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PLAY WITH PASSION Lehman gets fightin&apos; mad in 3-0 loss to Hays boys soccer team. - Page 1B I HEALTHCARE CLOSE UP Academy students get a behind-the- scenes look at Seton Hospital. - Page 3B Smelling like a... ROSE BY JEN BIUNDO jen@haysfreepress.com In his first hard-fought po- litical race at the age of 24, Patrick Rose stole the District 45 House seat away from in- cumbent Rick Green by just 400 votes, a margin of less than one percent. But in the eight years that have followed, the Dripping Springs native has easily defended his seat against challengers from both parties, and Tuesday night's primary elections were no ex- ception. Rose took just shy of 80 per- cent of the vote in the Demo- cratic primaries against Drift- wood residentAndrew Backus, the former chair of the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conser- vation District. "I am proud that tonight this district spoke loudly for a positive, issue-oriented cam- paign that put consensus- building and solutions ahead of partisanship and divisive- ness," Rose said as the elec- tion returns rolled in Tuesday night. The District 45 seat rep- resents HaYsddwell and lnco coarttt",in the State nessman Jason Isaac in the general election. "I'm positive we will be keeping the seat in Novem- ber," said Hays County Demo- cratic Party Chair Katie Bell Moore. Though this race and oth- ers in the past turned into an overwhelming victory, Rose said he takes each challenge seriously in his bellwether dis- trict. "Each of them could have been close," Rose said. "Each party has to go out and run each time, and that's a bless- ing for the voters. It rewards the consensus builders." Backus took 23.57 percent of the Hays County vote and 20.29 percent on the ballots in the tri-county district. He ran a race that primarily centered on water issues; specifically, Rose's refusal to sponsor legis- lation expanding the authority of the Hays Trinity Groundwa- ter Conservation District. On the campaign trail, Rose countered that he was endorsed by environmental groups such as the Sierra Club and the League of Conserva- STATE REP RACE, pg. 4A @Barton Publications, Inc. ..................... , ............ t Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 PHOTO BY JEN BIUNDO District 45 State Representative Patrick Rose, left, and supporters Mike Ruggierie and Jim Mattox, campaign outside Kyle City Hall in the last hours before polls close in the Tuesday primaries. Rose defeated challenger Andrew Backus with nearly 80 percent of the vote and will face Dripping Springs businessman Jason Isaac in the November general election. ' Prim,ed after the primaries PHOTO BY JASON GORDON Pet. 2 Commissioner Jeff Barton accepts the Democratic nomi- nation for county judge at his Tuesday night victory party. Barton defeated incumbent Liz Sumter. Barton and Cobb to vie.for County Judge BY BRAD ROLLINS brad@haysfreepress.com Hays County Democrats took the rare step of deposing a countywide incumbent of- ficeholder, replacing County Judge Elizabeth Sumter on the ticket with Pet. 2 Commis- sioner Jeff Barton in Tuesday's primary election. Carrying 25 of 36 boxes, Bar- ton won 3,109 votes (56.3 per- cent) to Sumter's 2,416 (43.7 percent). In the Nov. 2 general election, Barton faces San Mar- cos physician Bert Cobb, who took 4,544 votes (55.8 percent) in the Republican Party prima- ry to businesswoman Peggy Jones' 3,599 (44.2 percent). "It's time now to start build- ing bridges and building unity not just in the Democratic Party but in the larger commu- nity," Barton said. "We have a lot of challenges to take on in Hays County and we have to find ways to grow, and grow with grace in a way that doesn't harm the place that so many of US love." Cobb said. "I think the is- sues are a fresh vision for Hays County, to prioritize the wants PHOTO BY JEN BIUNDO San Marcos physician Bert Cobb took the GOP nomination for county judge over Peggy Jones. and needs of the people of Hays County, to get a handle on spending, and use our money wisely. I think one thing we need to do is have civility at court, and have a courteous attitude of teamwork where we don't play politics. I don't care what party someone is in, I care that they have a vision for Hays County." COUNTY JUDGE RACE, pg. 4A Police station planned for Buda BY JEN BIUNDO jen@haysfreepress.com Former Buda Patrol Chief Bo Kidd will return to his role as top law enforcement official in Buda, city officials announced this week. But this time around, Kidd will be leading the newly cre- ated Buda Police De- partment. "If we have the same sup- portwe did KIDD when we started the Buda Patrol, we're going to do great things, I have no doubt," Kidd said. As a quiet bedroom commu- nity with a population of about 6,000, Buda sees little in the way of violent crimes. But property crimes, especially vel'dcle break- ins, have become more common in recent years and some citizens have clamored in council meet- in for mare haw enfor.ement offials pamlling the streets. I.astAugust, recently-appoint- ed Hays County Sheriff Tommy Ratliff made the controversial move to demote Kidd, Ratliff's former political opponent, from the position of chief of the Buda Patrol without consulting with the city. Buda councilmembers responded by terminating their contract with the Hays County Sheriff's Office for dedicated law enforcement services following the required nine-month notifi- cation period and exploring the option of establishing a home- grown police force. The city had negotiated the county contract in early 2007 with former sheriff Allen Bridg- es, who died of a heart attack in December of 2008. Kidd, who will start as police chief on April I with a salary of $70,000 plus regular employee benefits, will be charged with building the department from the ground up, a task he hopes to accomplish in as little as four months. "We look forward to the chal- lenge and we think we'll have the people in place to get it done," said Buda City Manager Ken- neth Williams. See BUDA POLICE, pg. 2A Subscriber address 03 , ct.<\