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Section A: General News


Candidates’ forum offers perspective


Candidates’ forum offers perspective
Chris Burchell (standing, left), Republican candidate for Wilson County sheriff, listens to a question posed by a voter Oct. 18 during a candidates’ forum in Floresville, which was sponsored by this newspaper and the Texans for Constitutional Government.


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October 24, 2012
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FLORESVILLE -- It was standing room only in the American Legion Hall Oct. 18 as candidates for local offices met to answer questions and discuss relevant issues.

Sponsors of the event were the Wilson County News and Texans for Constitutional Government, a nonpartisan citizens’ group. Both organizations presented questions for the candidates, before opening the floor for audience members to participate.

Although only seven of the invited candidates were in attendance, the American Legion Hall was packed with constituents seeking both answers and information.

Chris Burchell, the Republican challenger to Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr., made points with audience members upon answering a question regarding the constitutional rights of Wilson County residents.

Burchell said that he believes in the rights of law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons for their protection. Law-abiding citizens don’t cause problems with firearms, but drug dealers, thieves, and those living outside the bounds of the law do, Burchell said.

Burchell and Lt. Chad Clark, who is seeking the office of constable in Precinct 2, were the only candidates for county offices in attendance.

Three of the four mayoral candidates for the city of Floresville -- Diana Garza, Christina Jarzombek, and Tom Robles -- were present to make their case to voters.

Garza and Jarzombek iterated their knowledge of the city charter and their desire to limit the duties of the mayor to what the charter explicitly outlines. Robles referenced his military service throughout the evening in an effort to convey experience and leadership.

A hotly contested local race -- for Floresville City Council, Place 1 -- saw only one candidate in attendance. Jim Miller delivered a back-to-basics answer when asked about a sports complex.

Miller said the complex would not move further, if he is elected, until the city’s water and sewer issues are taken care of and infrastructure issues are solved.

Although Floresville Councilman Mario Morones is running unopposed, he also attended, offering his perspective on local issues.

In attendance: Sheriff candidate Chris Burchell; candidate for Constable Pct. 2 Chad Clark; Floresville mayoral candidates Diana Garza, Christina Jarzombek, and Tom Robles; and candidates for Floresville City Council Jim Miller and Mario Morones. Not present: Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr.; candidates for Wilson County commissioner Albert Gamez Jr. and Ricky Morales; candidates for constable George Scoggins, Donald Stevens, and Martin Rodriguez; candidate for county attorney Daynah Fallwell; Floresville mayoral candidate Johnnie R. Gomez; and candidate for Floresville City Council Jesse C. Flores. Also on the ballot, unopposed, will be Anna D. Gonzales, running for county tax assessor-collector.

 

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Concerned Tax Payer  
Floresville, Texas  
November 7, 2012 1:46pm
 
So what was the response that Flores posted on Facebook? Was he surprised he lost?? Did he not see the writing on the wall?? Could he not tell the voters were fed up with the dictatorship of the mayor and council? It's not like ... More ›

 
SS-240  
SWC  
November 7, 2012 1:13pm
 
Even though unsuccessful in his bid for County Sheriff, congratulations are in order to Cris Burchell on his hard fought race for that position. Next time Chris.

 
SS-240  
SWC  
November 7, 2012 1:05pm
 
Congratulations are in order for Jim Miller, the new Councilman in the City of Floresville. Hopefully the Council will be more responsive to the residents of that fine city and that the new Mayor be less dictatorial than the ... More ›

 
SS-240  
SWC  
November 7, 2012 1:01pm
 
Congratulations to Chad Clark, the new constable in Precinct Two. We'll finally have a working Constable in the Precinct, something that hasn't occurred in several years under the past incumbent.

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
November 7, 2012 10:41am
 
"how to be a good sport"

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
November 7, 2012 10:40am
 
Truth it wasn't close but you had the Winner wrong. Lol. Better luck next time. Good to see you at least congratulated the winners and didnt whine about it. Maybe you can coach Flores on who to be a good sport about it and ... More ›

 
Connect the Dots  
Floresville  
November 7, 2012 10:35am
 
One thing you were right about "The Truth". It wasn't even close! Tick. Tock. Boom!

 
Fed Up With Arrogance  
Sin City  
November 7, 2012 9:48am
 
Yes, the people have spoken! Loud and clear!!!! They may have overlooked our petition, but they cannot overlook the results of this election.God Bless America and God Bless Floresville!

 
THE TRUTH  
Floresville  
November 7, 2012 6:40am
 
Congratulations to all who won! The people have spoken.

 
THE TRUTH  
Floresville  
November 3, 2012 3:18pm
 
No you can't rig this election concerning Flores it won't even be close,Miller has no chance of winning,and Gomez well he will have a little harder time,but all they did ,Robles, Garza and Jarzombeck was divide the votes three ... More ›

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