Meet Blane Conklin: A Government Outsider
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- Past Republican, Current Democrat -
I was born in rural South Dakota, and grew up in small towns across the Dakotas.
My dad is a minister, my mom a saint, and together they raised me and my four younger brothers to be humble, compassionate, curious, and hard-working.
I was a Republican until 2005 when hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. The lack of response, compassion, and basic human empathy shown by the administration was the turning point for me. It was not something I did lightly, but I made a personal decision to align with the party I felt reflected the values I believe in: Being a good neighbor, doing to others what you would have them do to you, and being a Good Samaritan.
My wife Wendy and I have been married for 28 years, the last 18 of which have been here in Williamson County. We have two adult daughters who went from Kindergarten through graduation in Round Rock public schools. Wendy is an entrepreneur and small business owner.
I earned a PhD from the University of Chicago. I am a Senior Business Analyst at the University of Texas System. I have worked at UT since 2005 at the intersection of healthcare, higher education, and technology. Our office coordinates the insurance and benefits for a quarter of a million lives all across Texas--UT employees, retirees, and their families.
I like watching sports, and regularly play basketball and tennis. I enjoy riding my motorcycle, in fact I’ve ridden through all 254 Texas counties. I have been active in our community in a number of diverse roles. I am proud to have led the effort to recognize the Tonkawa tribe as a Round Rock Local Legend.
I'm not a professional politician. I'm just a neighbor who believes we deserve a county government we can be proud of, one that is robust, smart, and transparent. And I'm asking you to entrust me with the duty, the responsibility, and the privilege to serve you in this office.
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