Multiple primary filings expected for Milam offices
Thursday marks the official opening of the 2010 political season in Milam County with multiple filings expected in both parties.
It's the first day candidates may file for the March 2 primaries and both the county Democratic and Republican parties have scheduled special filing days Thursday at each organization's Cameron headquarters. (See stories, 5A.)
It's already gearing up to be an interesting political season.
Precinct 4 Commissioner Burke Bauerschlag has indicated he will not seek another term and Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Chip Dunsmoor has said he will make an announcement at a later date concerning his political plans.
Both are Democrats, as are all elected officials in Milam County.
Most, or all, of the others are expected to sign up for new terms.
Races up for grabs in 2010, along with the current office holders are the following:
• County judge, Frank Summers.
• County clerk, Barbara Vansa.
• District clerk, Cindy Fechner.
• County treasurer, Danica Lara.
• County commissioners—Precinct 2, Kenneth Hollas; Precinct 4, Bauerschlag.
• Justices of the Peace—Precinct 1, Dunsmoor; Precinct 1, Don Schuerman; Precinct 3, Twila Harris; Precinct 4, Gary Northcott.
Bill Whitmire, county GOP chair, said the Milam Republican Party has nine potential candidates, including county judge, county commissioner and all four JP races.
Former Cameron Mayor Dave Barkemeyer, a Republican, is expected to challenge Summers for county judge in what looks to be the premier countywide race in 2010.
Final day to file for the primaries is Monday, Jan. 4.
Early voting will be Feb. 16-26 for the March 2 primary elections.
Final day a Texan may register to vote before the primaries is Feb. 1.