The lone contested local race in the 2018 election is to fill the seat of Somervell County’s outgoing Precinct 2 commissioner, with Republican Dwayne Johnson versus Democrat Judy Nawrocki.
Early voting continues this week, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Friday, Nov. 2. Election Day will be Tuesday, Nov. 6, and the voting that day will be 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Somervell County Expo Center only, at 202 Bo Gibbs Blvd, in Glen Rose.
Current Precinct 2 commissioner John Curtis previously announced that he would not seek reelection.
In May, Johnson defeated Richard Talavera in a runoff for the Primary Election, getting 51.6 percent of the vote to gain the nomination on the Republican side. Ramon Bunt had also been in the running for the Republican nomination in the Primary.
Nawrocki was the lone Democrat who filed to run for that Precinct 2 slot.
Early voting in the local, state and federal election began Oct. 22, and continues through Friday, Nov. 2 at the Somervell County Annex conference room, 206 Elm St. in Glen Rose (8 a.m.-5 p.m.). Voting on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, will be 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Somervell County Expo Center.
A sample ballot can be viewed online on the Somervell County website (http://www.somervell.co/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/SAMPLE-BALLOTS.pdf).
Somervell County Elections Administrator Christy Covey said that as of the end of the day Saturday, Oct. 27, there were 1,681 ballots cast in the local early voting for the local, state and federal mid-term elections at the Somervell County Annex conference room, 206 Elm St. in Glen Rose.
“It's been a lot busier (than usual)," Somervell County Elections Administrator Christy Covey said. "We've had a larger turnout than normal, which is good."
Wade Busch defeated Doug Mitchell in the Republican Precinct 4 Primary race after Commissioner Don Kranz announced that he would not run for reelection for that position. Busch has no Democrat opponent, so he is listed as “Declared Elected” along with County Judge Danny Chambers, District and County Clerk Michelle Reynolds, County Treasurer Susanne Graves and Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Ronnie Webb.
The Glen Rose Reporter spoke with Johnson and Nawrocki to get their thoughts about which issues will be the most important the commissioners will be facing in the near future.
Johnson, owner/operator of Johnson Electric, said he’s staying with the same platform he had since he began running for the post — to come up with a plan to deal with the reduction in tax revenue from the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant.
“We have to have something to take the place of that tax base,” Johnson said. “We’ve got to increase our base and the logical way is to bring in more business. Housing, that’s something we’re short on.
“If the plant is around 20 years from now, we’re lucky. We need a plan on it not being here. I want to get in there and try to help preserve the taxpayers’ money. I want to make sure the money is spent where it needs to be spent. I said on my platform, the county needs to be run like a business.”
Nawrocki worked at the Somervell County/District Clerk’s office from 2005 until her retirement in 2013.
Lately she has worked part-time for Brazos County Title, along with the Somervell County Library, and in various county offices as a member of the county’s secretarial pool.
“My intention is to serve my constituents in Precinct 2, and allocating resources so that it benefits all of the residents of the county,” Nawrocki said. “I do think the commissioners do need to take a more active role, not just in budgeting but also assessing the resources allocated to all the citizens of the county.”