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.Email | Print