UPDATE 10/11: See Q&As with Hays County candidates at this link: https://communityimpact.com/section/vote/.
For the Nov. 6 election, four Hays County commissioner seats and the county judge are on the voter ballot.
The county judge seat is currently held by Bert Cobb, who has served two four-year terms but stepped down in August 2017 for an indefinite amount of time to begin treatment for leukemia. Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe has been conducting business in his absence.
Hays County precinct seats 2, 3 and 4 are currently held by Mark Jones, Lon Shell and Ray Whisenant, respectively.
Early voting and Election Day polling sites for the November elections were approved by Hays County commissioners Aug. 7, with some location changes and extended hours at some sites to address a growing population.
- Oct. 9—Last day to register to vote
- Oct, 22—First day of early voting
- Oct. 26—Last day to apply for a ballot by mail
- Nov. 2—Last day of early voting
- Nov. 6—Election Day
County judge candidate—Ruben Becerra
Ruben Becerra, a small business owner, is running as the democratic candidate for Hays County judge.
His experience includes serving as board president of El Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos and being a founding member of Mermaid Society SMTX. He is also a former planning and zoning commissioner, parks and recreation board member, Main Street advisory board member and was recently elected to the San Marcos CISD Bond Oversight Committee.
County judge candidate—Will Conley
Will Conley is running for Hays County judge as a Republican candidate.
He is a Hays County business owner and is currently serving his third consecutive term as chairman of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. Conley also served 13 years as a Hays County commissioner before stepping down in 2017 to campaign.
County Commissioner, Precinct 2, candidate—Mark Jones
Mark Jones is currently serving his second term as Hays County Commissioner, Precinct 2, and is running for reelection.
He also serves on the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization board and perviously served as a two-term trustee and vice president of the Hays CISD board, and on the board of directors for the Plum Creek Conservation District, a regional water district spanning two counties. Jones will run as the Republican candidate.
County Commissioner, Precinct 2, candidate—Richard W. Cronshey
Richard Cronshey is running for the Hays County Commissioner Precinct 2 seat as a democratic candidate.
He is member of the “founding fathers” of the city of Niederwald and has worked as a public school secondary science and math teacher for over 30 years in Hays and surrounding counties.
County Commissioner, Precinct 3, candidate—Jimmy Alan Hall
Jimmy Alan Hall, a democratic candidate, is running for the Precinct 3 commissioner seat.
Hall became a licensed attorney in November 1982 with a focus on Environmental Law.
County Commissioner, Precinct 3, candidate—Lon Shell
Lon Shell, a small business owner and Republican candidate, is running for reelection for Hays County commissioner in Precinct 3.
Shell was first appointed to his position in October 2017 and perviously served as Hays County’s chief of staff for seven years.
County Commissioner, Precinct 4, candidate—Omar Baca
Omar Baca is running the for Hays County commissioner in Precinct 4 seat.
He is running as a democratic candidate.
County Commissioner, Precinct 4, candidate—Walt Smith
Walt Smith is a Republican candidate running for Hays County Commissioner, Precinct 4.
He has worked for the Department of Agriculture under the George W. Bush administration. Smith is also the founder and president of The Mallard Group, a government relations firm.
Jon Thompson is a write-in candidate running for Hays County Commissioner, Precinct 4.
With a degree in planning, Thompson has worked for the Hays County and as planning director for the city of Dripping Springs. He is also on the board of trustees for Dripping Springs ISD.