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March 3rd, 2010
Jones claims easy win in GOP commissioner primary

030210jonesHays CISD Trustee Mark Jones easily won the Republican nomination for Hays County Precinct 2 commissioner in Tuesday’s primary election. File photo.

By LANCE DUNCAN
News Reporter

In a widely expected outcome, Hays CISD Trustee Mark Jones swamped former Kyle Mayor Mike Gonzalez in the Republican primary for the Hays County Precinct 2 Commissioner nomination.

Jones, a two-term trustee, received 1,860 of the 2,414 votes cast, 77.9 percent. Gonzalez received 554 votes.

“I did not dream that we would get 77 percent of the vote,” Jones said. “It shows that the grassroots support we’ve been able to get over the past seven to eight months has paid off. We had a lot of people out there working hard, and a lot of good, deep support.”

Jones now will face former Kyle City Councilmember Ray Bryant, the unopposed Democratic nominee, in the November election to replace Precinct 2 Commissioner Jeff Barton (D-Kyle), who won the party’s nomination for county judge.

“I just wish to express my sincere thanks and deep gratitude to the people of north Hays County for making me their Republican nominee for Hays County commissioner,” Jones said. “Over the next eight months, I look forward to sharing my vision for improving our roads, strengthening our local economy, and restoring fiscal discipline to our county government.”

Jones’ focus on roads in northern Hays County is largely centered on improvements to FM 1626, which, he said, “should have been done ten years ago.” Jones added that making sure FM 1626 is connected with SH 45 is another vital issue.

On the economy, Jones said his agenda involves “working with Buda, Kyle and San Marcos to get clean industry in here with high-paying jobs so people can live and work here without commuting to Austin if they don’t want to.” He said the task will require a lot of cooperation between Buda, Kyle and the county.

Regarding his opponent, Jones said “I think Gonzalez ran a clean campaign, and I respect him. I would really like his support and the support of his supporters come November.”

Jones said he plans to prepare for his November race against Bryant in the same manner that he ran this campaign, by talking to as many voters as he can one-on-one.

Bryant, who attended a Tuesday victory celebration for Barton in San Marcos, said he has a lot of respect for Jones.

“The momentum of my campaign will quickly increase at this point now that the primaries have ended,” Bryant said. “I plan to run a long, hard race all the way to the end. My focus is strictly to become the next Hays County commissioner for Precinct 2 so that I can partner with Hays County citizens.”

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