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November 3rd, 2010
Cobb rides GOP wave to county judge

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Hays County Precinct 2 Commissioner Jeff Barton gives his concession speech at The Vault in San Marcos Tuesday after losing his race for Hays County Judge to Bert Cobb. Photo by Sean Batura.

By SEAN BATURA
News Reporter

Bert Cobb (R-San Marcos), the former chief of surgery at Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) making his first run for political office, rode a wave of Republican Party enthusiasm to beat political veteran Jeff Barton (D-Kyle) in the race for Hays County judge.

Cobb received 56.18 percent of votes cast and Barton garnered 43.82 percent. The raw numbers came to 21,690 votes for Cobb and 16,915 votes for Barton.

According to campaign finance disclosures, Barton outspent Cobb almost eight-to-one. Barton spent $84,775 through Oct. 25, while Cobb spent $11,784.

Cobb was not immediately available for comment. However, said his son, Jon Cobb, “The Cobb campaign and the Cobb Family — we are overwhelmed by the voters’ support in Hays County. And we look forward to serving every single citizen of Hays County.”

Cobb campaign representative Jerod Patterson declined to comment.

Cobb will work from the front of a suddenly Republican Hays County Commissioners Court. In addition to Cobb’s victory, Mark Jones (R-Kyle) stormed over Ray Bryant (D-Kyle) to replace Barton as Hays County Precinct 2 commissioner. Karen Ford (D-Dripping Springs), running as the incumbent for Precinct 4 Commissioner, received only 36.6 percent support against challenger Ray Whisenant (R-Dripping Springs).

Tuesday’s winners will join Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley (R-Wimberley) as Republicans on the commissioners court. Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe (D-San Marcos) will be the only Democrat, just as she was from 1999-2007.

Barton had served more than a term as Precinct 2 Commissioner before losing to Susie Carter (R-Uhland) in 1998. In 2006, Barton took another crack at Carter and won the seat back.

Deciding to go for county judge in 2010, Barton claimed a Democratic primary victory against incumbent Liz Sumter (D-Wimberley) in a campaign energized by their tension on the court.

Said Barton after conceding to Cobb Tuesday night: “I look forward to being able to hand off some of the institutional knowledge I’ve got. I’ve really loved being a county commissioner. It’s a job I’m passionate about, I think it’s a job I did pretty well. I feel a little bit like the employee who gets told, ‘You’re employee of the year this year, but oh, by the way, the company wants to head in a new direction.’ I got a lot of endorsements. I just got awarded by two different groups as the outstanding elected official in all of Central Texas. There’s not even a hint of scandal. We lowered tax rates. We’re under budget on big projects. But clearly it’s a year where people said, ‘We just want something different and we want to give a different party a chance.’ These guys deserve a chance to prioritize for themselves and to explore for themselves what they want to do differently in the county. I wish them the best and I’ll be working with them. We can disagree about issues, we can even disagree about campaign tactics, but at the end of the day, more unites us than divides us. It’s critically important in times of stress and in times of disappointment to remember that, and to remember that this kind of senseless division that we’ve had going on in the country should not be allowed to take root too deeply. It’s incumbent on you when you win to remember that, but it’s even more incumbent when you lose to remember that, in reality, the people who’ve beaten you mean well for the community nine times out of 10. I certainly believe that’s true in this case. “

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0 thoughts on “Cobb rides GOP wave to county judge

  1. I wish Mr. Cobb the best, but I fear that Hays County is growing too fast for a part time County Judge.

  2. Did that say former or current chief of surgery? Look at how well he did versus an incredibly entrenched career politician, and with only 15% of the funding. I have high hopes for a responsible and transparent court. Thanks, Hays Co. voters.

  3. Your headline says Bert Cobb “rode a wave of Republican Party enthusiasm”. I would give him more credit than that. I think there are real issues such as raising taxes and raising one’s own pay that makes new blood attractive. Also, I have more trust in people who work with their hands ( such as build things and heal people) than in life long paper pushers. Whether Bert Cobb is full time or part time he will be very very engaged. If anyone doubts this I challenge them to ask Dr Cobb questions on any major issue in Hays County. You will get an education.

  4. @ Tyler,
    You must not read this “news” site very often sir… if you hang around much you’ll come to expect or at least not be surprised by the biased “reporting”

  5. Tyler, Cobb was asked what waste he would cut from the budget. He did not have a clue. He was not even availble on election night for the people of Hays County. I hope I am wrong but I too fear that he will continue to missing.

  6. “Paper pusher”??? Do you think that is what a county commissioner/county judge does? No wonder you voted the way you did. You don’t even have a clue as to what the job entails. But hey, maybe we will be entertained by a little “hands-on” sinus demonstration in commissioners court. LOL

    And by the way… my cat could have won this election if they had an “R” next to their name.

  7. Cat would have recieved 11,156 votes at least.

    So much for all the people who say they vote the candidate, not the party.

  8. Lila;

    I don’t think it’s fair to say that Cobb won because he had an “R” by his name. I think it would be more accurate say Barton lost because he had a “D” by his name (& was perceived as the Incumbent). This election was a referendum on the Democratic Party.

  9. It may sound like debating over semantics, but this election did not represent people voting for Republicans as much as it did people voting AGAINST Democrats. At one point Tuesday night, the City of SM TV channel was tracking 20 elections – Republicans took ALL 20 in Hays county. That’s a lot of blowback.

    The American public belives that the Democratic party has failed in a massive way at the national level, and the repercussions were felt all the way down to the local level. After having Obamacare, Financial “Reform”, and an ill-conceived Stimulus plan shoved down our throats, all while living in an economy that continues to suffer (while government spending and the national debt spiral out of control) and now seeing huge potential tax hikes coming, the American public has said “that’s enough”.

  10. I voted against your cat too, Lila.
    Jeff’s arrogance led him to stop listening to “his people”.
    The most egregious example was the way the Court (mostly Conley and Barton) has misappropriated the Parks Bond Funds and failed to follow even their own resolutions about how to spend it.
    They used the Parks Board for political cover when convenient and completely ignored us when they didn’t agree with our recommendations.
    I don’t know of one person on the Parks Board, past or present, who voted for Jeff.
    As a democrat, the sad alternative, for me at least, was to vote for a guy I don’t know and hope like hell he will listen to all sides and make good choices for Hays County.

  11. Chris, you voted for a guy you did not know? Say it is not so. Enjoy the comfy green space around your home on Prospect St.

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