San Marcos surgeon Dr. Bert Cobb.
A race is on for the Republican nomination for Hays County Judge now that San Marcos surgeon Bert Cobb has announced his candidacy.
Alleging mismanagement by the present Hays County Commissioners Court, Cobb announced his candidacy Thursday.
Also running on the Republican side is Kyle-area business owner Peggy Jones, who has owned local businesses for 20 years. Jones is holding a “Cheeseburger Fly-In” to rev up her campaign at the San Marcos Municipal Airport Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fundraiser includes a $10 cheeseburger lunch includes tea, French fries and all the fixings, catered by the Manchaca Fire Hall.
Hays County Judge Liz Sumter (D-Wimberley) already has announced her bid for re-election in 2010. It is widely expected that she will be opposed by Hays County Precinct 2 Commissioner Jeff Barton (D-Kyle).
Cobb positioned himself squarely against the Democrats on the commissioners court in his campaign announcement.
“The county judge and Democrat controlled commissioners court have raised property taxes twice during an economic recession,” Cobb said. “They bungled the oversight of the county jail so severely, the state has threatened to shut it down, potentially costing taxpayers millions.”
Dr. Cobb served as chief of surgery at Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) in San Marcos, and has operated three area medical clinics. He is board certified in head and neck surgery and served as president of the Tri-County Medical Society and Pan American Allergy Society.
“I worked for over thirty years on planning and public safety issues in Hays County and have experience leading large organizations,” Cobb said. “I understand the challenges facing our county and have the experience to get the job done right.”
In addition to medical and civic leadership, Cobb is a certified handgun and personal protection instructor for the National Rifle Association (NRA) and a certified master gardener. A veteran of the United States Air Force, Cobb is married to Gaye, his high school sweetheart and wife of 43 years. The Cobbs have two grown children.
“Like many others, I am concerned for Hays County’s future and eager to see responsible leadership return to the helm of our county government,” Cobb said. “If elected, I promise to restore fiscal discipline to county government, reinvigorate our local economy, and meet growing demands on our roads, water, and emergency services.”Email | Print