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A Place at the Table: On Samsung in Taylor

By Blane Conklin | November 30, 2021

Big news broke last week when Samsung announced it would invest $17 billion in an advanced semiconductor plant in Taylor, Texas. Attitudes about this news span the spectrum. There are many who lament the loss of prime agricultural land and the creeping urbanization of Williamson County. Others see this as the dawn of a new…

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I still believe

By Blane Conklin | November 13, 2021

Today, I filed for a place on the ballot to be the next Williamson County Judge. Four years ago, I ran for this same office. It was my first time to run for any office. I did it for one simple reason: I looked around and saw the deep divisions laid bare in our nation…

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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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- 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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