March 1, 2016
Hays County Commissioner Will Conley won the Republican primary Tuesday night, ending the race with a commanding 82 percent of the vote
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Hays County Commissioner Will Conley won the Republican primary Tuesday night, ending the race with a commanding 82 percent of the vote.
Conley has served three terms as the Precinct 3 commissioner. No Democrats are running, and if no other candidates join the race, Conley will clinch a fourth term in November.
“Obviously, right now, this is a night for the incumbent,” GOP challenger Rob Roark said after all the votes were tallied.
Roark, an inspector for a steel pipe company in New Braunfels, received 17 percent of the vote. He previously called Conley a “career politician” and said Tuesday night that he originally decided to run so that people would have a choice.
In a phone interview with the American-Statesman, Conley called his victory “humbling.”
“I look forward to continuing to work hard with the people of the county to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow,” Conley said.
Conley’s main focus, he said, will be continuing recovery efforts from the natural disasters over the past year. Precinct 3 covers western Hays County, including the Wimberley area and part of San Marcos — a region devastated by last year’s Memorial Day floods.
Conley also said he wants to work to attract jobs and improve infrastructure. In his previous term, he pressed for regulations in the Electro Purification well project, which many believed threatened the area’s groundwater supplies. He is also the first person outside of Travis County to serve as chairman of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, a regional transportation agency.
Commissioners, who serve alongside the county judge on the commissioners court, are responsible for maintaining county roads, setting the budget for county departments and adopting the tax rate.