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It's over - Butts to take BCSO helm Nov. 16

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Residents of the Bandera County and City of Bandera have spoken - and how!
In the countywide election, sheriff's candidate Republican Daniel "Dan" Butts handily defeated his Democrat opponent James "Bubba" Popham, Jr. by garnering 7,455 of the total 9,281 votes cast to Popham's 1,826.
After canvassing the votes next week, Bandera County Commissioners are poised to appoint Butts as sheriff on Friday, Nov. 16. The county has been without a sheriff since the resignation of Weldon Tucker in spring 2011.
In the municipal mayoral election, Don Clark received 224 votes, garnering an impressive 69.78 percent of the total cast, while Mayor Pro Tem Maggie Schumacher received just 97 votes for 30.22 percent of the total. The rout became evident during early voting when tallies revealed Clark had received 65.78 percent or 148 votes of the 225 votes cast. Of the 96 votes cast on Tuesday, Nov. 6, Clark garnered 76 or 79.17 percent of the total to Schumacher's 20 votes and 20.83 percent.
In the four-way race for two up-for-grab places on Bandera City Council, incumbent John Hegemier received 168 of the impressive 514 votes cast, ensuring himself another four years on the dais. Running a close second, challenger Jim Hannah garnered 151votes to snag the second open seat. Left out in the cold were challenger Carolyn B. Edwards, who received 113 votes, and incumbent Nancy Montgomery with a meager 82 votes.
Moving the city election from May to the General Election in November was said to account for the record turnout.
Interestingly, with Hannah's win, he, Hegemier and Councilman Brandi Morgan now make up the so-called "walking quorum" that Hannah promised in his campaign announcement.
In a contested race for Place 4 on the Bandera Independent School District board of trustees, Bo Mansfield bested his opponent, Ray L. Vernon, by snagging 3,368 of the total 4,407 votes cast. Vernon only came up with 1,039 votes.
For Place 6 on the Medina ISD Board of Trustees, Andy Lautzenheiser came out on top by accumulating 415 of the total 707 votes cast to Paul Garrison III's 292 votes.
In statewide elections, longtime United States District 21 Congressman Lamar Smith won re-election with 61 percent of the total votes cast. His nearest opponent, Democrat Candace E. Duval mustered only 35 percent.
Also, Republican candidate for US Senate Ted Cruz will be going to Washington after receiving 56.06 percent of the total votes to Democrat Paul Sadler's 40.05 percent. He replaces Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison who did not run for re-election.
One thing is certain, no matter which candidates won or lost, the 2012 political race is finally over.