Korbel wants to fill sole seat on GOP commissioners’ tribunal

For six months, Susan Korbel knew she would be the Democratic nominee for Bexar County Commissioner. The only problem was that she had no idea who her opponent would be.

That mystery was solved two weeks ago when presidents of the GOP precinct sorted through a field of nine candidates and chose Grant Moody — a 42-year-old Navy pilot, director of innovation and low fuels. carbon content of Valero and former USAA leader – to represent the Republican Party in the November election.

While Korbel has been active on the campaign trail since the start of this year, it is not easy to build a case against a non-existent opponent. Because of this, it feels like the North Side-based race for Precinct 3 County Commissioner has only just begun.

It’s the seat Trish DeBerry vacated last December to seek the Republican nomination for county judge.

The acting replacement named by DeBerry, former Fourth Court of Appeals judge Marialyn Barnard, ran for the Republican nomination, but her greatest strength also proved to be her greatest liability to party activists. : the post that had been provided by Democratic County Judge Nelson Wolff. Barnard ultimately finished second to Moody in the GOP constituency chairman vote.

Korbel is working on an idea that has been floated for years (notably by incumbent Republican Rep. Lyle Larson): consolidating county and city departments, to avoid duplication and free up taxpayer funds.

“What’s really been interesting as I’ve gotten to know people is how seriously we have to start planning for the future,” Korbel said. “The county commissioners are perfectly placed to do this.

“If we’re going to go from over 2 million people to 4 million people in 30 years, I have no idea how that works right now. As I’ve gotten to know everyone from developers to people working in transportation planning and social services, I can see many ways that we really need to support and do a lot of cross-agency planning. .

Korbel jokingly refers to consolidation as “that horrible word you’re not supposed to use”, but adds: “Honestly, when you look at the replication of different services, we can’t afford to let this go on. as they are.”

She also underscores the need to address the root cause of skyrocketing real estate valuations in Bexar County: a shortage of available housing.

Korbel, 72, became politically active as an undergraduate student at Cornell University who joined the Vietnam War protest movement.

She will continue her studies in labor relations and public sector employment at the University of Michigan and earn her doctorate in public administration.

She runs a consumer research firm and has lived with her family in the same Castle Hills home for 36 years.

Precinct 3 was the GOP’s only reliable seat in the Court of Commissioners, which may explain why nine Republicans fought for that party’s nomination, while Korbel was the only Democrat to run.

It’s easy to argue for a Moody victory.

After all, the closest recent race in Precinct 3 was in 2020, when DeBerry beat Democratic candidate Christine Hortick by more than 9 percentage points.

DeBerry earned the win in a strong Democratic election cycle in which the party’s presidential nominee Joe Biden edged Bexar County by 18 percentage points over Republican incumbent Donald Trump.

If, as many have predicted, Biden’s low presidential approval rating boosts Republican fortunes this year, Korbel should defy political gravity to secure an upset victory.

She doesn’t see it that way. On the one hand, Korbel points out that Trump has barely defeated Biden in Precinct 3 in 2020. She also expresses hope that Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Beto O’Rourke – whom Korbel has campaigned tirelessly for during O’Rourke’s exciting bid for the U.S. Senate in 2018 — can provide strong ponytails.

Korbel seems ready to use Moody’s success in the corporate world against him.

“I definitely respect his service,” she said. “I know what kind of person he is. He was a hard worker.

She added: “He works for big companies. I owned a small business, but it lasted a long time. I think I represent people who are trying hard, women who have owned their own business or are aspiring to do so.

“I think he may have the interests of the big companies he works with rather than the interests of the grassroots owners.”

These base owners are the voters Korbel is counting on to reverse decades of Democratic futility in Precinct 3.

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