Bailey edged incumbent Jim Kreneck, who had held the position since 2000, by nine votes in the July 31 Republican runoff election for county commissioner in Precinct 3.
“I want to ease into it in January and continue things that are already in progress,” said Bailey, who received 208 votes (51 percent) compared to Kreneck’s 199. “I really want to work on getting the airpark resolved and see that the county gets its money, work on the roads and continue economic development in the county.”
Bailey will not be opposed by a Democratic Party opponent in November.
The race between Bailey and Kreneck heated up in mid-July when Bailey claimed Kreneck altered timecards of county employees. Goliad County Judge David Bowman ordered an investigation of the allegations. Bowman said no wrongdoing was found and ended the investigation on July 20.
“Mr. Kreneck ran a good race,” said Bailey, who obtained county records of the alleged timecard alterations. “I just felt like a lot of folks were ready for a change. Twelve years is a long time and they felt there was someone out there with newer and better ideas.”
Bailey said one of the biggest challenges he anticipates will be keeping county taxes from increasing.
“That will be a big issue,” Bailey said. “Everybody is stressed right now. I want to hold taxes down as much as possible. There are a lot of elderly out there living on fixed incomes and increased taxes.
“You can’t make everybody happy all the time. It’s not a perfect world. There are some things we’ll have to do without until better times.”
Bailey said he wants to maintain open communication with Precinct 3 residents.
“I want people to call me,” Bailey said. “I want them to let me know their concerns. I want to do the job they elected me to do.”
A total of 600 ballots were cast in the primary elections in Goliad County. That’s 11.1 percent of the 5,406 registered voters in the county.
In the Republican primary runoff for U.S. Senate, Ted Cruz received 388 votes in Goliad County compared to David Dewhurst’s 364. Cruz went on to win the nomination.
Jessica Puente Bradshaw outdrew Adela Garza 532-175 in Goliad County for the District 34 U.S. Representative post. Puente Bradshaw won the race with 55.3 percent of the vote in the district.
In the Republican runoffs for Railroad Commissioner, Christi Craddick narrowly beat Warren Chisum 331-328 in Goliad County and won the overall election with 59 percent of the vote. Barry Smitherman defeated Greg Parker 348-290 in Goliad County and captured the nomination with 62 percent of the vote.
John Devine outdrew David Medina 421-210 in Goliad County for the Republican Place 4 Supreme Court Justice nomination and won statewide with 53 percent of the vote.
In statewide Democratic Party runoffs, Paul Sadler edged Grady Yarbrough 44-43 in Goliad County for U.S. Senate and also won statewide. Denise Saenz Blanchard outdrew Filemon Vela 50-45 for District 34 U.S. Representative in Goliad County, but Vela won the overall election with 67 percent of the vote.
Ruben Cortez defeated Celeste Zapeda Sanchez 53-38 for District 2 State Board of Education.