Two candidates, one from each of the two major political parties, announced their candidacies recently for Hays County Precinct 2 Commissioner, which represents the Buda and Kyle area.
Hays CISD Trustee Mark Jones of Kyle announced his candidacy as a Republican on Saturday before more than 300 supporters. Kyle City Councilmember Ray Bryant announced on Monday that he is running as a Democrat.
The two candidacies are a pretty clear indication that incumbent Precinct 2 Commissioner Jeff Barton (D-Kyle) does not intend to run for another term in that seat. It is widely anticipated that Barton will announce his intention to run for county judge against incumbent Liz Sumter (D-Wimberley) sometime after the first of the year.
Bryant and Jones both said they are running on fiscal responsibility and better roads.
“The citizens of Kyle, Buda, Uhland, Niederwald, and the rest of the precinct must have better roads to link up with the improvements that are now underway to IH-35, FM 1626, SH 21, and FM 150,” Bryant said. “Roads are my passion.”
Said Jones, “I am running for county commissioner to bring fiscal responsibility back to county government, make our roads safer and more efficient, and strengthen our local economy.”
Jones said he has received more than 350 endorsements from community leaders, former public officials and Precinct 2 residents. Jones is a two-term member of the Hays CISD Board of Trustees, for which he is vice president.
Bryant has served on the Kyle City Council since 2007. He campaigned for the passage of a countywide $207 million road bond in 2008.Email | Print