"I was the first person in my family to graduate from college and opened my own business after graduating. My family embodies the American Dream and its twin pillars of hard work and freedom. Through my public service, I fight to protect this dream for my own children and future generations to enjoy."

Will Conley

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About Will

Will Conley was first elected Hays County Commissioner in 2004. As Commissioner, Will has been instrumental in finding cost-effective transportation solutions and securing millions of dollars to improve safety and traffic flow on Hays County roads. He has worked hard to make Hays County a national leader in job growth, bringing more than 10,000 new jobs to the county. Read more about Commissioner Conley...

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Friends, What a night Tuesday was here in Hays County. I would like to thank all those involved in all our big wins. We beleive we have picked up most signs over all the county. If you see some stragglers please let me know. For those of you that were kind enough to have a our yard sign in your yard I would ask you take it down and put it back up in the fall. If you would like us to pick it up let me know. We have one more big race to win. We will all need all your help to be successful. Thank you all for all the support and friendships. It means so much. On to Novemeber!

Lon A.

On Tuesday, March 6th, we will have the opportunity to vote for representatives across multiple levels of government that will impact the future of our community. Over the last few months we have heard candidates express why you should vote for them. I believe you should be able to make your choices based on facts and the issues important to you. For this reason, I am humbly asking that you consider the following information as you make your decision regarding the future leadership of Hays County. I am Lon Shell, your current Hays County Precinct 3 Commissioner. I also served you for 7 years as Hays County’s Chief of Staff where I worked on county operations and the budget. I am a native of Hays County, received a mechanical engineering degree from Texas A&M University, and worked in Houston and Dallas before returning home over 12 years ago to start my business and raise my family. I am proud of what has been accomplished in one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. I believe we must continue to responsibly plan for our future and manage growth by improving the safety on our roadways, protecting our natural resources, and ensuring we maintain our investment in public safety. We will continue to find ways to reduce the tax burden on our citizens by leveraging county dollars with funding from other sources, reducing bureaucratic waste, and finding efficiencies in our operations. Lowest tax rate in 20 years—Hays County has the lowest tax rate in over 20 years and of 25 taxing entities within the county including schools, cities, and emergency service districts, Hays County is one of only three to have a lower rate today than 10 years ago. When inflation is considered, I pay less in county taxes today than I did 10 years ago. My county taxes account for less than 25% of my total property tax bill. Brand new senior tax freeze—The County has no control over any other taxing entity and does not set rates or appraised values for those taxing entities. I support our state’s recent efforts to limit the ability for our local governments to increase our taxes because they are the right thing to do, and because in my tenure with Hays County, we have never come close to the capped amounts proposed by the legislature. I have spent the last seven years of my life working hard to make sure increases in your property taxes are not because of your county government. An example of this dedication is the senior tax freeze, which ensures any senior citizen over 65 or disabled citizen will never pay a dollar more in county taxes, regardless of the tax rate or the value of their homestead. Conservative governance—I am committed to providing the highest level of service for the lowest cost possible. We are proud of the accomplishments of our Veteran Services Office, park projects like Jacobs Well, and safety improvements to our roads. We have been able to provide these services and recover from the two largest natural disasters in our County’s history, with the average tax payer in Hays County paying approximately $1,000 per year in County taxes, a figure that also pays for law enforcement, local courts, and other core local services. High savings account—Hays County has a balanced budget, and never spends every dollar that is budgeted. Instead, these unspent dollars are allowed to roll over into our savings. This fiscal responsibility has resulted in the highest savings and the highest credit rating in our history. Hays County’s financial strength has saved the county over $25 million dollars in debt service costs. Of Hays County’s debt, the overwhelming majority has been voter approved. I am committed to never issuing any debt that has not been approved by the voter unless it is in the event of an emergency. Innovative cost savings—To offset some of our voter approved debt, $133 million in payments that has been pledged by the Texas Department of Transportation for improvements to state roads within the county. This year the State of Texas will reimburse the county $8 million, which is over 30% of our total debt service. I, like most of you, wish our county government did not have to finance work on state roads. However, without our agreement with the State and other voter approved debt, we would not have many of the improvements and projects in our community that many of us use and enjoy. Recovering to be safer and stronger—During 2015 Hays County was challenged with two devastating floods. I spent months within the affected areas assisting our residents and leading recovery efforts. During that time, I found my desire to serve this county to be stronger than ever. Our citizens, first responders, county leaders and thousands of volunteers dedicated their lives to the recovery efforts. The pride in watching our community come together in the wake of such tragedy will remain with me as long as I live. Because of our spirit and determination, I truly believe Hays County is safer and stronger than we have ever been. Endorsements we trust—I am endorsed by former Commissioner Will Conley, Wimberley EMS Director Ken Strange, Sheriff Gary Cutler, Hays County Veteran Services Officer Jude Prather, the Hays County Law Enforcement Association, the Hays County Fire Chiefs Association, Constable Ray Helm, and Congressman Roger Williams. Please visit to learn more about me and the reasons why I am so passionate about serving my community. Serving this community is the honor of a lifetime and I would appreciate your vote and support to keep up the important work we have started. God bless, Lon A. Shell Hays County Commissioner, Precinct 3


After school yesterday, I took the kids with me to go vote. Though it would have been a lot easier to go while they were in school, I feel it’s important for them to be part of this experience. 🇺🇸 Eve got to push the button to vote for daddy Will Conley and Abram got to vote for his friend Mr Lon A. Shell. 🗳 The whole purpose of democracy is for everyone to have a say in what goes on. Though I only get one vote, each vote counts. We are blessed to live in a country where our values and opinions matter to our governing bodies. Don’t take this for granted friends. Exercise your right to VOTE! Early voting ends tomorrow and Election Day is March 6th! 🇺🇸

Pd Pol. Adv by the Will Conley Campaign