In a relatively conservative area like Williamson County, sometimes potential candidates feel that they can only win if they run on the Republican ticket. However, filing as a Republican is not the same thing as actually embracing a conservative philosophy. Therefore when we are evaluating our GOP Primary candidates, it is important to look beyond the standard campaign lingo. Unfortunately, among the declared candidates for the Williamson County GOP Primary, there are a few problems.
For the contest to replace retiring County Treasurer Vivian Wood, there are
two candidates: Michell
Cantwell of Leander and Jerri Jones of Georgetown. Cantwell has served on the Leander
City Council since 2003, and has been an active member of several local
Republican and Conservative Groups. There is little question of her commitment
to conservative principles.
Jerri Jones is retired from the Marine Corps (Lt. Col.) and lives in
Georgetown. Although a member of the Georgetown Area Republican Women, Jones
has been less than committed to her fellow Republicans. In the 2012 election
cycle, Jones seemed a little bitter about the Primary results and publicly
supported Democrat Ken Crain for District Attorney, and, according to campaign finance reports even made a $100 donation to
While voter participation in general elections runs at about 60%, less than
30% vote in Primary elections, and many local elections see less than 10%
turnout. The percentage of those who actually make a campaign contribution is
probably less than 1%. This is a passionate supporter indeed.
Now there have been times that I have been disappointed in the results of a
Primary race, and I have quietly refused to vote for a particularly nasty
Republican. However, I cannot imagine publicly and financially
supporting any Democrat candidate, unless he/she were pro-life, pro-family,
pro-Second Amendment, and fiscally conservative, which means, basically,
That Jerri Jones would go so far as to support a Democrat in this way is very
troubling. I’m sure she is a lovely person, but the political implications are
too much. Jones actively worked to elect a Democrat to a powerful
county-wide office. Either she believed in Ken Crain’s liberal
Democrat message or she was feeling very spiteful and vindictive over the
results of the primary. Either way, it doesn’t bode well for her prospects as a
Republican leader in Williamson County.