Marketplace  |   Services  |   Contact Us  |   Community  |   Arts & Leisure  |   Local Guides
Caller-Times Caller-TimesCaller-TimesCaller-TimesCaller-TimesCaller-TimesCaller-Times
HomeClassifiedsCT-SearchCT-ForumsCT-ChatCT-WaetherCalelr-Times
 

Friday, Oct. 30, 1998

Contested Aransas County commissioners court race candidates


   Candidates for Aransas County judge
   Robert "Bob" Shellenbergar at a glance
  • Party: Democrat
  • Age: 59
  • Family: Divorced, two children
  • Background: Automotive industry, 30 years
  • Education: Bachelor of science in business administration, Central Missouri State University, 1969.
       William "Bill" Adams at a glance
  • Party: Republican
  • Age: 38
  • Family: Married, one child
  • Background: Navy Judge Advocate General Corps, oil and gas inspector, practices general law in Rockport.
  • Education: Rockport-Fulton High School graduate, 1978; bachelor of business administration, University of Texas, 1983; law degree, University of Houston Law School, 1991.
       

    Retirements make for hot political races

    Candidates vie for positions of Aransas County judge, commissioner as incumbents step down

    By DAVID SIKES
    Staff Writer

       The retirement of longtime Aransas County Judge Agnes "Tony" Harden has created an open race for the traditionally Democratic seat.
       Another hotly contested race was sparked by the retirement of veteran County Commissioner Ray Longino, a veteran Aransas County Democrat.
       County party chairs see the contests as either an opportunity to increase the GOP presence in Aransas County or as must-win races to maintain the balance of power.
       In the race for county judge, Robert "Bob" Shellenbergar, 59, beat two other Democrats in the March primary for a chance to run against GOP candidate William "Bill" Adams, the lone Republican candidate from the beginning.
       Both men are political newcomers.
       Adams, 38, is a Rockport lawyer. He said his legal experience as a Navy prosecutor, a legal assistant and a private practice lawyer qualifies him for the judicial demands of the post.
       "About half the job is judicial," Adams said. "I have more to offer, with my business administration degree, my governmental background with the (Judge Advocate General) unit and my legal background as a licensed practicing attorney."
       Shellenbergar, who also has a degree in business administration, said his 30 years of business management experience in the automotive industry makes him the better choice.
       If elected, Adams said, his main focus would be growth management, finding ways to prepare for the influx of retirees and other new residents to the Rockport area.
       Like the city of Rockport, Adams said, the county must improve its roads and sewers to deal with the population boom.
       Adams also said he'd like to work with the city and chamber of commerce to entice more environmentally friendly businesses to the area. Bringing in new commerce would shift some of the tax burden off families, he said.
       Both of these issues, Adams said, could be addressed in a good long-range plan for the county, which he supports.
       To tap into the rich experience of the area's retirement population, Adams said he also would support youth-guidance programs that involve retirees.
       Shellenbergar said he would push for a multipurpose convention center in Rockport, something that has been debated for years.
       He said that Aransas County could fulfill its potential as a tourist destination by building a new convention center.
       The completion of a State Highway 35 bypass from Farm-to-Market 3036 to the Copano Bay Bridge is another of Shellenbergar's priorities, he said.
       Shellenbergar also said he favors having the commissioners court meet at night occasionally to make county government more accessible to working people.
       In the race for the Precinct 2 seat on the Commissioners Court, Democratic candidate Rudy Nava said he promises to "get back to basics" and prepare for growth if elected. Maintaining good roads, good drainage and good police protection for the county would be a top priority, said Nava, 51, a retired refinery worker.
       "I want the commissioners court to work together as team. The south side has been neglected for too long," he said. "We need to bring it up to par with the rest of the county."
       Brad Steiner, 51, the Republican candidate for the Precinct 2 seat, listed among his top priorities a long-term plan to improve the county's jail and courthouse.
       Beefing up nighttime crime control and response is also in his platform, said Steiner, a television producer, commercial photographer and fisherman.
       Steiner said that if he is elected, he'll propose local pollution controls on shrimp farming in the county.
       "Clean bays and estuaries is everything to us," Steiner said. "I want to protect the environment while not taking away the rights of our residents."
       Other contested Aransas County races include the race for Precinct 4 county commissioner, pitting incumbent Republican Larry Barnebey against Democrat Michael "Mike" Womack; and Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace with incumbent Martin De Leon, a Democrat, versus Republican Bruce McMahan.
       The Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace contest pits Republican incumbent Patrick Daly against Glenda Easley, a Democrat.
       Staff writer David Sikes can be reached at 886-3778 or by e-mail at sikesd@scripps.com
  • Post your comments on this story in our forums.
    Scripps logo
      © 1998 Corpus Christi Caller Times, a Scripps Howard newspaper. All rights reserved.


    [an error occurred while processing this directive]


    [an error occurred while processing this directive]

    [an error occurred while processing this directive]

    Search our site:

    [an error occurred while processing this directive]

    [an error occurred while processing this directive]

    [an error occurred while processing this directive]

    [an error occurred while processing this directive]

    [an error occurred while processing this directive]