New Braunfels | October 2020

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LEVEL UP In order to rebuild the dam and restore Lake Dunlap, voters will have to pass all three propositions on the Nov. 3 ballot.

PROPOSITIONS:

Conrming the creation of Lake Dunlap Water Control and Improvement District (WCID)

An operation and maintenance tax for the district not to exceed $0.10 per $100 valuation

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Approval of the contract and the levy of taxes for payment of obligations under the contract with Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, including the levy of taxes to make payment on bonds issued by the GBRA in a maximum principal amount of $40 million

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SOURCES: PRESERVE LAKE DUNLAP ASSOCIATION, LAKE DUNLAP WATER CONTROL AND IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Lake Dunlap dropped an estimated 14 feet after a spill gate failed in May 2019.

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LakeDunlap residentsmakenal push to restoredam When a key spill gate at Lake Dun- lap’s dam failed last year, water lev- els plummeted and have remained approximately 14 feet below regular levels ever since, according to Gua- dalupe-Blanco River Authority. The incident has since resulted in numer- ous losses for the community, and area ocials have been working on a restoration plan that will help local property owners and revitalize the area’s economy. The lower water levels have created a number of problems for residents. The issues range from numerous home- owners stating their property values have declined to greatly diminished lake recreation that has led to drops in certain aspects of the local economy. Residents with homes along the lake were left with docks hovering up to 18 feet above the muddy ground, and property values are expected to drop an average of 28% this year, according to the Guadalupe Appraisal District. The incident that occurred May 14, 2019, has left residents of Lake Dunlap with a complex choice Nov. 3: Finance CONTINUED ON 24 BY LAUREN CANTERBERRY

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THE ART OF GETTING BY An August report on the pandemic’s eect examines unemployment in January and May 2020 for performing artists, such as musicians, and nonperforming artists, such as painters.

Local artists,musiciansderive strategies forpandemic losses

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BY BRIAN RASH

PERFORMING ARTISTS

Musician Jill Holecheck said she does not consider sing- ing in two bands her career, but estimates that prior to the pandemic, she derived about 30% of her annual income from paying gigs. Holecheck, who until August lived in San Marcos before moving to Austin, said she and her other bandmates have discussed virtual concerts as well as yard concerts up in Austin that have become more popular lately, but as yet she CONTINUED ON 26

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Now Open, Coming Soon &more TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES 9 Area road projects DEVELOPMENT UPDATES 11 Two new re stations have gone under contract for construction and are making advancements toward replacing decades-old stations in New Braunfels EDUCATION BRIEFS 13 News from area school districts CITY& COUNTY 15 The latest local news

MARKET TEAM GENERAL MANAGER Heather Demere, hdemere@communityimpact.com EDITOR Brian Rash REPORTER Lauren Canterberry

FROMHEATHER: Fall is among us, complete with a nice drop in temperatures. Enjoy this last month of daylight saving time as we fall back to much earlier sunsets starting Nov. 1. In this issue we have included a sample ballot. Early voting begins Oct. 13, and residents can vote at any location in Comal and Guadalupe counties depending on residence. In that spirit, we have also included a noncomprehensive list of polling locations throughout both counties. Included in this edition, read Reporter Lauren Canterberry’s thorough examination of the current state of Lake Dunlap and the related propositions up for election Nov. 3 that could result in extensive projects to repair the dam that failed in 2019. Heather Demere, GENERALMANAGER

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FROMBRIAN: There are some pluses and minuses right now for area artists and musicians who continue to navigate the ongoing pandemic. Regarding the pluses, venues in New Braunfels are starting to open for musicians, adding some more revenue options for working musicians. Artists are also nding some inroads toward more sales of their work via online platforms. But, for the most part, the pandemic is showing little sign of relenting, and venues for artists and musicians must still move forward with caution, if they do so at all. In this issue we take an anecdotal look at how local artists have been surviving during the era of COVID-19. Brian Rash, EDITOR

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soul shine.” 830-627-4610. www.facebook.com/soulshinestoreTX 5 A full-service salon and boutique called Tonie Taylor Salon opened Sept. 20 at 2339 Gruene Lake Drive, Ste. B, New Braunfels. Owner Tonie Taylor Grindle said she had previously rent- ed a double suite at Salons by JC, 349 Creekside Way, New Braunfels, before making plans to move into a space of her own. “We just love Gruene Lake Village, and we are so excited to be a part of the village,” Grindle said. 210-779-4694. www.tonietaylor.com ANNIVERSARIES 6 Central Texas nance company Corridor Title , which has oces in New Braunfels, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary Oct. 25. Corridor Title, which provides title insurance for change of ownership for its clients, is located at 410 W. San Antonio St., Ste. 100, New Braunfels. The business also has oces in Austin and Dripping Springs. 830-387-4739. www.corridortitleco.com

