Meet & Greet for State Rep. & Travis County Candidates

Wow! The WBNA Candidate Forum for State House District 50 and County Judge has now grown to include County Commissioner Pct. 2 and Travis County Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 candidates as per their request to come out and meet with the residents of Wells Branch. This enthusiasm has caused us to revise our original plan of candidate forum first, followed by meet & greet. We will now allow each of the candidates five minutes to tell us a little about themselves and why they deserve our vote, followed by refreshments and one-on-one time with each of the candidates.

There are two main reasons you should attend this meeting:

  • You don’t get the opportunity very often to visit individually with this many candidates/elected officials. These folks are here asking what you want/need/expect from them. Local elections can have a much greater impact on our daily lives than state or national elections.
  • It looks good for Wells Branch. Period. If we have a full house, it shows that we care, are informed and involved in our community, and we vote. The hidden message here is that because of all this, we will hold our elected officials accountable. Translation: They’ll answer the phone when we call.

Below is a list of the candidates (and their websites) attending this Thursday’s Meet & Greet at 7pm at the WB Community Library, 15001 Wells Port. We hope you’ll make every effort to attend. Info on the other two forums (which will be actual forums) will follow. We thought it best to send out information separately. Please contact me directly if you have any questions about this Thursday. I can be reached via email or by phone at (512) 656-0654

State Representative District 50

Celia Israel (D) - confirmed
Mike Vandewalle (R)confirmed
David Dreesen (L)

Travis County Judge

• Sarah Eckhardt (D)confirmed
• Mike McNamara (R)confirmed
• Richard Perkins (L) - confirmed

Travis County Commissioner, Pct. 2

• Brigid Shea (D)confirmed
• Raymond Frank (R)
• Steve Haskett (L)

Travis County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2

• Randall Slagle (D)confirmed
• Glenn Bass (R)confirmed
• Daniel Ruble (L)

Candidate Forums

voteThe WBNA will be hosting Candidate Forums and/or Meet & Greets for the following races.  Please join us in learning what each of these candidates has to offer our community.  The MUD and RRISD forums will feature an introduction by each candidate, formal questions submitted by residents, and closing statements.  As our initial ‘forum’ has grown to include the Pct. 2 JP race as well, we will be limiting the candidates to an introduction and then break to enjoy light snacks and a meet & greet afterwards where you’ll have the opportunity to visit with each of the candidates one-on-one.  Please submit questions to*

State Rep. Dist. 50
Travis County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2                                                                                             Travis County Judge
Thursday, October 16, 7pm
WB Community Library, 15001 Wells Port

Wells Branch MUD Board Candidate Forum
Sunday, October 19, 4pm
WB Rec. Center, 3000 Shoreline Drive
Daniel Barnekow, Moderator                                                                                                                                         *Deadline to submit questions: 7pm, Saturday, October 18

RRISD Trustee Candidate Forum
Tuesday, October 21, 7pm
WB Community Library, 15001 Wells Port
Michele Samuelson, Moderator                                                                                                                           *Deadline to submit questions: 7pm, Monday, October 20

Please take a moment to visit each of the pages under and including the ‘Elections’ tab.

National Night Out

Free Food • Great Company • Door Prizes!NNO 2014 Logo

Join your Wells Branch neighbors for our night out against crime, Tuesday, October 7, from 6-9pm at the gazebo at Katherine Fleischer Park. The WBNA will be serving up FREE hotdogs, sausage wraps, sodas, chips and door prizes. For dessert we have Culver’s Restaurant & the Friends of the Library serving delicious frozen custard (while supplies last).

We’ll have distinguished guests on hand from the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, ESD No. Fire Dept., Precinct 2 Constable’s Office and our House Dist. 50 Representative, Celia Israel to mention a few. Both children and adults will have the opportunity to visit with first responders, receive information on Neighborhood Watch and other programs available to residents, and tour the fire safety house and fire truck that ESD No.2 will have on hand. As a special treat this year, we’ll have the Pflugerville Firefighters on site teaching ‘Take 10 for Life!’ Take just 10 minutes to learn ways to prevent and prepare for emergencies.

Come find out what’s going on in our community and visit with local law enforcement officers and politicians about what you can do to help reduce the opportunities for crimes to occur in our neighborhood.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts, and to strengthen neighborhood spirit and law enforcement-community partnership. Help send the message to criminals that Wells Branch is organized and fighting back.

Take a stand against crime. Turn on your porch light and come join your friends and neighbors at the park for food and fellowship. If you have a Neighborhood Watch group on your block (or even if you don’t) we’d like to encourage you to come eat dinner with us, listen to the speakers, and then return home to your street and gather with your neighbors over dessert to discuss how you can make your homes and our community safer.

We hope to see you there!

Young Firefighters listen as Asst. Chief Tommy Crane addresses the crowd.
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Vote - Be Counted ColorElection Day is November 4Early voting begins October 20

Elected Officials need to know that Wells Branch is a Voting Community.

Not only is it your RIGHT, it is your RESPONSIBILITY • Arm yourself with knowledge.

Get informed, then VOTE!

We’ll help you get registered. You must register by October 6 in order to vote in the November 4 election. Look under the Election Tab for links to voting guides and polling locations.  If you need a ride, we’ll help you get there.  If you have questions, we’ll help you find the answers.  Email

Don’t forget! This election cycle includes some local elections that aren’t partisan. If you vote a straight party ticket, make sure you scroll all the way to the end of the ballot and vote in the races that aren’t party affiliated (WB MUD Board & RRISD Board elections). Who you elect at the local level can have a much greater impact on your everyday life than state or national elections.