Milam Democrats slate two forums
The Milam County Democratic Party will host two opportunities in February for voters to meet local candidates running in the March Primary Election.
“Our primary election this year is exciting,” said Richard Stone, county chairman for local Democrats. “We have three contested races, and one of them is a county-wide race.”
The first candidate forum will be Tuesday,
Feb. 2 at the United Steelworkers of America Union Hall in Rockdale, the second two days later, Thursday Feb. 4, at Bea’s Kitchen in Cameron.
The forums will begin with receptions from 6:30 to 7 p.m. At 7 p.m., candidates will have an opportunity to make brief presentations to the voters followed by an opportunity for voters to question each candidate.
Stone said O.C. “Chip” Dunsmoor filed earlier this month to challenge current Milam County Judge Frank Summer’s re-election bid. Dunsmoor is the current Justice of the Peace for Precinct 1. Summers is running for his fourth term as county judge.
He said three candidates have filed for the Democratic nomination to Dunsmoor’s seat. They are Tom Jones, Lisa Roden and Charles Hundle.
The third contested primary race is between challenger Donald R. Shuffield and incumbent Kenneth Hollas for the Democratic nomination to the County Commissioner Pct. 2 seat.
Several Democrats have no challenger in the primary election, They include Jeff Muegge who has filed for the commissioner Precinct 4 position left vacant when Burke Bauerschlag decided not to run for re-election. Other Democratic candidates w ith uncontested primary races are County Clerk Barbara Vansa, Distr ict Clerk Cindy Fechner, County Treasurer Danica Lara, J.P. Precinct 2 Donald Schuerman, J.P. Precinct 3 Twila Harris and J.P. Precinct 4 Gary Northcott. Schuerman is filling the unexpired term left when Don Ahrendt retired last fall. The rest of the candidates are incumbents.
“These forums are an excellent way for voters to meet our candidates,” said Stone. “Local elections like this are the most important elections because the decisions these people make are likely to have an immediate impact on you.”
The deadline to register to vote in the March Primary election is Feb. 1.
More information about these and other local voter events can be found on the party’s website, www.MilamCountyDemocrats.org.