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Page 4A NEWS Hays Free Press * November 3, 2010 + + BY BRAD ROLLINS AND KAY RICIffER In one of the most heated and messy races of the season, Republican nominee Gary Cut- ler was elected Hays County Sheriff, replacing former Texas Ranger Tommy Ratliff. Cutler, who will be the third sheriffin two years, said his first priorities will be establishing continuity for a law enforce- ment agency that has been in upheaval since Allen Bridges died in December 2008, weeks before he was to be sworn to his full term, The Commission- ers Court appointed Ratliff to fill the vacancy until the Nov. 2 special election. "We've got to put some sta- bility to the sheriff's office," Cutler said, adding that his impression is that employee morale has suffered because of uncertainty. "From the infor- mation I'm getting, it is low. I want to get the morale up." Cutler drew 21,569 votes, or 55.7 percent, to Ratliff's 17,137 votes, or 44.3 percent - a mar- gin similar to that in all the county's matchups this year. "We don't have a problem looking ourselves in the mirror at the fact that we ran a very professional race," Ratliff said. "...I am a professional police officer and have been for 35 years and we are going to help' them in the transition. If they need anything else, we will be glad to help them." Rafliff was criticized on a "We've got toput some stability to the sheriff's offce. From the informa- tion I'm getting, it is low. I want to get the morale up." - Gary Cutler, Hays County Sheriff-Elect number of fronts ranging from his handling of facility prob- lems at the jail to the squelched contract with the city of Buda to provide police services. But the race was turned on its head by a charge leveled by a suppoter of his opponent that Ratliff had broken his ex-wife's shoulder in 1988, an allegation that Ratliff denied. Cutler said he had nothing to do with the charge being raised. "It's a sad thing whenever people have to resort to that type of campaign, to feel like they have to do that to win. We could have done that but we decided that we were not going to do that. We were go- ing to be professionals and stick to issues and be a very straight forward campaign," Ratliff said. PHOTO BY JENNIFER BIUNDO Shenff-Elect Gary Cutler greets a supporter at his victory party in Drift- wood shortly after early returns left little doubt that he would win against Sheriff Tommy Ratliff. Many Thanks! I want to thank eye,Tone who worked so hard for me dining tiffs ~g~ ~agh wedid not win, I am sO for file mmty friends that helped and the maay new friends that lmi~ during thisc~paign! I am ~ ~ fotiyout commitmc~nt to me and to my cm~dida~. I LOVED beiag your Judge aad will miss it but the voters have spoken. I will be opening my law practice again after the first of the year so... stay ttmed! 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Rebates Available to Previous Owners Republican Sweep Continued from pg. 1A judgeships, and Justices of the Peace Beth rice this January, Wymore said The Hays County Commis- Smith and Margie Hernandez. voters could expect to see "a sioners Court, which flipped Of all the Republicans on the more fiscally responsible Hays from a 4-1 Republican major- county ballot, the worst per- County that's goingto get back ity to a 4-1 Democrat bloc in former was Gov. Rick Perry, who to thebasics of building roads 2006, performed a similarly garnered only 51.75 percent of and making sure that we plan abrupt about-face Tuesday the Hays votes. Almost 44 per- for the future responsibly." hight.With the victory of GOP cent of Hays ballots went to Mark Jones, who handily candidates in the race for DemocmtchallengerB'fllWhite, won his Pct. 2 Commission- county judge and two corn- while 3.84 percent supported ers race by 12 points, said rot- missioners seats, Pct. 1 Corn- Libertarian Kathie Glass. ers embraced the GOP in the missioner Debbie Ingaisbe Long-time Democrat U.S.hopes that the newly elected will be back to her old familiar Congressman Uoyd DoggerRepublicans would be able to role as the lone Democrat on managedtoretaiiihisseat, which stay within a budget without the court this January. includes a large and solidly left- raising taxes. And, he noted, Indeed, the only Democrats leaning slice of Tmvis Coun~ the newly elected officials spared the axe this year were But his Hays County constitu- owed it to their constituents to the four who didn't draw a ents showed him little love, pre- stay true to that promise. GOP challenger in the spring ferring his GOP challenger Don- "It's going to put a lot of re- primaries: District Attorney na Campbell with more than 55 sponsibilities on the commis- Sherri Tibbe, Cotmty Court at percentofthevote, sioners that have just come Law Judge Linda Rodriguez As the victors step into of- on," Jones said. "The county has said, 'this is what kind of philosophy we're looking for, and you need to follow up.' It wasn't that long ago that the congress had a mandate un- der Newt Gingrich and they let that run away from them. I think we have to stand firm on what got us here and why we won." County Judge-elect Bert Cobb agreed with that assessment. ar~_think there was a definite incumbency movement," Cobb said. "People were say- ing, 'what we're doing isn't working, so let's try something different.' But if the people who've been elected tonight don't use fiscal discipline, in four years, we'll be on the chopping block." www.edward onescorn l:, sl>c; EdwardJones + Isaac New State Rep Continued from pg. 1A ting them know I'm genuine funded challengers Rose has might be the only way to win and I'm reasonable, and I'm faced in the last three elec- the race. willing to listen. I'm not go- tions, Isaac was playing with "I'm not a big fan of debt, ing to rush to judgment. I'm a nearly-full war chest that but we were fighting special going to learn and listen. I'm had room for expensive TV interests, we were fighting going to spend time with ads. Through the campaign, Austin-stylepolitics, wewere people I disagree with." Isaac reported $350,000 in fighting a political machine," Hays County GOP Party contributions and $510,000 Isaac said. "That's when I re- Chair BudWymore agreed, in expenditures, supple- alizedwe need tolookat this "He worked so very hard menting the balance with a loan." from day one," Wymore said $350,000 loan from promi- With the election in the of lsaac."He made the phone nent Dripping Springs busi- bag, Isaac said that his first calls, he walked the blocks, nessman Robert H. Scale. priority in office would be to he shook the hands. What Rose, meanwhile, raisedreduce spending while also we've seen tonight are the about $800,000 and spent providing tax relief to busi- fruits of his very hard work, about $950,000. By the time nesses and homeowners. and we couldn't be more the final round of campaign Though the state is facing a proud of him." finance reports come due, record budget shortfall that Savvy use of media also the total tally for both can- could climb to $25 billion, helped steer Isaac to victory, didates could approach $2 Isaac said he was confident Boththe Rose and Isaac cam- million, that he was up to the chal- paigns culminated in a series Isaac said that he reached lenge. of negative TV commercials, out to Seale, whom he knew "We're sending a business- with Rose taking jibes at from coaching his son in person into a financial mon- Isaac's potential support of lacrosse, and asked himstrosity," Isaac said. "I really sales tax increases and Isaac in January to help out in a feel like I'm going to hit the painting Rose as a "tax and leadership capacity. Seale ground running." spend liberal." responded by donating In other priorities, Isaac "I know the commercials $100,000 to Isaac that sum- said he wanted tO improve really got down on people, mer. retirement funds for teach- but we found out early, we've "He is a competitive per- ers, while cutting "bloated" got to let people know what son and took it to a whole retirement funds for legisla- his record was," Isaac said. new level," Isaac said.tors. "Hisrecordwasleftofhisdis- Isaac said he initially re- "I think it's an incentive trict, I think significantly." fused Scale's offer of the for people to stay in office Unlike the other under- $350,000 loan, but realized it too long," Isaac said. Hays County Food Bank People are hungry... -)k Feed a family for Thanksgiving! $20 buys a holiday meal for a family. 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