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Libertarian candidate out of commissioner's race

By DAVID TEWES
Aug. 2, 2010 at 3:02 a.m.


WHAT'S NEXT?The commissioners court will begin its budget workshops at 9 a.m. Tuesday for the fiscal year beginning Jan. 1.

It will be on the second floor of the courthouse at 115 N. Bridge St.

Meetings are also scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. daily the rest of the week. They could carry over into next week, although an agenda has not yet been posted.

County Commissioner Kevin Janak will be unopposed in the November general election, which was ordered Monday by the Victoria County Commissioners Court.

Republican Janak, who represents Precinct 2, was to have faced Libertarian John Kirkpatrick in November.

But George Matthews, the county elections administrator, said the Libertarian Party did not conduct a county convention after the primary election.

"The convention must nominate those members who made application," he said. "Without the convention, there is no opportunity to create the nomination."

Janak said the fact that he will be unopposed in November is humbling for him.

"I will continue to work and do my best for the residents of Precinct 2 and Victoria County," he said. "As a matter of fact, it will make me work harder."

Kirkpatrick was out of town and could not be reached.

The Nov. 2 election order approved by the commissioners court is only for county offices. Gov. Rick Perry will order the election for state offices.

Victoria County offices included are county judge, county courts at law No. 1 and No. 2, district clerk, county clerk, county treasurer, Precinct 2 and Precinct 4 county commissioners and all four justices of the peace.

The commissioners court also approved joint election agreements with the Victoria County Groundwater Conservation District, Bloomington Independent School District and Nursery Independent School District.

Matthews said there is a possibility there will be no contested races for entities, although he anticipates candidates filing for the Bloomington election.

Filing for those elections began July 25 and continues through Aug. 24.

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