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Goliad County Judge incumbent heads into commissioner race

By Sara Sneath , SARA PRIEST
Aug. 21, 2014 at 2:36 p.m.


Goliad County Judge David Bowman promises to play nice in the run for Commissioner Precinct 4 against David Bruns.

"I don't plan to get ugly," he said. "It's just not my nature."

Bowman filed as a write-in candidate on Monday, the last day to file.

"It took me a while to make up my mind if I wanted to do that or not," Bowman said, about filing for the seat.

Bowman lost the Republican nomination for Calhoun County Judge in a runoff election against Pat Calhoun in May. The primaries and runoff got dirty when accusations flew between Calhoun, Bowman and their respective supporters.

The Goliad County Republican Party Chairman Kenneth Buelter said he hopes to see Republican candidates in the general election act more professionally.

"As Goliad County Chair, I ask all Republican candidates for office to abide by Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment, to do no harm to the party when campaigning. I hope candidates for office in the general election will conduct themselves respectfully," he wrote in an email Wednesday.

Bruns said he wasn't surprised to hear Bowman was making a move for the position.

"I kind of had a gut feeling he would do that after he lost his other election," Bruns said.

Despite the unexpected competition, Bruns said he plans to behave himself.

"I'm going to play a nice guy over this deal," he said.

Bruns owns three businesses in Goliad and ranches on the side. Bowman's plan for an emergency care facility in Goliad isn't financially feasible, he said.

"I know when you can afford something and when you can't," Bruns said.

If elected, Bruns hopes to make the county roads safer and prevent people from dumping their trash on the side of the roads, he said.

Bowman's goals would include continuing to build Goliad's economic development, which he worked on while in office as county judge, he said. If elected, Bowman would also voluntarily cut his vehicle allowance from $10,000 per year to $5,000, he said.

While some questioned the legality of Bowman running as a write-in candidate, the move is deemed legal under state election rules, said Jeff Hillery, the deputy communications director for the Texas Secretary of State.

"He could be a write in candidate for a different office than the one he ran for," Hillery wrote in an email Thursday.

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