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Incumbent grapples with primary loss, feels he was stabbed in back

By Melissa Crowe
May 30, 2012 at 12:30 a.m.
Updated May 31, 2012 at 12:31 a.m.

Kenny Spann

With incumbent Kenny Spann out of the picture for the runoff election, the commissioners court is guaranteed to see change come January.

Spann, who took office Jan. 1, 2009, said he is disappointed in the results, especially in Bloomington and Placedo.

He said the loss feels like "backstabbing."

"I've been there and done this for these people," Spann said. "I feel very rejected."

Spann received 197 of the 1,477 votes cast in the Precinct 1 race.

Former Justice of the Peace Annie Ramos, who received 373 votes, and Texas Department of Transportation retiree Danny Garcia, who received 587 votes, will enter the July 31 runoff election.

County Judge Don Pozzi said he has enjoyed working with Spann.

"Kenny is a good man," Pozzi said. "Kenny has done a fine job. I'm going to miss him, and I wish him the very best. He will certainly be successful at whatever he chooses to do from here."

Pozzi said he expects the commissioner to finish out his term and take care of his precinct.

"I would fully expect, as I would expect any commissioner, to continue doing their job throughout the remainder of their term and I'm sure Kenny will do that," Pozzi said.

However, Spann said he was not looking at any projects or jobs in the precinct for his last six months.

"I don't have much of a plan, I'm just here now," Spann said.

Spann said his constituents let him down.

"I don't feel like I was appreciated," he said.

The courtesy station he re-opened in Bloomington closed for good Wednesday, and he does not plan to seek office in four years, he said.

Spann's wife, Melissa, said the campaign was personal. Spann grew up in Precinct 1 and his campaign was largely self-funded.

"He was there for the community," she said. "This was very dear to his heart ... In a way now, we can focus on the untimely death of our son."

Their 14-year-old son Matthew died Feb. 21. Spann said he plans to seek out answers to questions surrounding his son's death once the term ends.

Spann said he is thankful for the 197 voters who supported him and the financial contributions he received.

He said he will not support either Democratic candidate in the runoff.

"Why should I, as an incumbent, back somebody who is going to take my position," he said. "I'm not here to bash anybody, I'm just upset."

Spann said he never considered himself a politician, and he is confident that he has done a good job for the precinct.

"At least I know where I stand," Spann said. "This was a full-time job for me ... But I'd rather it be now than in November."

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