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NOWOPEN 1 A new eatery called The Concession Stand held its grand opening Sept. 12. Located at 2348 Gruene Lake Drive, Ste. A, New Braunfels, the restaurant hosted a soft opening event a week earlier on Sept. 5. The Concession Stand serves snow cones, hot dogs, pretzels and more. www.facebook.com/ the-concession-stand-109617674194845

2 Guadalupe Vintage & Co. are plan- ning to open Oct. 3 at 1720 Hunter Road, New Braunfels. The boutique shop is run by Sara Howard, owner of BarBelles Boutique. Her daughter, Jesi, is also a co-owner. The shop specializes in vintage clothing and accessories. 830-312-0059. www.guadalupevintage.com 3 Outlaw Body Fuel opened at 2090 N. I-35, Ste. 5110, New Braunfels, on Aug. 10. The business oers nutrition,

fat burning, pre-workout and energy supplements. 830-632-5755. www.outlawbodyfuel.com 4 Vintage clothing store Soul Shine , located at 292 W. Mill St., New Braunfels, are planning to open Oct. 1. Owner Judy Dickerson said a grand opening event will also be held at the store Oct. 21 and will include live music. Information from Soul Shine states the store will specialize in “a fun mix of vintage clothes, funky nds and anything else that’ll make your

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7 The Renery Spa will celebrate one year in business in October at 177 S. Se- guin Ave., New Braunfels. The spa oers a variety of salon and spa experiences, from haircuts and coloring to facials, lash extensions and waxing. 830-632-5452. www.thereneryspa.com 8 Sapphire Creek Dental will celebrate one year in business in the Oak Run Point shopping center at 2180 Hwy. 46, Ste. 105, New Braunfels. The business opened Oct. 7, 2019, and provides modern dental care and services such as orthodontics 9 On Sept. 8, the new Gruene Water Reclamation Facility began treating wastewater from New Braunfels at 1835 Gruene Road, New Braunfels. The new facility, which is taking over operations from the current Gruene Wastewater Treatment Plant, is capable of treating up to 2.5 million gallons of wastewater per day, up from 1.1 million gallons at the original plant. The project included the construction of the new Gruene Road plant, installation of a sewer transfer pipe from the existing plant, abandonment of the existing center and construction of a sewer transfer pipe from Blieders Creek, according to Michael Short, New Braunfels Utilities director of water services and compli- ance. 830-629-8400. www.nbutexas.com 10 JCPenney , which has a New Braunfels location at 215 Creekside Way, is expected to enter into a $1.75 billion and oral surgery. 830-500-5951. www.sapphirecreekdental.com IN THE NEWS

sale agreement with commercial real estate companies Simon Property Group and Brookeld Property Partners. The sale is expected to move Plano-based JCPenney out of bankruptcy and prevent liquidation of its assets, according to news announced in a Sept. 9 hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. “Simon, Brookeld, the lenders, and the company, the creditors committee are all committed to moving this forward quickly and saving JCPen- ney as we know it,” said Joshua Sussberg of Kirkland and Ellis law rm, who is representing JCPenney in this process. 830-632-2113. www.jcpenney.com 11 New Braunfels Ghost Tours , located at 129 S. Seguin Ave., New Braunfels, in September was named the eighth best ghost tour in the U.S. by USA Today ’s 10Best list. The company oers 90-minute walking tours of haunted spots throughout the New Braunfels downtown area. The tours cost $20 per person and are recommended for ages 12 and up, but New Braunfels Ghost Tours oers group discounts. 830-221-5221. www.nbghosttours.com CLOSINGS 12 Escape Haus , located at 1671 S. I-35, New Braunfels, has announced it will close permanently Oct. 1. The busi- ness featured live-action escape games for its clientele with ve dierent rooms and was open in the New Braunfels area for four years, according to an an- nouncement from the owner. 830-832-5040. www.escapehaus.com

Columbus Hall could host regular food truck rallies in its parking lot as soon as mid-October.

