Priorities: Water, Protecting Teachers and Curbing Taxes, Development

Les will be the voice in the legislature for Hays and Blanco County citizens by:


  • Protecting our water resources and preserving the quality of life for our counties’ citizens; it is our water and it is not for sale.
  • Working to adopt sustainable water use policies in the statutes to assure the future of our aquifers.
  • Fighting for water to be removed from the rule of capture and working to fund the water districts by means other than drilling permits.

Protecting Teachers and Curbing Taxes

  • Working to fully fund education by the State to lift the burden off the local taxing jurisdictions.
  • Protecting teacher retirement and benefits and fighting for higher salaries.


  • Promoting responsible sustainable development by local jurisdictions instead of development by MUDs.
  • Opposing MUDs, as they are a burden to the taxpayers and infrastructure must be the responsibility of the developer.
  • Fighting to end state subsidies for highly profitable industries.

Experience and Knowledge in Legislative Law

Les brings 27 years’ experience working with legislation, rules, and tax statutes during his employment at the State Comptroller’s Office in Revenue Accounting, Local Government Assistance, and Criminal Investigations. Now retired from the State, Les is currently a Criminal Analyst for Travis County Constable Precinct 3 with the Clean Air Task Force.

Twenty Years of Activity with Hays County Democratic Party

Les has been actively involved in the Hays County Democratic Party for twenty years. He served as Treasurer from 2011-2017, has raised funds for the Party, and he donates monthly.  He is a founding member of the San Marcos Area Democrats. He organized the Hays County “free political sign” program. Les has built and installed Democratic political signs all over the county for many, many local and national candidates.


Les has spent more than 40 years working with Democratic Party campaigns in various capacities. He is a native Texan raised in San Antonio where his mother was a school teacher and his father was a civil servant.

Les has a degree in economics and teaching certification from The University of Texas at Austin. He served on the Board of Hays County Water Planning Partnership. He organized the first water forum concerning Electro Purification’s threat to our county aquifers.

Les is a firm believer in women’s health and gives monthly to Planned Parenthood. He supports the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and has relatives who have benefited from CHIP. Les gives monthly to the Workers Defense Project and he will advocate for workers’ rights. He has been a union member for more than 33 years (ATU-1549, TSEU, and AFSCME).

Les has lived in Hays County with his wife, Katie, for over twenty years.

A Note from Les

Thanks for visiting my page. I am a Democrat running for Texas House District 45 (Blanco and Hays Counties) to protect and preserve our resources and way of life that has been under attack by the extremist far right legislation sponsored by the Koch brothers American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

We need to reverse this legislation and elect a true representative from our district. I am running to be your representative as I have 27 years in state government (Comptroller of Public Accounts) and almost one year with Travis County Constable Precinct 3. These two job experiences involve legislation, statutes and rules as well as working with the public.

I have served as treasurer for the Hays County Democratic Party from 2011 through 2017 and was a founding member of the San Marcos Area Democrats. Since completing our house, I have been involved with the critical issue of WATER first with the Hays County Water Planning Partnership. It’s a never ending battle to keep clean water for our responsible use.

Please join me in my campaign to represent you in the Texas House of Representatives District 45

 – Les Carnes

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