Incumbent Dennis Kocian gets GOP nod for Lavaca County commissioner

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

March 4, 2014 at 11:02 p.m.
Updated March 4, 2014 at 9:05 p.m.

HALLETTSVILLE - Dennis Kocian won the Republican Party nomination for Lavaca County commissioner, Precinct 4, on Tuesday.

Political newcomer Mark Wick, 56, was challenging Kocian, the incumbent.

Kocian and his wife, Shirley, celebrated when they heard the results.

"I ran a good, clean race," the 55-year-old former contractor said.

Kocian said he wants to keep the county viable and a good place to live.

"We (the commissioners court) try to host the businesses as best as we can," he said.

"Thank you to the people who supported him and voted for him even in this nasty weather," his wife said.

Wick said afterward, "The people have spoken," and thanked his supporters. He said he would support Kocian in the general election and may run for the position again in four years.

Wick's goal was to keep taxes low.

"He (Kocian) has been in here for 10 years. I think it's time for some new blood," he said.

Kocian was appointed in September 2003. He was elected the following year.

Kocian will not have a Democratic Party opponent in the November election.



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