We proudly release our 2016 endorsement of Rep. John Cyrier in the House District 17 (Bastrop, Caldwell,Gonzales, Karnes and Lee counties). Early voting starts on February 16, election day is Tuesday, March 1st. This race will be decided on primary day, March 1st, as there are no other candidates on the general election ballot in November and there are no Democrats running in the primary in this race either.
View these questionnaires of both John Cyrier and Brent Golemon.
Got any doubts about who has helped Bastrop and Lee counties on the water front? Check out this resolution from the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District thanking Rep. Cyrier his leadership!
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We did this for YOU, so read them and make up your own mind! You can also post comments or questions at the bottom of the page or call us at 512-535-0989.
Click here to watch this 17-minute video about the risks of groundwater depletion due to the many marketers and San Antonio’s bid for water underlying Lee, Bastrop, Milam and Burleson counties.
A little recent history in HD 17:
Our director, Linda Curtis, ran as an independent in the first round of the special election in 2014 for House District 17. Then incumbent, Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt (R-Lexington), not 17 days after reelection, quit on HD 17 voters for a job as legal counsel at the Department of Agriculture under the newly elected Sid Miller. Then Governor Rick Perry called a special election in mid-November — a “jungle primary” — anyone, regardless of party affiliation could jump into the same race. Early voting would be held between Christmas and New Years.
We had a long standing dispute with Rep. Kleinschmidt about his ability to objectively represent landowners who choose not to sell their water as he had, eventually owned by Forestar Real Estate Group. You see, landowners who choose not to sell are inadequately protected from being drained by their neighbors.
Curtis, with little money and no party affiliation, beat the two Democrats and forced the two Republicans (Golemon and Cyrier), into a heated runoff held in February 2015. Curtis’ run forced the issue of protection of Lee and Bastrop counties’ most precious resource — groundwater, under siege by water marketers — fully into the HD 17 runoff. Our choice then was to support Brent Golemon. (As you might remember, there was also a dispute about how Bastrop County’s polls were consolidated. We believe Judge Pape and the Bastrop Elections folks have corrected these problems.)
Cyrier won by a narrow 2% in the February 2015 runoff and immediately went into the 2015 legislative session that had already started in January.
Since then, we have worked closely with John Cyrier and gotten to know him. We don’t agree on all things, but we do know that he is hard-working and a straight shooter. He has been willing to serve as a skillful mediator in the disputes over groundwater with private developers and our groundwater conservation district (the Lost Pines GCD for Lee and Bastrop counties).
From day one, Cyrier has worked hard to pass an important statewide piece of legislation, HB 3163, to protect local control of groundwater by stopping marketers from pressuring GCD board members with individual suits against them for simply performing their duties. That bill was requested by Michele Gangnes of the League of Independent Voters. Bastrop and Lee countians know how long and hard Michele has worked to protect our water and land resources.
We’re going to need to do more than this in the next session, and the odds are definitely against us.
We believe John deserves a full term and we believe he is up to the challenges, which are formidable. As someone with ties to the powerful Speaker of the House and who works with developers in central Texas — and because of who he has proven to be — we believe he IS the right person for the job.
Like the postcard says (paid for by Cyrier to help us reach out to you, by the way), we will “ride Cyrier and he won’t buck us off.” That’s our plan and it’s a great test of we, the people — especially the independent voters and the growing independence of House District 17.
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