Goliad candidates Bowman, Calhoun head to runoff election
May 22, 2014 at 12:22 a.m.
The Goliad primary runoff election is Tuesday, giving voters a last chance to cast their ballot for a Republican county judge candidate.
The incumbent, David Bowman, has focused his campaign on growing the tax base. In his first term, Bowman helped coordinate an effort to bring in a natural gas processing plant through a tax abatement.
"I'm hoping that leads to additional construction. And hopefully, that sends a message to other folks that we're willing to work with them and to come talk to us. I've been here and have worked on that," Bowman said.
Bowman continues to work to bring a standalone emergency room and possibly a clinic in Goliad County, a measure his opponent, Pat Calhoun, says is not economically feasible.
"I'd rather see us spend more money on ambulances," Calhoun said. "I can't see an emergency room sustaining itself."
The two hospital systems Bowman has spoken to have told him that the demographics in Goliad County are able to support a standalone emergency facility, he said.
"That means they're willing to come in here and staff it and possibility pay for the equipment. They're doing their homework, and it's a viable economic option for them," Bowman said.
Calhoun's first order of business as Goliad County judge would be to boost morale, he said.
"I think people are very unhappy with decisions that have been made. And I think there's going to have to be a rebuilding process before you can go forward with anything else," Calhoun said.
Both Calhoun and Bowman said they would work together with the city and school districts in a cooperative effort moving forward.
"We are all in one community. It's called Goliad," Calhoun said.
Early voting ends Friday. The Republican nominee will face Democratic candidate Ernest Alaniz in the Nov. 4 general election.