One winning candidate, surrounded by his family, felt on top of the world at the Hays County Republicans’ primary watch party at Hays City Store tonight.
Incumbent Will Conley enjoyed a wide margin of 82 percent to secure his place as County Commissioner, Precinct 3 against his opponent Rob Roarke, who received about 18 percent.
Large Hays County voter turnout made for a late night. Conley’s wife and three children didn’t stick around until 10:34 p.m., when the final precinct was reported, but were there to support him until bedtime.
Conley also received about 82 percent of early and absentee votes, the results of which were posted just after polls closed at 7 p.m.
“If these numbers maintain themselves, it will be an honor to represent this community,” Conley said of the results at the time.
Jude Prather, San Marcos City Council Place 2, said he expected Conley to win, but not by the margins that he did.
“It’s a huge deal,” Prather said. “This is incredible.”
Prather said the way Conley was able to help the community after the Memorial Day floods played a large role in the turnout.
“Will is the real deal,” Prather said. “He’s the best political leader we have. He’s respected throughout the (IH-35) corridor.”
Conley said the flood relief was a community effort, and that he will continue the work he began. He is a shoe-in if no other candidates enter the race by November.
“First and foremost, our focus, especially for Precinct 3, is on flood recovery,” Conley said. “We are just entering into the long-term recovery phase. It will be on the forefront on our minds for the next couple of years.”
Upon winning, Conley said he felt humbled to be able to serve the citizens of Hays County.
“I can’t wait to take down all those ugly election signs in the morning and get back to work tomorrow,” he said.