The Jeffersonian: Politicks, Sports, and Culture

Monday, September 12, 2005

Chisme

Or 'gossip' for all you non-spanish speakers/readers. Word on the street has it that City Councilman Chip Haass will be looking to challenge County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson in this March's primary. That'll be interesting to watch.

Adkisson has deep ties to the southern portion of the precinct- where the bulk of the Democratic primary votes come from- while Haass' council district resides in the northern portion of the county. I've been trying to look for a map of the county commissioner precincts to try and figure out just how much of Haass' district is in Pct. 4. Haven't been able to find one yet. Anyone know of anywhere to look?

Cty. Commission Pct. 4 is the least Democratic of the three Dem seats on Commissioner's Court- Adkisson won the seat in '98, 52-48- and the right Republican does have a chance to steal this seat. So it'll be interesting to see how this plays into the primary electoral calculus. Adkisson has been in this seat for seven years now though, and Haass was able to get himself elected to a city council district that almost mirrors Joe Straus' House District, so at this point and time I wouldn't forsee either of them having a problem reaching across party lines.

One final note, Adkisson has used local political consultant JoAnn Ramon to run his campaigns in the past. Ramon, however, has already signed up on a number of judgeship races. It'll be interesting to see if he sticks with Ramon, who historically has a stellar record on South East SA campaigns, or use someone who can pay full attention to his campaign.

Update, 11:30 pm: Here's the County Commissioner Precinct Map and here's the City Council District Map (warning, both PDF). As you can see, Haass' district makes up a small sliver of the the northern portion of the commissioner precinct.