COUNTY JUDGE

John Brieden

• Seeking third term as Washington County judge.

• Since taking office, Brieden has completed the Commissioners’ Court Advance Curriculum sponsored and taught by The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin; The Texas Association of Counties; the V.G Young Institute of County Government, Texas A&M University and the County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas, receiving the designation of Certified County Commissioners’ Court Member.

Served two terms as a commissioner on the Texas Veterans Commission, including more than two years as chair; a director of the Brazos River Authority, and board member of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.

Local civic involvement includes Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Blue Blazers, American Cancer Society, Brenham Noon Lions, Brenham Elks Lodge 979, United Way and the Washington-on-the-Brazos Association.

• Said he has worked to update county technology so that all software is connected, saving employee time and saving taxpayer dollars and worked to help repair relations with the city of Brenham.

• “Serving the people of Washington County has been an honor and it’s a job I take seriously,” said Brieden. “My goal as a servant leader has always been to be a steady voice who is always listening and watching over every single taxpayer dollar. Our county has faced some tough challenges in the seven years since I took office and I intend to keep to working on solutions for our future challenges in the next four years.”

John

Durrenberger

Durrenberger retired from his 30-year role with Mike Hopkins Distributing Co. where he recently served as vice president and general sales manager, managing a multi-million dollar sales operation and a team of employees.

• Durrenberger graduated from Giddings High School in 1964, where he was voted by his team mates as captain of the football, basketball and baseball teams.

He attended Blinn College and eventually purchased Pearl Beer Distribution Co. of Giddings in 1971, creating and developing Centex Distributing Company in 1974.

Durrenberger then he co-founded Brazos Beverages of Bryan in 1975 and eventually joined Mike Hopkins Distributing until his retirement.

• He served on the First National Bank of Giddings board of directors, president of the Giddings Chamber of Commerce and co-founded the Lee County Youth Baseball Association, serving as its president for five years.

He was a 15-year member of the Giddings Volunteer Fire Department, a member of the Rodeo Houston Metro Go Texan Hospitality Committee, Giddings and Bluebonnet Hills Lions Club member and served as president of the Chappell Hill Historical Society for three years,

• Durrenberger was awarded the “Community Builder Award” by Hubert Chappell Hill Masonic Lodge 67 in 2013, was the Chappell Hill Chamber of Commerce’s “Man of the Year” award in 2014 and has been recognized by Firemen Training School Instructors for his support of volunteer fire departments at the county, district and state level.

“Our county will face inevitable growth and new challenges in the future, and this is why I offer my proven leadership and business skills to work for the betterment of all. Washington County employees are dedicated individuals and I applaud each department’s commitment to our residents.”

COUNTY COURT

AT LAW JUDGE

Eric Berg

• Served as assistant county attorney and first district attorney prior to being appointed interim court at law judge by the Washington County Commissioners Court and then being elected to the position in 2016.

• Endorsed by almost 40 local attorneys.

• “The courtroom is a place where people bring their disputes to be resolved. The nature of the position and the issues put before the court dictate that neither judge nor jury can please everyone. As judge, I strive to apply the law fairly, consistently and sensibly while treating all parties with dignity and respect.

“Our goal is to give everyone their day in court, and that it be a fair opportunity to be heard. “I have found the position to be very challenging and extremely rewarding. I work hard to apply my education, my experience and common sense to the issues presented to the court.”

Robbie Gail

Charette

• More than 16 years of experience dealing with family, juvenile, CPS, APS, guardianship and probate cases.

• Board-certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She is also a Texas Certified Public Accountant.

“The days of our families waiting for months behind criminal defendants will be over if you choose me as your judge. My restructuring plan for the County Court at Law will put the protection of children and families first, while also protecting hard-earned taxpayer dollars from waste and inefficiency.

“Do your research or ask someone who’s had to deal with it,” said Charette. “I am confident that if you do, you’ll agree that the children, families and taxpayers need a judge who’s in their corner.”

COUNTY COMMISSIONER

PRECINCT TWO

Candice Bullock

• Project manager for Hi-Line Industries, managing millions of dollars in projects.

• Received a bachelor of science degree with a minor in business from Texas State University, then worked in Austin for two years before moving back to Washington County in 2007.

• Graduate of Brenham High School in 1999, where she was a multi-sport athlete and three-year captain of the Cubette soccer team. Earned college scholarship to Baylor University.

Bullock, who is the former Candice Kocian, moved from the Cypress-Fairbanks area to rural Washington County in 1994 with her family shortly after her father moved his Houston-based manufacturing business, PI Components Corp., to Brenham.

• Bullock said her primary focus “will be working diligently to achieve an equitable balance for Washington County while navigating the many challenges associated with the inevitable growth of our community. Fostering the rural values and quality of life that is so highly treasured locally will be a steadfast priority.”

“I firmly believe that my education, career experiences and level of responsibilities have prepared me to bring a visionary yet conservative outlook, translatable knowledge and fresh energy to the commissioner position.”

Luther Hueske

• Incumbent commissioner in Precinct Two.

• As a commissioner, Hueske serves on the Washington County Healthy Living Association board of directors Senior Activities Center and has headed up the “Hog Out” program from the Texas Department of Agriculture locally since 2013. Also serves on the Washington County Fairgrounds Management Board, the budget committee at Washington County Appraisal District, on the board of Brenham Heritage Museum, the Main Street Economic Restructuring Committee and the Mill Creek Watershed Partnership.

Served on the Brenham Economic Development Foundation (EDF) board for 10 years and was chairman of its board for four.

Prior to becoming commissioner, owned a machining and welding business for almost 25 years before selling it in 2004.

Hueske said he has seen many changes, but more are certain to come. He said that his experience as a commissioner for the last seven years will be a great asset for the growth that is coming to the county in the years ahead.

“It is vital that we look ahead, recognizing growth is imminent and it is important to have experience on the commissioners’ court to work for the people, not only in Precinct Two, but all of the county,” Hueske said.

“We have a very dedicated group of people that work for our county, including elected officials, department heads and their staffs, that roll up their sleeves and tackle difficult issues each and every day. On commissioners court, we may argue and not always agree in the beginning, but we work out differences and come together for what is best for all the citizens we serve.”

Ira Newsome

Unopposed in the Democratic primary.

• After a professional baseball career, went to work for Exxon Corp. in its pipeline operations. He worked for 37 years in various management capacities in the Exxon pipeline division and retired in 2011.

• President of the Chappell Hill community water system and is an active member of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, where he is a deacon and vice president of the church board of directors.

PRECINCT FOUR

CONSTABLE

H.C. “Buddy”

Riddle

• Investigator with the Austin County Sheriff’s Office. Has been in law enforcement since 1978, when he became a Houston police officer, serving that agency for more than 20 years.

• Has served on numerous federal task forces with multiple agencies including Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Customs Service.

• Has received numerous awards, including three supervisor commendations, a chief of police commendation, one chief of police unit commendation, seven mayor’s commendation, two FBI director commendations and the second highest award given by the Houston Police Department, the Meritorious Service Award, for rescuing a fallen officer in a gun battle.

“Your vote for me is a vote for a combat tested leader with real combat experience.”

Greg Rolling

• Currently serving as city of Burton police chief. Has served in that position since 2005. Has been a canine officer for more than 10 years and has assisted local, state and federal agencies with criminal investigations.

• Began his public service in 2003 as a full-time firefighter and in 2004 a Texas police officer.

• Said he is “a true full-time public servant with an incredible work ethic” and that he feels he can offer more to the citizens of Precinct Four.

“I look forward to expanding my role in the public safety sector and assisting the citizens on a broader basis if elected constable.”

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