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County Lines Aren’t Changing

By Blane Conklin | October 14, 2021

Maybe you’ve noticed, Williamson County is changing. It’s growing quickly and becoming more diverse. Our county was the 4th fastest growing county in the nation from 2010-20, at 44% growth.  Change can be hard. Earlier this week, I learned that I’ll be losing my State Representative. Politicians in far flung corners of Texas who feared Rep.…

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No matter who you are

By Blane Conklin | September 3, 2021

No matter where you live or work in Williamson County, or whether you’re just passing through: You deserve a smart, robust, and transparent county government that works for you.

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Let’s Talk About Taxes – Part 2

By Blane Conklin | August 31, 2021

(Read Part 1 Here) (See the end of this post for an update added on 9/12/21.) For the third year in a row since he was elected as Williamson County Judge, Bill Gravell has broken his campaign promise to “slash” your taxes. It was a foolish promise. The budget and tax rate are decided on…

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Let’s Talk About Taxes

By Blane Conklin | July 15, 2021

I think it was Benjamin Franklin who first said that nothing is certain, “except death and taxes.” Nobody likes to pay taxes, but civic-minded people know they are necessary. In Texas, we have a system where the burden for paying taxes falls largely on property owners, especially homeowners. If you own a home in Williamson…

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What a Night!

By Blane Conklin | June 8, 2021

The clouds parted and a soft breeze blew. Eric Hanke and Paul Morris lit up San Gabriel Park in Georgetown with beautiful music. We hugged friends we’d not seen in over a year, and met new ones. At least 75 folks came out and had a great time in fellowship and conversation about restoring integrity to…

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Let’s Meet Up! (New Date)

By Blane Conklin | May 14, 2021

POSTPONED: Our event scheduled for May 22nd has been postponed 2 weeks to June 5th, and moved to a different pavilion, due to concerns with the weather and the size of the venue. Please see the new details highlighted below. We are expecting a good crowd and want to make it as comfortable for everyone…

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What is a Texas County Judge?

By Blane Conklin | May 6, 2021

The County Judge is the top executive of the county government, akin to the mayor of a city. The County Judge presides over and is a voting member of the Commissioners Court (like a city council), which adopts an annual budget, sets the county tax rate, and oversees the general operations of the county. I…

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A Timeline of Bill Gravell’s failed COVID-19 management

By Blane Conklin | May 5, 2021

Morning of March 14, 2020: BG signed a local disaster declaration, which stated that large gatherings posed a risk for spreading COVID-19.  Evening of March 14, 2020: BG appeared at a local megachurch and urged people to gather there, essentially saying that church gatherings were safer than other gatherings. He had the video broadcast all…

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- Endorsements for Blane -

James Talarico
Texas State
Representative
District 52

Terry Cook
Williamson County
Commissioner
Precinct 1

Hilda Montgomery
Round Rock
City Council
Place 6

Heather Jefts
Cedar Park
City Council
Place 6

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MJ Hegar
2020 Texas
Democratic Nominee
for US Senate

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Esme Mattke Longoria
Leander
City Council
Place 2

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Jim Penniman-Morin
Cedar Park
City Council
Place 1

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Mitchell Drummond
Taylor
City Council
District 2

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