Primary Election Set for County and State Positions
New, reopened filing deadline Friday, March 9
Published March 5, 2012 @ 10:36 p.m.
After weeks of court rulings, challenges and speculattion about when there would be a primary election, we now have official word. According to notice from the Secretary of State’s office, the Primary Election will be May 29 with July 31 as the Primary Runoff Election date. Ballots will be mailed to the military and overseas voters April 14. A three-judge panel in San Antonio ordered the May Primary Election late last week.
The new, reopened filing period for primary candidates, independent candidates and minor party candidates is through Friday, March 9, 2012 at 6 p.m. Additionally, per the court order, candidates who filed during the first period will be permitted to withdraw or amend their applications during this second filing period.
Local county positions open for filing are: County Sheriff, County Attorney, Tax Assessor/Collector, Commissioner Precinct 1, Commissioner Precinct 3, Constable 1, Constable 2. Anyone interested in putting their name on the ballot for the May 29 Primary should file with the chair of the party of their choice: Democratic Party County Chair - Bebe Boren, (806) 629-4475, firstname.lastname@example.org or Republican Party County Chair - Trevor Thuett, (806) 777-8388, email@example.com.
Candidates that filed for local positions during the original filing period are:
Commissioner Precinct 3 - Ted A. Brannon (Incumbent) and John Valdez
Party Chair - Barbara (Bebe) C. Boren
Sheriff - Cliff Laws (Incumbent), Phil Mathews, and Terry L. Morgan
Tax Assessor Collector - Nancy Wallace
Commissioner Precinct 1 - Gary McDaniel (Incumbent) and Jerry Fogerson
County Chairman - Trevor Thuett
Constable 1 - Daniel Yarbro (Incumbent)
Constable 2 - Eric Cravy (Incumbent) and Ronald Gilbert
Editor's Note: Here is a very clear explanation of what redistricting is and why it is necessary that we go through this process posted on Texas Tribune: Redistricting is the revision or replacement of existing representative districts. It results in new districts with different "lines" or geographical boundaries.
The purpose of redistricting is to equalize population in state and congressional districts after publication of the United States census, and to ensure that minority populations are considered. Redistricting in Texas is mandated by the Texas Constitution of 1876.
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