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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

And Then There Were Four

Out of sixty applicants for the open Elections Administrator postion, Bexar County has whittled it down to four:

Four candidates emerged from a field of 60 to vie for the often-lightning-rod position of Bexar County elections administrator, with three elections commissioners suggesting candidates in addition to interim administrator Jacque Callanen.

Callanen has worked in the elections office for almost 10 years and had been an elections judge for a decade before that. She filled the position Aug. 11 when Cliff Borofsky left for the same title in Williamson County, north of Austin.

Bexar County Democratic Party Chairman Rudy Casias put Robert Mendoza's name into the hat. Mendoza was elections administrator in Cameron County until 2002, when he became executive director of the Denver Elections Commission. He works as a consultant.

County Judge Nelson Wolff proposed interviewing Steve Raborn, elections administrator for Fort Bend County, southwest of Houston.

County Clerk Gerry Rickhoff suggested Julie Pearson, who interviewed for the position in 2001, when Borofsky won the post. Pearson is county auditor with election duties in Pennington County, S.D.

It'd be interesting to see what their views are on using electronic voting machines and the possibility of adding a paper trail to them. Any readers out there know anything about any of these four candidates?