September 24, 2018

My Favorite Kind of Endorsements

My favorite endorsements are the unsolicited ones from regular people who feel so strongly about my race that they are compelled to say why. Here is another one, from my friend and co-worker, Marc Parrish. A version of this appears in the September 23 edition of The Williamson County Sun: There’s a famous story from 1952. That year’s presidential election …

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August 3, 2018

Burgers in Circleville, Orange Fanta in Hare, and a Tour of Thrall

Unable to make it to Sturgis this year, the next best thing is a burger at the Circleville Store, an ice cold Orange Fanta in Hare, and a tour of Thrall. I bet you’re wondering, “Are there many voters in Circleville, Hare, and Thrall?” Nope. But there is corn and sorghum being harvested, and cotton waiting its turn. There are …

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July 21, 2018

Bill is too extreme for Williamson County.

CAMPAIGN UPDATE: The race for Williamson County Judge now has a third candidate, and the opening for Blane Conklin couldn’t be clearer. William “Bill” Kelberlau styles himself an “Independent Republican.” He is proud to be a life member of the “Constitutional Sheriff & Peace Officers Association,” a fringe group that includes disgraced former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a criminal who had …

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June 29, 2018

Thoughts from my motorcycle ride through WilCo.

As I often do, around sunrise a few Sundays ago I took a motorcycle ride through Williamson County. I went out on the county roads south and east of Hutto, and saw the corn, sorghum, and cotton growing. It is one of my favorite things, to ride throughout the county away from the traffic and take in the sights, smells, …

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May 26, 2018

Before you hire me as County Judge

On December 6, 2017, I embarked on a year-long job interview with you – my potential employer – you and tens of thousands of voters who are considering hiring me as their next Williamson County Judge. Now that we are midway between the day I submitted my job application and the day when you will make the decision to hire …

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May 19, 2018

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

On May 18th, I rode out with two WilCo professionals with the Mobile Outreach Team (MOT). The MOT responds to calls for people experiencing a mental or behavioral health crisis. Their work not only saves lives, it often prevents someone from going to jail or to the emergency room, both of which can be an enormous cost the county. The …

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April 14, 2018

Blockwalking in my old neighborhood

Back in April, I knocked on doors in the neighborhood where our family moved 15 years ago. We were able to buy our first home here. Our daughters were 2 and 5. They grew up in Round Rock public schools. We felt welcome then, and have been proud to call this our home town. We chose to move to Williamson …

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April 8, 2018

I meet people every day who tell me they are politically independent.

Nearly every day I meet people who tell me they are politically independent. They vote for the person, not the party. Many of them admit that their vote has often been for the Republican candidate, though this year they are having second thoughts. Ricky Bendle is one of those people. Ricky is a retired police officer, and is working on …

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March 30, 2018

Why I’m running

I decided to run for public office because our public life is broken. We are more divided than ever, and most politicians prefer to deepen those divides and use them for their own purposes. We need to rediscover that we are neighbors, that we are all connected and our fates intertwine. We need politicians who listen, who work together to …

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March 8, 2018

I’m listening to you …

I’m listening. I’m listening to family farmers in the Norman’s Crossing area, who feel they have not been heard in the future transportation plans of the county. I’m listening to farmers, ranchers, and residents in the Florence area who are concerned about water supplies and road conditions. I’m listening to public safety professionals, who need competitive wages and the resources …

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