(Seguin) -- The Seguin Daily News today continues its countdown to Tuesday's Republican and Democratic Primary Elections by featuring the candidates of each locally contested race and allowing them to solicit some votes on their behalf.Today's campaign opportunity features the position of Guadalupe County Commissioner Pct. 2. Appearing first on the ballot is Randall K. Herzog. Herzog, says he first started learning the lesson of hard work as a teenager while operating a farm and ranching business. He says it was this work ethic combined with other professional experiences that help make him the best person for the job.
"I've been able to have a job as a commission salesman for 27 years so I think that speaks highly of the cliental by me being able to stay at one place for 27 years. I can budget. I can finance. I can spec out equipment. I have been through all kind of aspects of running the business, of dealing with people, negotiating different deals, being the leader of several different volunteer organizations out there. I think that's why I'm the best candidate for it because you are getting the full meal deal when you vote for Randall Herzog. There is nothing that I'm not scared to go take on and challenge or conquer or even correct. So, I think that's what makes me the best candidate is my life skills and my professionals skills that I have developed over the past 40 years doing the things that I've been doing," said Herzog.
Next on the ballot is the incumbent in the race for Commissioner Pct. 2 Ralph "Jack" Shanafelt. Shanafelt says he has enjoyed his experience on the commissioners court and is ready to tackle another term. Shanafelt says he wants the opportunity to see the current projects through and begin planning for the future.
"The way I've always looked at voting -- I look at who can I trust? Who do I know? At this particular race, I know I will be voting for myself because I know I have the most experience. I feel like that's the way people should vote. I'm ready to get to work. I mean, there's work to be done. I'm hoping to get those four more years so please folks get out and vote," said Shanafelt.
The third and final candidate on the Republican Primary ballot for County Commissioner Pct. 2 is Drew Engelke. Engelke says he believes his involvement and passion for the community will help him conservatively plan for the future preservation of this growing county.
"Being involved in the community all these years, I had the experience of dealing with a very diverse group of people. I can communicate effectively. I can plan smartly. I am very conservative. I want to help people and I think this is a way to go full-time at a position that is going to be busy and I'm a busy person. I have two businesses basically. I teach at A&M. I'm a father of two wonderful boys and have a beautiful supportive wife that I really am excited about the opportunity to serve the taxpayers in Precinct 2 and the county. So, my plea to you, I guess, is 'Vote Drew for 2.' I really would enjoy serving you in a capacity in a full-time manner," said Engelke.
The winner of this race will not face a Democratic challenger -- seating them in the newly elected position come January. The Seguin Daily News on Friday will continue its third day of featuring 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. Both ballots also seek voter approval on several propositions.
The Joint Primary Election is slated for Tuesday, March 6.