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Comal County Commissioner candidates respond to criticisms

Commissioners races are heating up in Comal County. The precinct three race is getting extra attention as New Braunfels voters analyze the names on the ballot.

Leah Durain (KENS 5)

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Commissioner races are heating up in Comal County.

The precinct three race is getting extra attention as New Braunfels voters analyze the names on the ballot.

The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership New Braunfels Alumni Association hosted a candidate forum via Zoom on Wednesday. Kevin Webb and Colette Nies outline their goals for Comal County’s precinct three, while Donna Eccleston and Lindsay Poisel did the same for precinct one.

But, it’s what’s buzzing online that people in the community are talking more about.

Precinct three incumbent Kevin Webb has been criticized for not doing more to stop a controversial quarry that could create environmental concerns.

A statement Webb sent to KENS 5 in response read in part:

“As a County, we have done what we can within our authorities to help the people potentially affected by the quarry. I’m motivated to do what I feel like is the right thing for Comal County.”

His full response is published later in this article.

Nies says she feels called to run in an effort to make a mark on areas of disparity she sees in her community. She’s also addressing recent community concerns stemming from some social media posts circulating online.

“I've been attacked brutally over the last week for things that are completely preposterous,” said Nies in the forum.

KENS 5 reached out to Nies for more information. While she didn’t confirm if she made the posts in question, Nies did say she has been the target of online and in-person harassment. 

“One took a couple of Instagram posts from 2017 way out of context and created this story that I'm some kind of drug dealer or do illicit behavior,” said Nies. “There were six or seven groups that really perpetuated that kind of harassment.”

Nies also provided context to jail records that have surfaced.

“I got caught with a joint. I paid my misdemeanor fine and did a year [of] probation. That was 19 years ago,” said Nies. “The pervasiveness of the kind of demonization of recreational cannabis use, it needs to be decriminalized in Texas.”

A link to her full response is posted later in this article.

Voters will now decide whether her past is in the past or something they’d rather not accept.