By Kent Brunette
According to the Texas Legislative Reference Library, for a one hundred year period (stretching
from 1864 until 1963), several handfuls of Robertson County residents held an unbroken
succession of seats in the Texas House of Representatives. This streak ended after Bremond’s
Herman Yezak served nine, two-year terms in the Texas House from 1945 until 1963.
No native son or daughter of the county has served as state representative in the past fifty years.
With two locals running for state representative in 2012, this Booger County dry spell could end.
Tucker Anderson is a state representative candidate whose roots run generations deep in
Robertson County. Tucker is from a prominent, civic-minded Calvert family. Practically all of the
old display cases in the Hearne Depot came from his parents’ Wesley and Sallie Anderson’s Boll
Weevil Antiques. Many of these were donated by the Anderson family.
Texas’ new Twelfth House of Representatives district includes the eastern parts of McLennan
County, the rural parts of Brazos County, all of Robertson, Falls, and Limestone counties. With no
incumbent in this race, this house seat is up for grabs.
The crowded field of state representative contenders in this May’s local Republican primary
includes: Tucker Anderson (Calvert), Timothy Delasandro (College Station), Kyle J. Kacal
(Bryan), Chris Scotti (College Station), and Josh Tetens (Waco).
Robert Stem, Jr. is running unopposed for state representative in this May’s local Democratic
primary. Although he lists Falls as his county of residence, Robert Stem, Jr. and his prominent,
civic-minded family also have deep roots in Robertson County.
Generations of the Stem family hail from northeastern Robertson County. The candidate’s dad,
the Honorable Robert Miller Stem, is the longtime judge for the 82 Judicial District that includes
Robertson and Falls counties. Members of the Stem family are familiar faces in our area.
Robertson County is currently represented in the Texas House of Representatives by Marva Beck
(Centerville). Representative Beck’s new legislative district stretches to the east of Leon County
and will no longer include Robertson County. Mrs. Beck is the first female to represent this neck
of the woods in the legislature.
On the senate side, incumbent Texas Senator Steve Ogden is retiring. The following candidates
are seeking the open Fifth Texas Senate seat in the May Republican primary: Ben Bius
(Huntsville) and Charles Schwertner (Georgetown). No one is running for this open senate seat in
the Democratic primary.
Early voting by mail (absentee voting) for the upcoming primaries has already started. To obtain
an application for a ballot by mail, contact: Trudy R. Hancock, Elections Administrator, PO Box
819, Franklin, TX 77856 or call 979.828.5726.
The Hearne and Franklin in-person early voting polling places will be open from 8 to 5, Monday,
May 14 through Friday, May 18. Four early in-person voting locations (in Hearne, Franklin,
Calvert, and Bremond) will be open Saturday, May 19 from 8 to 5. All four of these early in-person
polling places will be open from 7 to 7, Monday through Friday, May 21 to May 25.
B&D Supply is now open in the light blue metal building at 501 South Market Street (on the east
side of combined TX6/US79 across from Top Donuts). At this new business, you will find quality
tools at reasonable prices. B&D is open from 9 to 5 Monday through Friday and from 9 to 1 on
Saturdays. B&D’s phone number is 979.280.0811.
Encino Estates, Hearne’s mobile home and recreational vehicle community, is just off of FM485
at 1284 Vaughn Lane (nestled in the woods across from the Robertson County Fairgrounds and
the Go Texan building). Visitors to www.hearnetexas.info can easily find this business listed along
with other places to stay at the bottom of the chamber’s welcome page. Encino Estates’ phone
number is 979.220.3700.
Crossroads Reports appear periodically in the Robertson County News and are archived at the
Hearne chamber’s website. The views expressed in this report are those of the author and do not
necessarily reflect the views of the City of Hearne, Hearne’s 4A and 4B Sales Tax Boards,
Hearne Chamber of Commerce, or the Robertson County News.