Dock Jackson (D)
Dock Jackson is a fifth-generation Bastropian with extensive experience in public service, public policy and problem solving over 27 years on the Bastrop City Council receiving Certified Municipal Official (CMO) designation from Texas Municipal League (TML). Jackson retired from Bastrop County after serving 10 years working in the Bastrop County Judge’s, Clerk’s and Precinct 1 Justice of Peace offices. Previously he served as Parks & Recreation Director for the City of Elgin and Program and Special Events Manager for the City of Austin. Jackson is a proud former student and employee of the University of Texas at Austin.
Jackson served as TML President for the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. At TML Dock worked closely with statewide community leaders. As VP of the Southern Municipal Conference (SMC), a coalition of 13 Southern State Municipal Leagues, he was active with the National League of Cities serving on the Institute for Youth, Education and Families facilitating many national and regional workshops. He is an appointee to the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee. As a Board member of the Texas Recreation and Park Society, Dock was honored with Lifetime Member status for his work in parks and recreation in Bastrop and Elgin and National Recreation and Park Association.
As a community leader, Jackson currently serves as President of Kerr Community Center and President of Bastrop MLK Scholarship Committee. Jackson was a founding member of the Bastrop Main Street Board, a member of the Bastrop EDC, Hunter’s Crossing PID and Bastrop Comprehensive Planning Committee. Jackson is active with organizations like the Bastrop Music Friendly Committee, the Bastrop County African American Cultural Center, and the Cultural Arts Commission. He has appeared in productions at the Bastrop Opera House, serves as a singer for activities in the County and is a wedding officiant. Jackson, a longtime member of Ascension Catholic Church is a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Dock is founder of Bastrop County MLK Holiday Commission coordinating the annual walk and scholarship program issuing scholarships to Bastrop County including Bastrop, Cedar Creek, Colorado River Collegiate Academy, Elgin, Smithville, and McDade High Schools.
He is proud of his public service, budget management and leadership abilities. His love for Bastrop County and other skills makes him an ideal candidate to serve as Bastrop County Judge.
“An Experienced Voice of Action for All the People of Bastrop County”
Gregory Klaus (R)
I am Gregory Klaus and I was born and raised in Bastrop County. After graduating High School, I joined the Navy. The ship I was on patrolled the waters of Vietnam causing me to become a Vietnam Veteran. After returning home, I started working in the A/C & Heating business in Bastrop and met my wife Kalda. We have been married 46 years, have 3 children and 4 grandchildren, all of whom live, work or attend school in Bastrop County. I took over the A/C & Heating business in 1976 and owned the business for 30 years. In 2006, I sold the business and continued working there until recently retiring. After serving Bastrop County citizens for the last 45 years and listening to their concerns on a daily basis, I decided to hopefully continue serving the citizens by becoming the next Bastrop County Judge. My experience as the VFW Commander for 12 years and the Knights of Columbus Grand Knight for 2 years (Treasurer for 6 years) gives me the experience to conduct Commissioners Court meetings twice a month. I am very active in the community having called BINGO for the Ladies Auxiliary every Wednesday for 25 years, helping the Rockne Community Recreation Center (little league baseball) with field maintenance, concession stand repairs, etc., and helping the Red Rock Elementary school conduct fish fry's for PTA fundraisers, just to name a few. I have ran a successful business on budgets and fully intend to see that all Bastrop County Departments operate on a budget that benefits the essential services of our County. We can't stop the growth in Bastrop County, but as your County Judge, I will do everything in my power to keep our taxes as low as possible while funding vital agencies such as the Sheriff's department, Emergency Services, and our 911 Communications department. If I am elected Bastrop County Judge, each and every one of the Bastrop County taxpayers will be my boss. I hope to honor these hard-working Americans by working closely with the County Commissioners to make good, smart, sound, and mindful decisions on their behalf. I look forward to the opportunity to continue serving the citizens of Bastrop County and would appreciate your vote.
Ronnie McDonald (I)
Ronnie McDonald was Bastrop County Judge from 1998 to 2012, elected to 4 consecutive terms during a time in which the population of the county doubled. He was elected the First African American County Judge in Bastrop history and in Texas history (he shares the distinction with Judge Sam Biscoe of Travis County who was elected the same year) out of 254 counties. And at 27 years old, he was also the youngest to be elected to that office. As Bastrop County Judge, he oversaw a $31 million county budget. He worked successfully across party lines to navigate the county through disasters of flood, drought, fire, and hurricane. He helped to establish the first emergency management department for the county as well as to establish and expand the county Human Resources department.
Prior to being elected county judge, Ronnie worked in the state comptroller’s office as assistant executive director for Family Pathfinders and executive assistant to then-comptroller John Sharp, who is now chancellor of the Texas A&M University System.
Ronnie has also served as a government relations and education liaison for the firm McCreary, Veselka, Bragg, and Allen (MBVA)in Round Rock.
After completing his work with MVBA, Ronnie joined the team of directors of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas A&M Forest Service to provide direction on strategic priorities and focus. He served as the primary contact point for other partners by providing updates on a variety of joint interests such as natural disasters, providing AgriLife agency support to rural communities, and grant/partnership opportunities.
Ronnie graduated from Texas A&M University in 1993 with a bachelor’s in political science and business After being elected and serving as the first African American Yell Leader at the university.
Ronnie is a Bastrop native currently serving the Bastrop County community as a pastor with his wife of 26 years, Dr. Ty McDonald.
They have 3 children. Their eldest daughter is a junior at Texas A&M University and they have an incoming junior and senior at Cedar Creek High School.