SPECIAL ELECTION WILL COST WASHINGTON COUNTY

  

The special May 5th election to fill the unexpired term of District 13 State Representative Leighton Schubert could end up costing Washington County a lot of money.  Schubert resigned in February to take a position with Blinn College.  County Clerk Beth Rothermel said that if the county commissioners approve reducing the number of polling locations to four, the election would end up costing between 6 and 7 thousand dollars.  There will be three candidates on the ballot, Republicans Ben Leman, Jill Wolfskill, and Democrat Cecil Ray Webster Sr.  If no one receives over 50 percent of the vote, a runoff election would be needed, doubling the cost of the election.  County Judge John Brieden said that this was just another example of an unfunded mandate by the state.  He pointed out that this is a state election, but the cost of it is paid totally by the counties involved.  District 13 comprises 7 counties, and each will have to pay for their own election.  The winner of the special election will serve only until December 31st of this year.

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