Cyrier, Golemon headed to HD 17 runoff

John Cyrier and Brent Golemon will face off in a runoff election after none of the five candidates in the Jan. 6 special election to fill the vacant House District 17 seat received at least a 50-percent majority of votes.

HD 17 includes portions of Bastrop, Caldwell, Gonzales, Karnes and Lee counties.

According to unofficial results, Cyrier finished the night with 3,515 votes or 46.1 percent, and Golemon finished with 1,866 votes, good for 24.47 percent.

Also receiving votes were Shelley Cartier, with 290 votes or 3.8 percent, Linda Curtis with 1,046 votes or 13.71 percent and Ty McDonald with 907 votes or 11.89 percent.

Cyrier, president of Sabre Commercial, a commercial construction company, has previously served on the Caldwell County Commissioners Court. Cyrier also previously served on the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, the group responsible for coordinating transportation projects in Central Texas.

Cyrier said he was honored and thrilled with the results of the Jan. 6 special election.

He said he plans to make education, transportation and water three of his highest priorities if elected. HD 17 includes the area where Forestar Real Estate Group has ground leases for water, of which Hays County has reserved 12,000 acre-feet and is currently in litigation to obtain a reservation on an additional 33,000 acre-feet.

Water is our most precious resource, Cyrier said. Local authority needs to decide how they're going to use that resource. This district is very fortunate because it has three of Texas' top resources, which are water and oil and gas.

Golemon, an entrepreneur, said he also plans to focus on transportation, education and water.

"Our next step is to paint a clear picture of what I would do in office and how to distinguish that from the opponent who is there," Golemon said.

Votes from the Jan. 6 election are to be canvassed the week of Jan. 12, and a date for the runoff election will be held at a date to be determined by the governor.

The HD 17 seat was vacated after former Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt resigned his seat in late 2014 to take a job with the Texas Department of Agriculture.