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Page 4A NI/S Hays Free Press March 3, 2010 Ratliff and Boling hold on to their county seats , PHOTOS BY BRAD ROLLINS County Court at Law Judge Anna Boling (left) and Hays County Sheriff Tommy Ratliff (above) kept their seats in the Democratic primary race. BY BRAD ROLUN Sheriff Tommy Ratliff and Cotmty Court at Law Judge No. 1 Anna Martinez Boling, both appointed to their positions after their predecessors' deaths in office, held up well against challengers in Tuesday's Demo- cratic Party primary. Ratliff, a retired Texas Rang- er whom the Commissioners Court appointed in Decem- ber 2008 following Sheriff Al- len Bridges' unexpected death, bested former deputy Bill Hud- dleston. Huddleston ran against Bridges unsuccessfully in 2008 as the Democratic Party nomi- nee and was considered as his appointed replacement before the court settled on Ratliff. Ratliff won 2,899 votes (56.3 percent) to Huddleston's 2,252 (43.7 percent). "So far so good," Ratliff said early in the evening at his watch party in San Marcos as he led early in absentee voting and TOTAL VOTES SHERIFF Tommy Ratliff 2,899 56.28% Bill Huddleston 2,252 43.72% COUNTY COURT-AT-LAW JUDGE David Mendoza1,880 36.29% Anna Boring 3,300 63.71% a handful of boxes from the eastern portion of the county. As it happens, he held a lead throughout the night and car- fled 31 of 36 boxes. Rafliff faces former Travis and W'flliamson county sher- iff's deputy Gary Cutler, a Drift- wood Republican, in Novem- ber's general election. Curler won 6,638 votes running un- opposed in his party's primary. The winner will serve the last two years of what would have been Bridges' term. Boling won even more hand- ily against Assistant District At- torney David Mendoza than did Ratliff against Huddleston. She pulled down 3,280 votes (63.7 percent) against Mendoza's 1,870 (36.3 percent). Boling won all but two of 36 voting precincts, and one of those was a tie. As early returns showed her comfortably ahead, Boling de- clined to declare victory, recall- ing her run for district judge in 2006 when she was in the lead for much of the night but ulti- mately lost by fewer than 500 out 30,000 votes cast when Re- publican-leaning western pre- cincts were counted. Later in the night Mendoza called to offer what Boling said was a gracious concession. "My opponent gave me a run for my money. He worked very hard and I respect that. He told me he and his supporters would rally around and help me and I'm just very pleased with the result," Boling said. In November, she faces San Marcos attorney Robert Up- degrove, who won 6,418 votes. running unopposed in the Re- publican Party primary. Mark Jones wins l00recinct 2 primary BY JEN BIUNDO It was only half an hour af- ter the polls closed on election night, a time when most can- didates were anxiously tallying ballot boxes, but Mark Jones was already riding' high on a resounding political victory. Early voting returns gave Jones nearly 80 percent of the bal- lots in the GOP primary race for Hays County Pct. 2 Com- missioner, leaving virtually no chance that his opponent, former Kyle Mayor Mike Gon- zalez, could make up the mar- gin. Jones, a current Hays CISD school board trustee, will meet former Kyle Councilmember Ray Bryant at the November polls in the fight for the Pre- cinct 2 seat, which represents Buda and Kyle on the Hays County Commissioners Court. Bryant ran unopposed in the Democratic primary Tuesday night, with the incumbent commissioner, Democrat left Barton, making a successful bid for the County Judge nom- ination. November will come all too soon for both Bryant and Jones, but after the decisive primary night win, the new GOP can- didate was ready to take a breath. "I'm go- ing to get JONES a good night's sleep for the first time in a while, and catch up on some family time," Jones said. "We're going to enjoy tonight, and then get back to work. We want to work just as hard in the finals as we did in this prelimi- nary race." Jones took the seat by a fi- nal margin of 77 percent out of 2,414 ballots cast, beating Gonzalez in each of the ten precincts that voted in the race. Gonzalez did not return calls for comment Tuesday. Both Jones and Gonzalez had for years held political po- sitions that made them well- known quantities throughout the community. But lones's dogged efforts and high vis- ibility on the campaign trail overshadowed his opponent. TOTAL VOTES Mark Jonas 1,860 77.05% Mike Gonzalez 554 22.95% "I just think we worked re- ally hard," Jones said at his watch party at the First Baptist Church of Kyle. "We had a lot of great volunteers going door to door, making phone calls, emailing people. We put every- thing into it and our hard work paid off." For recession-time voters, much of the dialogue sur- rounding the race turned to how the two candidates had handled their respective bud- gets in the city and school board. In Kyle, rapid growth has meant a high debt load for the city, with a resulting impact on the city's tax rate. The 2008 property tax rate of 37 cents was set to rise