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Fowler, Hogan square off in county judge runoff

By Jim Hardin, Rockwall Herald Banner. Kevin Fowler and Jerry Hogan are vying for the County Judge’s seat in Rockwall County in the upcoming runoff ballot. The Herald-Banner takes an in-depth look at both campaigns prior to the start of early voting.

Fowler slogan: ‘I can build consensus, not walls’

That’s a message county judge runoff candidate Kevin Fowler wants to get across to Rockwall County voters before the April 13 election.

That will be his down-the-stretch slogan in his judgeship race against Jerry Hogan.

“I find myself saying over and over, ’I can build consensus,’” Fowler said this week during an hour-long interview at American National Bank, where he is a commercial loan officer.

And what’s the opposite of building consensus, Fowler said a marketing representative asked him.

“Well, it’s building walls,” Fowler said he responded. “If you have a personality that’s polarizing, or pushy, or strong, what doesn’t work in county government, then you’re building walls with other commissioners, or other departments, or other elected officials, or other cities, with Washington, with Austin. You have all these walls and you can’t get anything done.”

After the response to the marketing representative’s question, a slogan was born.

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