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FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON Planning for a regular showcase of local food trucks at the parking lot of Columbus Club Hall , located at 111 Landa St., New Braunfels, has continued after the project was greenlit by the hall’s board of directors. Shannon Davies, the operations manager for the Columbus Club Hall, rst proposed the plan to the board at a Sept. 2 meeting. The plan was approved with the goal of utilizing the space at least once a month for a food truck rally, and Davies said she expects the rst event to be held in mid-October. The association has received inquiries from mobile vendors in the past to operate out of the hall’s parking lot, and Davies said residents have expressed interest in the plans. “With Wurstfest being canceled, I was like, ‘This is a perfect opportunity to try something of this caliber out,’” Davies said. “If all goes well, we can supplement that taste of Wurstfest that people look forward to all year. I wanted to maybe help the community feel normal for once.” After receiving board approval, Davies and her team have begun working on the

necessary permits to host the event and are considering a partnership with Fun Biz Concessions. “I’m working out the details regarding a special event permit from the city that the hall might be required to have to host food trucks,” Davies wrote in an email. “Once I have the permit, it’s just a matter of getting some good trucks scheduled, then we’re on our way.” Davies is seeking more vendors who would be interested in participating. “I do want vendors to come back, and I do want them to know that this is a spot that can be really fruitful for them—even during this time,” Davies said. 830-625-2279 www.columbusclubhall.com

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ONGOING PROJECTS

1 Klein Road reconstruction Phase 1 of the reconstruction of Klein Road is widening the street to make way for three lanes and a turn lane or four lanes with a median, curbs, sidewalks and amenities ap- proved under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The project stretches from FM 1044 to Walnut Avenue, and city information states the work has been delayed due to issues with third-party utilities. Timeline: February 2019-summer 2021 Cost: $8 million Funding source: city of New Braunfels 2013 bond program

2 Improvements on Solms Road, Rueckle Road and Morningside Drive This project includes Solms Road from I-35 to Morningside Drive, Morningside from Solms to I-35 and Rueckle Road from I-35 to Morningside. It will widen the roadway and install curbs and sidewalks. Garry Ford Jr., New Braunfels assistant public works director, said it was delayed in 2020 due to issues with third-party utilities. Timeline: December 2018-fall 2021 Cost: $11 million Funding source: city of New Braunfels 2013 bond program

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3 Klein Road improvement Phase 2 Information from the city states Phase 2 of Klein Road improvements constitute an extension of improvements on the roadway from Walnut Avenue to FM 725. City information states the project will also replace a low-water crossing with a bridge, widen the roadway to two travel lanes in each direction with left-turn lanes located near higher-volume inter- sections. Ford said the project is in the final design phase. Timeline: TBD Cost: $13 million Funding source: city of New Braunfels 2019 bond program

4 Improvements on Goodwin Lane and Conrads Lane The project to improve the two roadways involves reconstruction of Goodwin Lane from FM 306 to Conrads Lane as well as the reconstruction of Conrads from Goodwin to I-35. The project will also see the installation of shared pedestrian walkways and drainage improvements. Ford said the project is now at the final design stage. Timeline: TBD Cost: $21.4 million Funding source: city of New Braunfels 2019 bond program

5 Expansion of Barbarosa Road The expansion of Barbarosa Road from FM 1101 to just past Alves Lane will create a four-lane roadway with a raised median and sidewalks. Ford said the timing of this project depends on bond funding, and a timeline for the project will become clear as the plan for allocations through the 2019 bond program develops. The cost is still not determined, but so far $3,114,540 has been allocated for this and the north-south collector project. Timeline: TBD Cost: TBD Funding source: city of New Braunfels 2019 bond program

6 North-south collector project This project will create a new roadway from I-35 to the August Fields subdi- vision at Alves Lane. It will be a two- lane roadway with a shared-use path and drainage facilities. Ford said more planning is needed regarding funding allocations through the 2019 bond pro- gram before timelines can be established. The cost is still not determined, but so far $3,114,540 has been allocated for this and the expansion of Barbarosa Road. Timeline: TBD Cost: TBD Funding source: city of New Braunfels 2019 bond program

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DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

Projects underway in your community

Construction on the newMarktplatz building is nearing completion.

Fire Station No. 2 in New Braunfels will replace an older station located on Loop 337.

