Guadalupe County treasurer, district clerk candidates work to reel in votes during GOP primary
Posted on 2/28/2018 8:41:00 AM.
(Seguin) -- Early voting continues this week in Guadalupe County. Beginning today, the Seguin Daily News will help count down the days until the March 6 Republican and Democratic Primary Elections by featuring the candidates of each locally contested race and allowing them to offer their final pitch to voters.

One of today's featured races is the position for Guadalupe County District Clerk. Three individuals have been steadily campaigning for the seat soon to be left behind by retiring District Clerk Debra Crow.

Appearing first on the Republican ballot is Linda Balk. Balk currently serves as the Chief Deputy Clerk for the office. Balk says her 20 years of experience in the office and her current leadership role makes her the best qualified person for the job.

"Hands down my experience -- I believe that out of the three candidates in this race, I am the only candidate that possesses the unique combination of experience and qualifications required to serve as the next district clerk. Experience matters. I have worked every job in the district clerk's office starting as a deputy clerk and now as a chief deputy. I already know what the job entails. That experience means that I will be ready to go and start the job on day one. I am asking voters to promote me to district clerk so our office can keep providing the excellent service we already offer in the county while working to make it even better," said Balk.

Appearing next on the ballot is Lynn Bothe. Bothe says she too brings the experience of working for the courts over the last several years. Bothe says it's this experience, however, that has led her to campaign for change.

"I am not running for the position. I'm running for change. The office needs some new direction. I believe with my knowledge working in the district court system for so many years, knowing what is expected of the clerk, what the judges like, what the other courts like that I just believe that I am and I know I am the person for the job," said Bothe.

Rounding out the list of candidates on the Republican ballot for District Clerk is Kristy Dunn, a 22-year veteran of public education. Dunn says if elected, she will rely on the leadership and teamwork skills gained throughout her career and hopes to use them as the foundation toward her promise of bringing a new and innovative perspective to the elected office.

"I am the right person to hold the position of district clerk because I bring a new and fresh perspective to the district clerk's office. That presents opportunities for growth of the entire office -- of it's employees, bringing in quality customer service -- taking that to a whole new level -- bringing in education and training for the entire team and really just leading everybody in a direction that helps them reach their full potential. It is the big picture. This is about the whole office -- about the entire office moving in a direction that maybe it's not moved before and I want to make it the best district clerk's office that the state of Texas has ever seen," said Dunn.

The March Republican Primary ballot also features the race for Guadalupe County Treasurer. Appearing on the ballot first is Incumbent Linda Douglass who seeks her fifth term in office. Douglass says she appreciates the support over the years and wants to continue the quality of work that voters have come to expect.

"I have worked in county government for over 31 years and 15 of those years as your county treasurer. I have trained and studied to be a certified investment officer and was recently honored for my accomplishment of 15 years. I believe my wealth of experience, knowledge and training all these years in the county treasurer's office is a valuable asset and makes me the right person for the job. I am very dedicated. I am hardworking. I am dependable, efficient and I am committed to the taxpayers of Guadalupe County. I am passionate about my job and I would love to continue to be part of the growth of this county. I love being your county treasurer and I believe that if you love what you do, you will always go above and beyond to do whatever it takes to do the job. I have made great accomplishments during my tenure as your county treasurer but it's not always about the accomplishments. It's about serving the citizens and giving back. I am honored and I am humbled to be a part of this community and I would like to thank the citizens of Guadalupe County for their support and confidence in me as county treasurer and your continued confidence, support and vote are greatly appreciated," said Douglass.

Challenging her run for that fifth term is opponent Bill Schwind. Schwind says he not only has the desire but believes he brings more knowledge to the table when it comes to handling the county's financial operation.

"When elected, I will be the only treasurer in 33 years to have been educated, trained and experienced in the field of financial management before taking office. Guadalupe County needs that awareness and I intend to provide that," said Schwind.

Neither the district clerk or county treasurer's race have a Democratic opponent -- meaning the winner of the Republican Primary next week will go on to serve those positions in January.

The Seguin Daily News on Thursday will continue to feature the locally contested Republican races appearing on the primary ballot. There are no locally contested Democratic races although both ballots have nomination races for state positions including but not limited to Texas governor and lieutenant governor.

Early voting continues through Friday at each of the five regular early voting locations throughout the county. Those locations include the Seguin Elections Office at 215 S. Milam St; the Schertz Elections Office Annex at 1101 Elbel Rd; Grace Church at 3240 FM 725; the Central Texas Technology Center at 2189 FM 758 and New Berlin City Hall at 9180 FM 775.

The Joint Primary Election is slated for Tuesday, March 6.
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