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November 12th, 2009
Cobb announces GOP candidacy for judge

San Marcos surgeon Dr. Bert Cobb.

STAFF REPORT

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.”

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11 thoughts on “Cobb announces GOP candidacy for judge

  1. Dr. Cobb, how do you see the planning and zoning in Hays county for the next 20 years? Should we be giving tax incentives for businesses to come to Hays county, if so, what kind?

    KBR, where do you stand?

    I know that there was some discussion during the Commissioners court about library budgets in Hays County, do you think that we should cut these budgets in times of recession or do you believe that this is one of the services that citizens need more in times of recession and should be stabalized/increased?

    How can we keep Hays county to be it’s own entity and not swallowed as a suburb between San Antonio and Austin, or should that be the place of commissioners court to decide?

    How important is infrastructure, specifically, roads, at this time?

    If you were to look back over Commissioners Court budget (hopefully you already have), where would you make these cuts that you are talking about?

    Seeing that the commissioners court is taking action on the jail, where specifically, should the commissioners be focusing that they are not now? Are they too slow, in what way? Should they repair or rebuild? Is there a disconnect between policy and implimentation, where?

    Good debate is always welcome and good debate in a race makes everyone work harder for the citizens, thank you for throwing your hat in.

  2. Easy, not so fast; I’m sure all those big questions will be answered by election time. Go Get em Cobb.

  3. Peggy Jones announced her candidacy for County Judge at the San Marcos Convention Center on August 20, 2009. As Judge, Peggy will preserve the health, promote the safety and protect the welfare of Hays County.

    She has a fresh perspective in regional land management having recently graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos with a Master of Applied Geography majoring in Land/Area Development and Management and a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences with special emphasis in Real Estate Development. Peggy is moderately fluent in Spanish from intense coursework at the University of Texas in Advanced Spanish and by practicing with customers and local residents where English is a second language or not spoken at all.

    Peggy has worked as a Legal Secretary, Manager/Operator of three privately owned, public Water Utility Companies holding a Water Operators License serving over 500 families. As an intern, she worked as a Geographic Information Scientist at CARTO Remote Sensing Consultants in San Marcos and for the Planning Department at the City of New Braunfels. She currently owns AustinSA Realty as a Broker and is the developer and owner of Plum Creek RV Campground handling the management of daily operations and staffing.

    She is a Broker member of the Austin Board of Realtors, the San Marcos Board of Realtors, and the San Antonio Board of Realtors. She is the Republican Chairman for Precinct 447 and has been active in the Hays County GOP and as an Election Judge for almost 10 years. She says everyone should stay involved in their community, because she believes everyone counts.

    Peggy joined the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) in San Marcos and discovered the love of flying. The CAF acquires, restores, and preserves in flying condition a complete collection of combat aircraft which was flown by all military services of the United States. They also boast a museum hangar for permanent protection and display of those aircraft along with preserving the memory and spirit in which they were flown. She considers it an honor to be part of a group that remembers those who have fought for our country.

    Peggy is an active general aviation pilot serving with the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) as the Safety Officer for the David Lee Tex Hill unit San Marcos. Peggy is a Scanner for Search and Rescue and Disaster Relief operations, flying sorties, and providing air and ground base support. She has volunteered for training sorties and for emergency support after Hurricane Ike at the initial command center in San Antonio and then in Houston. Peggy is trained in the FEMA incident command structure and with Red Cross emergency preparedness. The Civil Air Patrol also supports Humanitarian Missions giving aid to the Red Cross when needed. This unit is considered a Rapid Response unit and would be called upon when needed.

    Her husband, Mike Jones, is a Survival Evasion Resistance Escape (SERE) Specialist serving in the 143rd Long Range Surveillance unit (LRS) supporting the Texas Agricultural Development Team (TX-ADT) in Afghanistan. When not on deployment he works full time as a Personnel Recovery Training Team Instructor for the Texas National Guard.

    Peggy and Mike live in San Marcos with her two sons: Remington and Rutherford Griffin. Remington graduated this year from home school and began his college career at Johns Hopkins University, Peabody Conservatory of Music majoring in Classical Guitar Performance this fall. Rutherford is a student at San Marcos High School with hopes of attending Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

    Peggy’s conservative values and fiscal responsibility are needed to control the current county budget. Too many expensive studies are not providing solutions. The focus of her campaign for Hays County Judge is to preserve the health, protect the safety and promote the welfare of Hays County residents.

    Some of the most critical issues are:

    •The Unbridled regulatory control and loss of private property rights.
    •A reckless salary increase to this very position.
    •Infighting between county commissioners over road and bridge infrastructures.
    •Necessary ground water solutions
    •Property Tax and the careful use of public money

    And finally, To promote balance between Economic development and growth management. Both are possible and need to be because businesses are the main financial support for the services residents, and future residents, depend on.

    Peggy is qualified to be your next County Judge. Her environmental sensitivity, strong ethical standards, and regard for diversity have earned admiration from her customers, peers, and colleagues. She is looking for your support in the upcoming year as she strives to become your next County Judge in 2010.

  4. Have I been asleep again? I understood that Sheriff Ratliff ASKED the Commission on Jail Standards for an evaluation once, if not both times. Why would a guy ASK to be scrutinized and regulated–forced to make costly improvements? Am I alone in my confusion, to believe that perhaps the poor guy was seeking a last resort, which might get egg on his own face, because nobody–including his immediate predecessor–would move on the sorry condition of the facility? And might that be because of fear of an attack by the “no-taxers” out there?

    Hope Dr. Cobb has studied the recent piece by Judge Sumter about the County’s obligations and expectations– how much more complicated it is than even an honestly interested citizen might see, to allocate limited funds.

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