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currently under construction,” Herbelin wrote in an email. “As a result, some of the site work may intentionally be delayed to avoid the additional expense of doing the same work twice.” Once construction is complete, crews will return equipment and decorations salvaged from the original building to the new facility, and replacement decorations will be installed, Herbelin said. The 2021 celebration has been scheduled for Nov. 5-14, Herbelin said, adding there are no plans to use the space for any other events that would present similar public health challenges. “The cancellation of the festival gives us a little more time that we can use to our advantage,” Herbelin said. “If we don’t look nished from the outside, it’s by design.”

BY LAUREN CANTERBERRY

Construction to rebuild the Markt- platz building on the Wurstfest grounds has continued through the coronavirus pandemic despite the cancellation of the annual festival earlier this summer. After being destroyed in a series of res four days after the 2019 Wurstfest celebration, rebuilding eorts began on the new Marktplatz in March 2020. The 17,000-square-foot facility was scheduled for completion at the end of October 2020 in time for the 60th anniversary of Wurstfest, which was to be held Nov. 6-15. On July 23, the Wurstfest board of direc- tors announced the cancellation of the 2020 festival, citing anticipated challenges with enforcing COVID-19 guidelines at the event. Wurstfest Executive Director Suzanne Herbelin said the pan- demic has not caused any delays in construction, but the board plans to delay some site work to allow New Braunfels Utilities to complete a sewer project slated for November. “This sewer line currently runs through our property, and the new route will take a dierent, more intrusive path through the area

BY BRIAN RASH

CONSTRUCTION COSTS The two re stations planned for New Braunfels come as part of the city’s 2019 bond. Itemized cost of construction for both stations is as follows:

Two new re stations replacing decades-old facilities are now under contract due to unanimous approval from city ocials during a Sept. 14 New Braunfels City Council meeting. The construction contract for $11.38 million went to Seidel Construction LLC and comes as part of the city’s $117 million 2019 bond program, which will oversee the execution of a number of other capital improvement projects covering transportation, public safety, library facilities, and parks and recreation. Jennifer Cain, the New Braunfels capital programs manager, said the agreement came at a slight discount because both stations went under one contract. Cain said Fire Station No. 2 will replace an old facility on Loop 337 that was built in the ’70s and was about 2,700 square feet. Fire Station No. 3 will replace the current structure on Hanz Drive that was built in the 1980s. It will house up to six personnel and have three equipment bays, according to city information.

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EDUCATION BRIEFS

News from New Braunfels ISD

COMPILED BY LAUREN CANTERBERRY

NBISD to allowstudent switch between online and in-person class instruction

KNOW YOUR REPRESENTATIVE NBISD will hold a Nov. 3 election for single-member districts 2 and 4.

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NEWBRAUNFELS ISD Ahead of Oct. 16, which is the end of the rst nine-week grading period, students enrolled at New Braunfels ISD will be able to request a change in instruc- tion environment for the remainder of the semester. Students enrolled in on-campus learning may request a change to online learning, provided they are passing three core classes and have at least 90% attendance, according to the district’s back-to-school plan. If a student enrolled in remote learning is not meeting those criteria, they must return to campus, accord- ing to NBISD Director of Communica- tions Rebecca Villarreal. “We expect quite a few students that are going to transition from remote to campus,” Villarreal said. “We’ll start looking at numbers where we can shift those kids into open seats or classes that are already existing.” Change requests will be received

from Sept. 28-Oct. 4, and students will be able to start their new schedules Oct. 19. Students who wish to continue their current learning method do not need to re-enroll, according to the plan. District information also states a change in learning environment may result in a teacher or campus change for elementary students and teacher or schedule changes for secondary students. Once the district knows how many students in each grade have requested on-campus instruction, teachers and students will be assigned to classes with the goal of maintaining distancing in the classroom, Villarreal said. Comal ISD ocials have stated the district will also allow students to change their instruction option ahead of the Oct. 16 end of the nine weeks but has yet to release the dates for parents to submit requests.

District 4 Matthew Sargent* John E. Tucker

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District to hold board election NEWBRAUNFELS ISD At a Sept. 14 school board meeting, New Braunfels ISD board members approved a joint election agree- ment and election service contract with Guadalupe County for the Nov. 3 election. The board originally called the election during the Aug. 17 board meeting in partnership with the city of New Braunfels and Comal County. Joint election agreements allow the district to utilize the

same voting locations and election resources as other public entities, according to information from the district. The November races will elect trustees for single-member districts 2 and 4. Typically, the district would canvass election results at the next regularly scheduled board meeting after the election, which is Nov. 9, but due to overlapping dead- lines with Comal and Guadalupe counties, the district will wait until after Nov. 13. The board will hold a special meeting Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. to canvass results and still beat the Nov. 17 deadline.

