Williamson County judges race pits Bill Gravell against Blane Conklin

The Williamson County Courthouse in Georgetown where the county judge meets with the commissioners once a week.

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell is seeking his second term as a Republican against Democratic challenger Blane Conklin. Gravell won his first term in 2018 after beating Conklin and another opponent as an independent.

The 58-year-old county judge previously served a term as a Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3 and also spent 22 years as a youth pastor. He won a Republican primary in March against Ryan Gallagher by 5,976 votes. In 2018, Gravell beat Conklin, as a Democrat, by 12,838 votes, and Bill Kelberlau, as an independent, by 96,132 votes.

Gravell holds a bachelor’s degree in theology from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

Conklin, 51, is a senior business analyst at the University of Texas. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Bible, Theology, and Church History from Central Bible College of Missouri and a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary of Missouri. He also holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Semitics from the Department of Near Eastern Languages ​​and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. He faced no opposition in the March primary.

Early voting begins October 24 and ends November 4.

County Judge Bill Gravell, a Republican, is seeking his second term against Democrat Blane Conklin.
Blane Conklin is running for the second time as a Democrat for Williamson County Judge.

Both candidates answered a series of questions about their campaigns.

Q. What are you hearing from voters about the most important issues facing the county?

Conklin: By far, the biggest problem mentioned by voters is our rapid growth and development. While our current county leadership has been focused on inviting and encouraging this development, the question that needs to be addressed is whether we are ready for it. The main tasks of the county government are to provide public safety services and infrastructure. Our public safety has been underfunded. Two of the pressing infrastructure needs that have been overlooked by the county are broadband and water.

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