About Blane Conklin
Over the past couple of years, our political and cultural divisions have boiled over in a way we haven’t seen in 50 years. It seems our nation faces a new crisis every day. Our governments are in a stalemate. Our elected leaders are failing us. The only thing Washington can agree on is to make the richest richer, and pinch the middle class and the poor. In Austin, it’s no better. Rather than fix our broken school finance system, they pass laws to harass and discriminate against the most vulnerable among us.
“I am running for Williamson County Judge to ensure that our County is an exception to the dysfunction and skewed priorities we see elsewhere in government.”
As your County Judge, I will work to make sure our public health and safety efforts are fully funded and trained to protect all our citizens, that our infrastructure keeps up with our population growth, and that Williamson County leads in the clean energy economy of the future.
The County Judge needs to be able to engage with and understand a wide array of problems, to fairly evaluate competing interests, build consensus, make tough decisions, and solve problems.
I earned a PhD from the University of Chicago. I am a Senior Business Analyst at the University of Texas. My office coordinates health insurance and benefits for over 125,000 employees and retirees at 15 campuses across the state of Texas. We manage a $1.3 billion self-funded medical plan, and I have been involved in project management, systems analysis, and software development in nearly every area of our department.
“My dad is a minister, my mom a saint, and together they raised me and my four younger brothers to be humble, compassionate, curious, and hard working.”
I was born in South Dakota, and grew up in small towns across the Dakotas. Though I’m not a native Texan, I did the next best thing and married one. My wife Wendy and I have been married for 25 years, the last 15 of which have been here in Williamson County. We have two daughters: Raegan is a second year engineering student at Texas Tech, and Jordan is a Junior at Stony Point High School in Round Rock.
I serve as a Commissioner on Round Rock’s Historic Preservation Commission. I am President of the booster club for my daughter’s lacrosse team. This is my first time seeking public office, and I bring a unique perspective to the job.
Williamson County is a diverse and dynamic county, with competing interests and needs. Geographically, the county joins the hill country with blackland prairie. We have vast ranch and farm land, surrounding one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the nation. We’re a microcosm of Texas in that respect, and a microcosm of the country.
Williamson County needs an executive who understands the big picture, can work across political and cultural lines, and fairly represent all Williamson County citizens. I am the best candidate for this job, and I pledge that I will work every day for you.
Together, we can be a model of governance for other Texas counties.