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CITY& COUNTY

News from New Braunfels & Comal County

COMPILED BY BRIAN RASH

All meetings may be viewed online. Check websites for announcements related to in-person attendance. New Braunfels City Council Meets second and fourth Monday at 6 p.m. • 830-221-4000 www.nbtexas.org Comal County Commissioners Court Meets Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. 830-221-1100 • www.co.comal.tx.us Guadalupe County Commissioners Court Meets Tuesdays at 10 a.m. 830-303-8869 www.co.guadalupe.us MEETINGSWE COVER NUMBER TOKNOW $161,744.87 This was the amount of base property taxes collected by the Comal County Tax Oce for the month of August. The information was provided by the tax oce during the Aug. 17 Comal County Commissioners Court meeting. A number of other fees were added to that total, including $13,828.04 in penalties, $7,673.47 in interest and $19,026.11 in other fees in August. According to information from the county, that brings the month’s total to more than $202,000 in total payments made by taxpayers. Comal Countycorrects record to reect 24 extraCOVID19deaths COMAL COUNTY Ocials issued a press release Sept. 3 stating the county is reporting 24 new deaths that previously went unreported. “We don’t want people to be alarmed about the spike in the number of deaths. We did not have 24 deaths from yesterday to today,” Public Health Director Cheryl Fraser said in the release. “After closely reviewing the state database of death records, we found 24 deaths that happened between April and August that were not reported. We are correcting our numbers to be as accurate as possible and show true data for Comal County.”

Ocials vote to pass the 2021 budget, tax rate and $62million in bond issuance

BOND ISSUANCES As part of its 2020-21 budget process, New Braunfels ocials voted to approve bond issuances that will help fund ongoing capital improvement projects. Those include: $14.47 MILLION in certicates of obligation $47.77 MILLION general obligation bond

River access expands throughout the city NEWBRAUNFELS Access to the Comal and Guadalupe rivers in New Braunfels became much more abundant Sept. 9. This is due to a decision from city ocials allowing river parks through- out the city to reopen but still with limitations in place meant to protect public health and safety. NEWBRAUNFELS The annual pro- cess that began in mid-July for New Braunfels reached its conclusion Sept. 14. That was when City Council passed a number of ordinances centered on the city’s scal year 2020-21 budget and tax rate, including more than $62 million in bond issuances. “Not only is the budget itself conservative, but we have several strategies built into next year’s budget to help mitigate any additional impacts of COVID-19 that we may continue to experience,” city Chief Financial Ocer Jared Werner said. Council passed the budget, which Werner on Sept. 10 projected at $134 million in revenue and $235.9 million A release from the city also stated that though the parks may be open, Gov. Greg Abbott’s late June execu- tive order restricting the activities of river outtters remains in place. “Residents and visitors are asked to enjoy the city’s beautiful parks and rivers, but are asked to do so with the health and safety of all in mind,” the release states. “Those that choose to visit New Braunfels amenities have the responsibility to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and should commit to following the Governor’s orders and safety precautions, including social distancing, mask wearing, and hand washing.” Parks that will be open include Prince Solms Park, Hinman Island, River Acres Park and Cypress Bend Park. The release states the city has also recently reopened various park amenities in these areas, including the Landa Park Wading Pool, basket- ball courts and tennis courts.

in expenditures, of which more than $100 million will be through the city’s capital fund. Council also ocially passed the tax rate for FY 2020-21—$0.483194 per $100 of valuation—slightly lower than council also voted to approve $14.47 million in certicates of obligation as well as a general obligation bond at $47.77 million that will support various 2019 bond projects, including several re stations and road projects, Werner said. FY 2019-20’s rate of $0.48822. During the Sept. 14 meeting, Information from the city states the bond issuances should be paid out in roughly 12 years.

