San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

November 5th, 2008
Rose wins fourth legislative term

By BILL PETERSON
Editor at Large
Patrick Rose

As expected, Patrick Rose (D-Dripping Springs) comfortably won his fourth term to the state legislature Tuesday, defeating challenger Matt Young (R-Wimberley) with 59.3 percent of the vote across Hays, Caldwell and Blanco Counties.

“Over the last six years, we’ve worked to bring results to this district,” Rose said.

Rose carried Hays County by a slightly smaller margin, taking 58.91 percent. Rose won the county very evenly, taking every precinct. Young made it closest in the three Wimberley-area boxes (precincts 333, 335 and 337), but Rose still won them by aggregate totals of 3,498 to 3,273.

As Rose held his House seat, three others swung to Democrats across the state, narrowing the Republican majority to 76-74, based on incomplete returns, and throwing open the speaker’s race. The House Democratic Caucus was to meet at 2 p.m. today, possibly to pick a speaker candidate.

Rose, 30, lists four legislative priorities for the session beginning in January. He said he wants to “bring lasting and full reform to the electric cooperative system in our state so that what happened at (Pedernales Electric Cooperative), doesn’t happen again and it doesn’t happen elsewhere,” grow the base of manufacturing jobs, fully fund a statewide cancer institute and fix the state’s system of school finance.

Rose proposed to fix the Robin Hood system and provide more money to public schools with an “increase (of) the state’s share by spending some of the surplus to do that while capping appraisals and reducing property taxes.”

Comptroller Susan Combs has predicted that the legislature will convene with a $10.7 billion surplus when it convenes in January.

Young, 40, received 37.67 percent of 57,673 votes cast in Hays County. Libertarian candidate Tom Gleinser, 60, received 3.42 percent of the vote. Across the district, Young received 37.43 percent of 74,003 votes, with Gleinser receiving 3.25 percent.

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