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Lineup set for HD44 special election

Here are your candidates for the special election to replace the late Rep. Edmund Kuempel of Seguin.

Tony Gergely, a Seguin business owner, is the Libertarian in the race.

The Democrats are Daniel Rodriguez Andrade of Seguin, who lists his occupation as “real estate/business owner,” and Cheryl Dees Patterson, a Seguin realtor.

The Republican list consists of Ron Avery, a Seguin architect; Chris Burchell, who’s in law enforcement in Adkins; Jim Fish, a small business owner from Cibolo; Gary Inmon, an attorney and school board member in Schertz (and the incoming president of the Texas Association of School Boards); John Kuempel, a Seguin salesman who’s running for the seat left open by his father’s death; Myrna McLeroy of Gonzales, who’s in petroleum land services; and Robin Walker, a self-employed business manager from Seguin who challenged the late representative in the March primary, gathering just 25.4 percent of the vote.

I can picture scenarios in which a Democrat makes it to the runoff, given the sheer size of this field, but not one in which he or she wins it. Without knowing anything else about the people listed above, the ones who strike me as having the best shot are Inmon, Walker, and the younger Kuempel. If you know more about this, please comment.

UPDATE: BOR tells us more about one of the Democratic candidates for this seat.

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  1. Brad M. says:

    Kuempel II wins. Thick headed voters see a similar name and vote for it.

  2. JC Dufresne says:

    You missed the Dem who filed first, that would be Cheryl Patterson from Seguin. Patterson has a Masters of Educational Administration from Texas A&M, a Masters of Legal Studies from Southwest Texas State University, and a Bachelors of History from Southwest Texas State University. She is a former teacher and principal and how is a real estate agent for Coldwell Banker as well as a member of the Navarro ISD Board of Trustees. Mrs. Patterson has won the support of both Democratic clubs in Guadalupe County and all the precinct chairs she has met, meaning most of them. Cheryl’s views on education and civil rights are progressive and we look forward to her success in the election.

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