Goliad County commissioner Precinct 4 candidates' focuses differ
Feb. 7, 2018 at 10:15 p.m.
Updated Feb. 8, 2018 at 6 a.m.
Republican candidates for Goliad County commissioner for Precinct 4 are focusing on different issues to make change in the county.
The incumbent and a challenger will vie for the Republican nomination in the March 6 primaries.
Jimmy Schulze, of Goliad, said his experience in the United States Air Force from 1969 to 1973 taught him lessons in serving and giving to the community.
Schulze has been an emergency responder with the Schroeder Volunteer Fire Department since 2009.
He is running for county commissioner because of his dissatisfaction with commissioners court and budget deficits.
He said distractions such as officials yelling, threats and disagreement over whether to lower the U.S. flag have removed the court's focus from fixing the current economic situation in the county.
If elected, he intends to strengthen the working relationship between the city and the county.
He also plans to offer more training sessions and preparation strategies for natural disasters to help improve recovery after natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey.
The incumbent, David Bruns, said he is a third-generation Goliad County resident, landowner and business owner who longs to help his hometown.
He started his business, Goliad Auto Service, in 1986 and Goliad Auto Parts in 2011.
If re-elected, Bruns plans to focus on increasing traffic to Goliad, preserving historic buildings and boosting economic development.
Completing four lanes of travel from Goliad to George West would increase traffic, which would yield an increase in business and customers, he said.
One building he would like to preserve is the Goliad Memorial Auditorium. The building's roof had a leak, Bruns said. About 20 percent of the floor was warped because of the rain.
Preserving the building would allow its continued use for weddings, the county fair and other events, he said.
The winner of the GOP primary will not have a Democratic Party opponent in the November general election.