Commissioner, Pct. 1
County Commissioner Pct. 1 (R)
Mark Gillespie, incumbent, County Commissioner Pct. 1 (R) has kept his seat beating his opponent David Cabellero (D) with 65.22 percent of the vote. Cabellero received 947 votes while Gillespie received 1,776 votes.
Gillespie, a lifelong resident of Atascosa County owns a family business, Gillespie Custom Cabinets, LLC. Gillespie said that he has learned from running a business the many traits of what it takes to maintain success, quality, satisfaction and when to dig deeper into the job to get it finished correctly, in a timely manner while saving money along the way.
“I plan to work diligently on improving Countywide infrastructure while overseeing the budget that impacts our tax rate which rolls over to tax payer savings,” said Gillespie. “Never promise something you can’t perform or hold up to. I can hold my head high with pride and say I sleep great at night because I treat all fair and equal. As your Atascosa County Commissioner PCT1, I will continue to strive to do my best for the County as a whole and fight for your rights just as I do for myself.”
Commissioner, Pct. 2
Stuart Knowlton has won the Commissioner Pct. 2 seat by 54.43 percent. Knowlton received 1,648 votes while opponent Robert Brown (D) received 1,338. The Commissioner Pct. 2 seat was formerly held by William Torans. According to Knowlton, the Northwest area of the County (PCT 2) continues to grow with the influx of new residents. Since 2013, Knowlton has represented the Commissioners’ Court on the Appraisal District Board of Directors. Property tax issues have been his passion since moving to Atascosa County in 2007. He helped, along with a member of the community, sponsor a bill in the legislature to allow taxpayers the right to protest their property tax to the local JP court instead of District Court. The bill passed the legislature, unanimously in the State House and 26-3 in the Senate. “Unfortunately, it failed to become law,” said Knowlton. “My focus as a County Commissioner will be to ensure that Precinct 2 is adequately funded for the anticipated growth in residents and our roads continue to be properly maintained. I am a small business owner, in the past owned a company that had as many as 50 employees and am a US Army Veteran. In 2017 I was named volunteer of the year in Senate District 19 for the Republican Party of Texas.”