “people programs.”
“I think I might be considered a populist,” he said. Loeffler says the economic plan is working. “In the past 22 months, we have seen inflation go down 124 percent.
We’ve seen the interest rate fall from 214 to ll percent. Housing starts are up 44 percent nationwide, and higher than that in Texas. Traditionally, that is a barometer that we are coming out of a
Unemployment is high," .ne congressman admitted, “but we will bring unemployment down nationwide. just as we have brought down inflation and high interest.”
Serving as deputy Republican whip in Congress, Loeffler has given support to w hat he calls a strong bipartisan program for economic recovery.” It calls for reduced spending, a slight reduction in taxes, less regulatory intrusion” into private business and a moderate but steady growth in the money supply, Loeffler said.
The only other options that we have, have been tried in the past, and they have failed,” he stated.
Stough fears that loftier is representing the interests of banks and big businesses, which, he says, have contributed a large portion of the congressman’s campaign money. He sees this not only Loeffler’s economic philosophy, but in hts environmental voting record.
“Out of 14 environmental issues before the Congree: , he voted wrong on 13,” Stough stated in a press release, saying that Loeffler moved to cut appropriations for the Department of the Interior, and to stop enforcement of mine safety and health regulations.
In a telephone interview Friday, Loeffler pointed out that he came from a ranching family in Kerrville.
■ We understand the importance of preserving our land, both wild and
See DISTRICT 21, Page UA
Staff photos by Cmdv Richardson
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