|(Seguin) -- The incumbent in the race for Guadalupe County Commissioner Pct. 2 just couldn't garner enough support for another term in office. Commissioner Ralph "Jack" Shanafelt fell to the bottom of the race for a seat on the commissioners court during Tuesday's Republican Primary Election.|
Pulling in enough votes for a run-off in May were Candidates Randall Herzog and Drew Engelke.
Only a few votes separated the difference between Herzog and Engelke. Herzog received 757 votes or 35.39 percent while Engelke received 742 votes or 34.69 percent. Shanafelt rounded out the votes with 640 or 29.92 percent.
Shanafelt says his efforts were just not enough.
"The first thing I want to say, I want to thank the folks that took the time to go out and vote. It feels good to go and vote. It's an entitling feeling. It makes Texas and our country great. The people did go out and vote. The second thing I want to say, I may have lost this election, but I don't feel like a loser. I just don't, because it’s been an honor and privilege to serve the greatest people in Texas. That's the folks right here in Guadalupe County. I love this area and I enjoyed serving these folks. The third thing I want to say, I want to thank Mr. Engelke and Mr. Herzog for the positive way in which they conducted their campaigns. I also say I will assure them that there will be a smooth transition to whoever wins in the run off election. I've got lots of information. I have files. I have things to help them to get them up to speed for representing the folks out here in precinct two and then of course, the county as a whole in Guadalupe County. Once again, I want to say a big thanks to all my family and all my friends, especially to those who took the time to go out and vote this go around," said Shanafelt.
As for Herzog, he says he thanks all those who not only campaigned but who came out to the polls on his behalf.
"My whole family is very, very appreciative. I think that everybody noticed today that I had family members working all the polls. We were there from sun up to sun down and the people spoke their opinion of what they thought was the right thing to do. We got the majority of the vote as far as it goes, even though it was a close race. Now, it leaves an open for some of the people to make a decision, which direction they want to go – being that we're down to two people now instead of three. Then, there are some people that didn't go vote probably that need to make a decision. I think it'll be very important for them to study the two candidates and see which candidate will offer them the complete package that they're looking for as far as a person that will represent the whole precinct and go from there," said Herzog.
Engelke says he too is appreciative to those who took the time to get out and vote.
"I'm very excited. I knew statistically going into it with three of us, all good names, that we were going to be in a run off at some point or fashion. I'm very excited that I made it to the next step. So, I'm ready to take a little breather, spend some time with my family who has been totally supportive of me throughout this and come back in the second half strong. I truly appreciate all the support with the voters and everyone who has gone out to vote whether it be for me or anybody else. It's a great thing. I'm very excited," said Engelke.
The winner of May's run-off election does not face a Democratic challenger. The run-off is scheduled for Tuesday, May 22.