In an e-mail to supporters yesterday, County Judge candidate Jeff Barton said too many people who would vote for him think he’s already won it. “The truth is, we’re in trouble,” Barton wrote.
It’s close, really close. It looks like we’re slightly behind, with significant numbers of voters still undecided. There’s less than one week left.
Supporters suffered mudslinging attacks on their past. Lying emails from people and groups with fake names continue to go out to thousands of residents every few days, distorting some things about my record, fabricating other “facts” from thin air. They even challenged where I was born.
I don’t like asking for your help, but I need it. Sure, we could use money – we can always use money – but over the next seven days we need people power.
We need everyone who gets this to reach out to just one or two friends: ask them to vote for me. I need each of you to send a short, blunt email to your social network, telling them this race matters.
Bert Cobb, my opponent, ducked the last two debates, presumably because the debates before that went so badly for him. He is woefully uninformed on the issues facing Hays County. He’s on record in favor of unlimited commercial pumping of our aquifers, saying it’s a “property right” to take water from the ground – even if it dries neighboring wells.
Cobb has no plan to fix traffic or address budget challenges. He frequently gets facts wrong about taxes. He spouts clichés about cutting services that would mean longer waits for EMS and cuts in services like libraries and the battered women’s shelter – all without really saving the tax rate.
All around the county I find people who think I’m going to win this race easily. They say the choice seems obvious. And in fact our polling indicates I am way ahead with people who are tuned in, people who follow county government, who know the candidates.
Our imprecise late polling indicates we’re trailing because of straight-ticket voting and low projected turnout among supporters – people who think it doesn’t matter, people who assume I’m going to win. Truth is, we’re in trouble.
It’s time to rally up those of us who believe in common ground. It’s time to take back the public sphere from hate mongers at both political poles who want to tear down instead of building bridges, who are so far gone they can’t tell the difference between loud-mouth smears and solutions.
I’m all in – 15-17 hours a day. Every day. Cyndy and I loaned the campaign $5,000 from savings this week. We believe in what we’re doing. We believe we can win. We believe we’re in it together, like we have been from the first, with each other, and with you.
Thanks for everything you’ve done. I need more – six days worth of more: all you’ve got, all you can give. Call (512) 663-1719 or reply to this email to get involved and push us over the finish line.