San Marcos surgeon and physician Dr. Bert Cobb today announced his Republican primary candidacy for Hays County judge.
“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,” said Dr. Cobb. “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.”
Cobb served as chief of surgery at Central Texas Medical Center 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. I understand the challenges facing our county and have the experience to get the job done right,” he said.
Cobb also cited recent public concern over county finances and mismanagement. “The county judge and Democrat controlled commissioners court have raised property taxes twice during an economic recession. They bungled the oversight of the county jail so severely, the state has threatened to shut it down, potentially costing taxpayers millions,” Cobb said. “With so many challenges facing our community, we cannot afford this kind of irresponsible leadership.”
In addition to medical and civic leadership, Cobb is a certified handgun and personal protection instructor for the National Rifle Association and a certified master gardener. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and married to Gaye, his high school sweetheart and wife of 43 years. The Cobbs have two grown children.
In the Republican primary, Cobb will face San Marcos RV park owner Peggy Jones for the chance to take on the Democratic Party nominee. County Judge Elizabeth Sumter has announced she is seeking re-election; Pct. 2 Commissioner Jeff Barton has not announced but is considered likely to challenge Sumter for the Democratic Party nomination.