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May 21st, 2009
Democrats tap Buda’s Moore as chair

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Hays County Democratic Party leaders voted to appoint Katie Bell Moore, a Buda accountant, as the party’s interim chair by the narrowest of margins Thursday night.

Precinct chairs selected Moore, 14-13, over Courtney Strange, the former Texas State University College Democrats president. Moore will serve out the remainder of Anna Martinez Boling’s term as county party chair, a largely organizational and administrative position.

“I had a great opponent so it makes sense that I got in by the skin of my teeth,” Moore said.

Boling held voting opened for 45 minutes because some precinct chairs had been told erroneously that the meeting was at the San Marcos Activity Center instead of the library. Three votes were cast during the extension.

Moore has said she will run for a full two-year term in the party’s primary in March 2010.

Moore moved from Austin last year with her husband Graham, who works for Lockwood Andrews and Newman, the engineering firm whose San Marcos operation is headed by former County Judge Eddy Etheredge. They live in Buda with their two young sons.

CORRECTION: The article originally stated that votes were cast by secret ballot. Precinct chairs cast written ballots but they were numbered to correspond with a precinct chair sign-in sheet.

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3 thoughts on “Democrats tap Buda’s Moore as chair

  1. Correction: Katie Bell Moore moved FROM Austin last year TO Buda. She does live in Hays County.

  2. What are you correcting? I’m reading in the article that she moved FROM Austin. And that she lives in Buda. I guess I don’t know what you are trying to get at here.

  3. Here’s the relationship: Katie Moore – husband Graham – Eddy Etheredge – Jeff Barton – Charles Soechting. Barton/Soechting are now in charge of the Hays County Democratic Party. Bad news for open government. Good news for the Good Ole Boy/Girl network.

    “Moore moved from Austin last year with her husband Graham, who works for Lockwood Andrews and Newman, the engineering firm whose San Marcos operation is headed by former County Judge Eddy Etheredge.”

    Check public records to see how many Hays County contracts have gone to LAN (Just one of many special interests in Hays County). Then check who contributed to Barton’s election campaign. The Moore family moved to Buda last year. Good planning.

    After being voted out of office in 1998, Barton and Etheredge are back in the saddle. Etheredge is the bag man and Barton is gearing up to run for county judge next year to gain a fuller grip on Hays County.

    The Tax and Spend Champ!

    Barton has already created more county debt (read higher property taxes) in two years than the previous ten years combined. $226.5 million road bonds, $90 million government center, $30 million jail, and countless consultants for millions of $$, and climbing.

    And what if SH 45 W isn’t built across the fragile Edwards Recharge Zone! Barton’s five lane FM 1626 becomes an expensive dead end into Austin. Watch Barton operate on CAMPO to ensure SH45 is built.

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