SOURCE: CITY OF NEW BRAUNFELS COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

CityCouncil votes toopenareaparking lots to moreoutdoor diningoptionsamidpandemic

NEWBRAUNFELS A tempo- rary economic initiative ocials hope will boost revenue for New Braunfels business owners received approval from City Council during a Sept. 14 meeting. At a Sept. 10 special meeting, New Braunfels ocials heard a presentation geared toward expanding opportunities for out- door dining within the city during a workshop led by Planning and Development Services Director Christopher Looney. Small-business owners, espe- cially restaurant owners, have had to adapt to survive with changes that will likely last beyond the pandemic, Looney said. The city has already been on the forefront of relaxed regulations that include rules surrounding to-go orders, among others, he said. Council’s unanimous approval HOW ITWILLWORK? The city’s temporary

Sept. 14 eectively allows for the temporary reduction of the min- imum number of parking spaces required and allows restaurants to use those spaces for dining areas. Looney said that could help bring in more revenue for those busi- ness owners. Tables in parking lots will still be required to be 6 feet apart and not block trac ow, Looney said. “Businesses are shifting their models to survive the pandemic, and the city of New Braunfels is doing its best to assist,” Looney said, adding that since current state restrictions greatly reduce the number of diners allowed in restaurants, this should help bring more patrons at any given time. Members of City Council will receive an update on how the temporary ordinance is working for businesses in October.

The city may issue temporary permits allowing restaurants to use up to 40% of their on-site parking for outdoor dining as well as for associated food trucks, trailers or mobile kitchens. Relaxation of minimum parking requirements will serve to expand customer service and dining areas. Standard health and food safety permit requirements and building and re codes are still in place.

allowance for restaurants and other eateries to have expanded outdoor dining relaxes some rules but leaves in place others:

SOURCE: CITY OF NEW BRAUNFELS COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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GUIDE

Candidates and information for November elections

COMPILED BY LAUREN CANTERBERRY & BRIAN RASH

VOTER GUIDE 2020

DATES TOKNOW OCT. 13 First day of early voting OCT. 23 Last day to apply for ballot by mail*

OCT. 30 Last day of early voting NOV. 3 Election Day *DATE RECEIVED, NOT POSTMARKED

For more election information, visit communityimpact.com/vote .

SAMPLE BALLOT

*Incumbent

D Democrat

G Green

I Independent

L Libertarian

R Republican

Supreme Court, chief justice R Nathan Hecht* D Amy Clark Meachum L Mark Ash Supreme Court, Place 6 R Jane Bland* D Kathy Cheng Supreme Court, Place 7 R Je Boyd* D Staci Williams L William Bryan Strange III Supreme Court, Place 8 R Brett Busby* D Gisela D. Triana L Tom Oxford Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 3 R Bert Richardson* D Elizabeth Davis Frizell

Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 4 R Kevin Patrick Yeary* D Tina Clinton Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 9 R David Newell* D Brandon Birmingham LOCAL U.S. House District 15 D Vincente Gonzales Jr.* R Monica De La Cruz Hernandez L Ross Lynn Leone U.S. House District 21 R Chip Roy* D Wendy Davis

U.S. House District 35 D Lloyd Doggett* R Jenny Garcia Sharon L Mark Loewe I Jason Mata Sr. Texas House District 44 D Robert Bohmfalk R John Kuempel* L Julian Mardock Texas House District 73 D Stephanie Phillips R Kyle Biedermann* State Board of Education District 5 D Rebecca Bell-Metereau R Lani Popp L Stephanie Berlin

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COMAL COUNTY Commissioner, Precinct 1 R Donna Eccleston* D Lindsay Poisel L Ivan Foster Commissioner, Precinct 3

President R Donald J. Trump* D Joseph R. Biden L Jo Jorgensen G Howie Hawkins STATEWIDE U.S. Senate R John Cornyn* D Mary “MJ” Hegar L Kerry Douglas McKennon G David B. Collins Texas Railroad Commission

D Collette Nies R Kevin Webb*

NEW BRAUNFELS ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES Single Member District 2 Michael Calta Nancy York Single Member District 4 Matthew Sargent John E. Tucker

R James “Jim” Wright D Chrysta Castañeda L Matt Sterett G Katija “Kat” Gruene

G Thomas Wakely L Arthur DiBianca

VOTER TURNOUT Comal County

SOURCES: COMAL COUNTY, GUADALUPE COUNTYCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Guadalupe County 2012 presidential election

Turnout

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2012 presidential election

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78,543

49,249

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2014 gubernatorial election

2014 gubernatorial election 34,711 2016 presidential election

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2016 presidential election

61,960

92,403

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93,543

2018 gubernatorial election

2018 gubernatorial election

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2020 primary election

2020 primary election

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