to nearly 49 cents in the 2009-10 fiscal year and nearly70 cents in the next year, though councilmembers "refinanced debt to keep the FY 09-10 rate down to 42 cents. The school district has also been hit by fast growth, but has kept the tax rate static for State Rep Race: Rose victorious in primary Continued from pg. 1A '7 am proud that tonight this district sipoke loudly for a positive, issue-oriented campaign thatput consensus-build- ing and solutions ahead of Dartisansbi D and divisiveness" -State Representative Patrick Rose, Dist. 45 tion Voters, and has been a leader in groundwater and surface water issues. Other issues' in the race in- cluded job growth, road infra- structure, higher education and conservation in the Hill County, Rose said. "Our local economy is the most important thing on the voters' minds," Rose said. Rose currently chairs the House Human Services Com- mittee and also serves on the House Higher Education Committee. He is widely con- sidered to have broad support, both politically and financial- ly, on both sides of the aisle, and is heading into the gen- eral election with more than $350,000 in the bank. After 2010, Rosesaid that he is "absolutely planning to run for another term" in the Dis- trict 45 seat. "I'm excited to stay here and continue our work," Rose said. TOTAL VOTES Patrick Rose 6,632 79.70% Andrew Backus1,689 20.29% Tuesday night, 3,460 Dem- ocrats and 9,457 Republicans turned out to the polls. Rick Green, the former Dis- trict 45 State Representative who lost his seat to a young Patrick Rose in the 2002 races - and then made headlines in 2006 for throwing a punch at Rose outside an Election Day polling place - made a bid this year on the GOP ticket for the Supreme Court Justice Place 3 nomination. Hays County voters gave their native son 41 percent of the vote in a crowded field of six candidates, but statewide, Green took just 19 percent of the vote, putting him in a run- off with Debra Lehrmann. In other upballot races, more than 85 percent of Hays County Judge Race County Democrats turned out for gubernatorial candi- date BillWhite, well above the state returns of 75.97 percent, while 8.14 percent supported Farouk Shami, compared to state returns of 12.59 per- cent. Hays County voters showed a strong preference for Lieu- tenant Governor candidate Ronnie Earle, but voters statewide gave Linda Chavez- Thompson the nomination. Among GOP voters in Hays County, 52.37 percent sup- ported incumbent governor Rick Perry in his bruising three-way primary race, close to the statewide turnout of 51.2 percent. But Hays County made a strong 26 percent showing for Debra Medina, the long- shot candidate who went on to pull 18.48 percent at the statewide polls and nearly force Perry into a run-off with Kay Bailey Hutchison. Continued from pg. 1A The race broke down, as ob- servers had predicted, along geographic lines with Barton dominating in the population centers in the eastern part of the county, winning every precinct in his native Kyle and Buda strongholds and all but one in the San Marcos area. In Buda, where Sumter had hoped opposition to the U.S. Foods warehouse would give her a foothold, Barton won 634 votes to Sumter's 228. He won 565 votes to 290 in the Kyle area and 1,267 in and around San Marcos. TOTAL VOTES DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY Jeff Barton 3,109 56.27% Liz Sumter 2,416 43.73 % REBLI,At/ /'/]lM/IfiY 55.80 % Bert Cobb 4,544 o Peggy Jones 3,599 44.20% Sumter meanwhile won 11 precincts in the less urbanized west, taking every Wimberley and Dripping Springs box as well as picking off by six votes the mostly rural Precinct 447 in the Lime Kiln Road area near San Marcos. Sumter col- lected 554 in her hometown, Wimberley, to Barton's 239; in the Dripping Springs vicinity, she won 655 to Barton's 404. Por all the drama of the Sumter-Barton matchup, Tuesday's returns were a re- minder of the Republican Party's strength in the county. Jones, for example, won more votes in her defeat than Barton won in his victory. several years despite voter-ap- proved construction bonds. "In the school board we've been able to stay within the budget without raising our tax rate, and build new schools and still offer a quality education," Jones said. "That's the kind of thing the county needs." /ones described the other issues in the race as "growth, traffic, roads, water and leader- ship," and said he would work to complete work on FM 1626, push for construction of SH 45 Southwest to connect FM 1626 to Mopac Expressway, and seek out more water sources to take pressure off limited aqui- fer groundwater. Jones, by profession a land appraiser, was a founding member of Central Texas Life Care, an anti-abortion crisis pregnancy center. He is serv- ing his second term on the Hays CISD board of trustees, and will not have to resign his seat if he loses the November election for county commis- sioner. ii" YMMJM [,lll,DJ, imJqwl:[,$r[,l;il:l.l Sales, service & parts and golf cart rental Custom Paint & Fabrication work All makes & models a Trades accepted We buy carts too! + +