Meet Your Hays County 2018 Democratic Candidates
Hays County Judge
Ruben Becerra is running for Hays County Judge to restore confidence, bring transparency, strengthen fiscal stewardship, and preserve our natural resources for future generations. He believes community engagement is the backbone to a thriving community.
“I will work to develop a network of solid relationships built on trust, integrity, collaboration, and shared commitment to ensure a desirable quality of life for Hays County residents,” Ruben said.
Ruben and his family have called San Marcos home for almost two decades. Ruben values our community’s rich history and together with his family owns local iconic businesses Gil’s Broiler, The Manske Roll Bakery, and Dixie Cream Donuts. He and his wife, Monica, opened a small medical supply store, SMS, focused on serving breast cancer survivors.
Hays County Clerk
Elaine Cardenas is a seasoned executive who brings to the job of Hays County Clerk experience in successfully managing large federal data collection and management contracts. For more than 30 years, Elaine worked as an executive in Washington, D.C., think tanks such as The Gallup Organization and DRC, directing multimillion-dollar contracts for research, data collection, data analysis, and information dissemination for clients such as the U.S. Department of Defense, the Veterans Administration, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Through that experience, she gained knowledge of the role and importance of vital statistics at the local and national levels and developed a network of contacts at federal agencies and professional associations engaged in statistical research. Since moving to Wimberley, Texas, in 2014, she has applied her organizational skills to community service initiatives, including the Wimberley Community Civic Club’s scholarship committee and En Confianza, a program serving Hispanics in our community. She has an MBA and PhD in cultural studies, a discipline that examines the effects of our economic structures on daily life. She is well qualified to assume leadership of the Hays County Clerk’s office.
“The job of County Clerk is not a clerical job. It requires more than good recordkeeping,” Elaine said. “It requires a leader experienced in managing complex data collection, analysis and reporting operations — someone who can effectively work with the IT team and other staff members to set standards and procedures and address problems, and someone who also can advocate for the team with colleagues on the Commissioners Court.
“Hays County residents should expect from their County Clerk complete and accurate records, protection from identity theft and other threats, and, most important, exceptional customer service,” Elaine continued. “I pledge to fulfill these expectations, and I will serve the residents of Hays County by improving accessibility, making hours of operation more convenient, and reducing fees. I will modernize the office, bringing it in line with 21st-century standards.”
Richard Cronshey is running for Hays County Commissioner, Precinct 2, which is the Buda, Kyle, Niederwald, and Uhland areas. Community service has been his life’s work.
“I would like to continue my public service work to improve the inadequate infrastructure in Precinct 2,” Richard said. “My concern for the environment, safety, emergency services in Hays County, and fiscal responsibility are among the reasons I am seeking this office.”
Richard, his wife and four children have been residents of Niederwald for more than 34 years. With a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and graduate studies at Texas State University in San Marcos, Richard has worked as a public school secondary science and math teacher for more than 30 years in Hays and surrounding counties.
Jimmy Alan Hall
Hays County Commissioner, Precinct 3
Jimmy Alan Hall wants to create a Hays County government that is honest and effective and cares for and serves the needs of everyone in a positive manner. He wants to preserve and protect our way of life, our beautiful and sensitive natural environment, and our communities, towns, public works, and heritage as changes and development occur, including the quality and quantity of our water resources. He also supports wise money management through a “right-sized” government that is effective, efficient, and economical — and one that gets things done.
An Eagle Scout and church lay leader, Jimmy Alan earned a master’s degree in public affairs and a law degree from the University of Texas. He has worked with the state’s environmental agency and ensured that the San Marcos wastewater effluent discharge had the most stringent limits for that time. He has represented citizen groups and achieved a ban on effluent discharges into the Highland Lakes and stopped a proposed hazardous waste disposal facility. He worked on forming the Barton Springs–Edwards Aquifer District and served as special counsel to the Edwards Aquifer Authority. He has represented several groups and individuals in protecting their individual rights and their property from harm and pollution. As a business owner for more than 25 years, he is well versed in issues such as property taxes, budgets, insurance, employees, and safety.
“I am running toward my dream of helping everyone in Hays County to reduce stress in their lives, to protect and improve their quality of life, their environment and their water, to a champion an effective and efficient government, to build relationships between all of us,” Jimmy Alan said. “Will you join me?”
Hays County Commissioner, Precinct 4