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January 4th, 2010
Barton announces bid for Hays County judge


Hays County Pct. 2 Commissioner Jeff Barton today announced a bid for county judge, making official an intra-Democratic Party showdown with incumbent Elizabeth Sumter.

“There’s so much more to be done. It’s been a successful three years as county commissioner. But with the right judge, with the right commissioners court, we will lay foundations that will make this a great place to live long after we are gone,” Barton said in a written statement.

In his announcement, Barton pointed to his leadership in passage of $30 million in parks and open space bonds in 2007, portion of which was used at his insistence for preserving the 2,000-acre Dahlstrom Ranch from development. He has also been a champion of smarter growth and managed development, and speaks around the state on the topic, the statement said.

He also noted a lead role in passage of $205 million in road bonds last year. Projects in his precinct have come in 34 percent under budget, he said.

Before being elected in 2006, Jeff Barton served as county commissioner from 1992-1998. He has also worked as aide to legendary former U.S. Rep. Jake Pickle, a journalist, small business owner, and manager of the Texas planning department of a small national engineering firm.

“As we confront the challenges ahead, I will bring my energetic, consensus building approach to lead the commissioners court in planning for our future while preserving our community,” Barton said.

He will make a formal announcement this evening, after filing with the local Democratic Party chair, at Railroad Barbeque in Kyle. The event starts at 5:30 p.m.

Sumter and Barton have butted heads frequently since joining the court the same year. The winner of the March 2 party primary will take on the Republican nominee in November. San Marcos physician Bert Cobb and Kyle businesswoman Peggy Jones are running as Republicans.

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3 thoughts on “Barton announces bid for Hays County judge

  1. I recently received a campaign letter from Liz Sumter in the mail. After I read it I told my partner “Now I know she’s a Republican”. In it she refers to “the Democrat primary” not once where she may claim it as a typo but four times so we know that it was intentional.
    See the definition on Wikipedia:

    Democrat Party (phrase)

    “Democrat Party” is a political epithet used in the United States instead of the name (or more precisely, the proper noun) Democratic Party. The term has been used by some conservative commentators and some members of the Republican Party in speeches and press releases.

    The word “Democrat” is not at all controversial, except when it is used as an adjective (as in “Democrat Party” or “Democrat Senator” or “Democrat idea”). In that case some Democratic Party leaders and non-partisan commentators have objected to the use as adjective.[1] New Yorker commentator Hendrik Hertzberg wrote:

    There’s no great mystery about the motives behind this deliberate misnaming. “Democrat Party” is a slur, or intended to be – a handy way to express contempt. Aesthetic judgments are subjective, of course, but “Democrat Party” is jarring verging on ugly. It fairly screams “rat.”[2]

    This should not be blown off as semantics. It is meaningful and quite telling.

  2. Oh My Gosh! Gabrielle – sharp and keen eyes…I wish all the voters could be as intelligent as yourself.

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