Bert Cobb, the Republican nominee for Hays County judge. File photo.
By SEAN BATURA
The competitive aspect of politics wasn’t lost on San Marcos surgeon Bert Cobb Wednesday morning as he reflected on Tuesday’s electoral victory for the Republican nomination as Hays County judge.
Cobb received 55.8 percent of 8,143 ballots cast in the Republican primary to secure a comfortable win against Kyle business owner Peggy Jones. Cobb took 4,544 votes, compared to 3,599 for Jones.
“I told someone this morning that I feel sort of like the guy that just came off the ski jump at the Olympics,” Cobb said. “I’m at the bottom of the hill looking up and saying, ‘Did I do that? I can’t believe it.’ And now I’ve got to garner the courage to climb back up the hill and do it again. What I would like to do in the coming months is unite the Republican Party of Hays County and work hard to get conservatives back in office in Hays County.”
Cobb is a veteran of the United States Air Force and former chief of surgery at Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC). Jones was a manager and licensed operator of three water utility companies, and now owns and operates Plum Creek RV Campground in Kyle.
Among the 36 voter precincts in the county, Cobb lost in eight — 228, 229, 234, 440, 442, 443, 446 and 448, which include portions of Buda, San Marcos and Dripping Springs.
Cobb lost by the smallest margin in precinct 440, where he received 117 votes to Jones’ 118. Precinct 440 encompasses a large area of western Hays County north and south of US 290.
Jones lost by the smallest margin (174-173) in precinct 441, which includes the northernmost tip of Hays County. Cobb received the largest winning margin in precinct 315, southeastern San Marcos east of Hunter Road, which he won by 183 votes. Cobb won Woodcreek precinct 337 by 102 votes.
Jones claimed precinct 448, approximately the center of Hays County, by 16 votes, her largest margin. Jones and Cobb tied in northern Kyle precinct 221 and precinct 114, which is west of Interstate-35 in San Marcos.
Cobb will take on Hays County Precinct 2 Commissioner Jeff Barton (D-Kyle) in the November general election. Barton won the Democratic nomination with a 56-percent victory against incumbent County Judge Liz Sumter (D-Wimberley).
“I think that Commissioner Barton has a long history of service to Hays County, which I honor,” Cobb said. “I think it’s time for a change in direction for Hays County. I think it’s time that we got on with a positive, forward-looking agenda to restore and preserve what we have in Hays County. That’s my vision, is to build the roads we need in the appropriate places and to preserve our environment and protect the personal property rights of all citizens of Hays County.”
Of 93,224 registered voters in Hays County, 10.14 percent voted in the Republican primary and 6.35 percent cast ballots in the Democratic primary. The Republican turnout of 9,457 more than doubled the turnout of 4,041 in 2006, the last gubernatorial primary year. The Democratic turnout of 5,920 well more than doubled the 2006 turnout of 2,745.Email | Print