Former tax-assessor-collector Sherman Krause will be the next Comal County Judge, after defeating newspaper publisher Douglas Kirk and local attorney Glen Peterson in Tuesday’s Republican Primary election.
Krause won just over 59 percent of the vote.
“I want to thank Comal County voters for showing their support,” said Krause. “This has been a great experience, and I look forward to representing them as county judge.”
Krause previously served as the county’s tax-assessor collector for eight years before stepping down in 2008.
By winning 59 percent, Krause avoided a runoff election, with 22 percent of voters casting ballots for Kirk, and the remaining 18 percent choosing Peterson.
Krause earned a total of 8,186 votes on Tuesday to beat the 3,111 cast for Kirk and 2,550 who voted for Peterson.
Kirk, who owns Morton Falls Publishing, joined the race on the last day of filing and ended up earning enough votes to finish second behind Krause.
“I’m not surprised at all,” said Kirk, who ran on a platform of low taxes and small government. “We’ve known for a long time that the voters in Comal County want higher taxes and bigger government, and they proved it today.”
Peterson won notoriety in late 2008, after spearheading a successful petition drive to force a county bond election over the controversial proposed downtown county justice center.
Despite campaigning heavily, he received the least amount of votes in Tuesday’s election.
He refused to comment on the outcome.
With no Democrats or independents running in the general election, Krause will be unopposed in November and will succeed current County Judge Danny Scheel.