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15 file first day for 2012

Six contests now assured on ballots
By MIKE BROWN
Reporter Editor


EARLY BIRDS—Eight candidates were on hand to file when Republican headquarters in Cameron opened at 9 a.m. Seated, sheriff candidates David Greene (R), the incumbent, and Greg Kouba flank incumbent tax assessor-collector Kolette Morgan. Standing (L-R), Bill Whitmire, party chair; John Fisher, Precinct 3 commissioner candidate; Charlie West, Precinct 2 constable incumbent; John Anderle, Precinct 1 Constable incumbent; George Tomek, Precinct 1 Commissioner incumbent; Bill Torrey, prosecutor candidate. EARLY BIRDS—Eight candidates were on hand to file when Republican headquarters in Cameron opened at 9 a.m. Seated, sheriff candidates David Greene (R), the incumbent, and Greg Kouba flank incumbent tax assessor-collector Kolette Morgan. Standing (L-R), Bill Whitmire, party chair; John Fisher, Precinct 3 commissioner candidate; Charlie West, Precinct 2 constable incumbent; John Anderle, Precinct 1 Constable incumbent; George Tomek, Precinct 1 Commissioner incumbent; Bill Torrey, prosecutor candidate. The first day of filing for 2012 primary elections Monday has already assured four Republican primary races and two for the general election.

Bill Torrey, Cameron attorney, filed for county-district attorney as a Republican on Monday. Incumbent Kerry Spears also filed Monday, seeking re-election as a Democrat.

Torrey mounted unsuccessful challenges to Spears in 2004 and 2008 Democratic Primaries.

A district judge race is also assured in November, 2012.

Incumbent John Youngblood, a Republican, is facing voters for the first time. He filed in that primary on Monday.

Norman Lanford filed for district judge as a Democrat.

Youngblood was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to replace Ed Magre, a Democrat, after Magre retired at the end of June.

Lanford had also sought that appointment.

COMMISSIONER— Two Republicans filed Monday for the Precinct 3 commissioner post now held by Democrat Dale Jaecks of Rockdale.

Rockdale resident John Fisher and Milano area resident Odes Foster are seeking the position.

Jaecks is Milam County’s longest serving office holder, first elected to the post in 1988 and re-elected five times.

SWITCHES— Two more Milam incumbents have switched parties.

Precinct 1 Commissioner George Tomek, who was elected in 2008 as a Democrat, filed for re-election Monday as a Republican.

So did Precinct 1 Constable John Anderle, who was also elected as a Democrat in 2008.

SHERIFF—The GOP primary race for sheriff features a rematch of the 2008 candidates but in a different primary.

Incumbent Dav id Greene, who switched from Democrat to Republican in May, is opposed by former Milam Deputy Sheriff Greg Kouba.

Greene defeated Kouba in the 2008 Democratic Primary.

Kouba is currently a deputy sheriff in Bastrop County.

TAX OFFICE—Kolette Morgan, incumbent tax assessorcollector, is also making her first appearance on a ballot.

Karen Berry, who previously announced she would challenge Morgan in the Republican Primary, did not file on the first day.

Morga n wa s appointed to replace incumbent Democrat Doug Bryan in 2010.

CONSTA BLES—The GOP race for Precinct 2 constable includes a former longtime sheriff who was elected three times as a Democrat.

Incumbent Constable Charlie West was appointed in May to fill the unexpired term of Heith Kemper. West, a retired Milam County Sheriff, had been elected to that office as a Democrat in 1996, 2000 and 2004.

West is opposed on the GOP ballot by Kenny Schneebeli.

DEMOCRATS—In addition to Spears, two other incumbent Democrats filed Monday for the Democratic Primary, according to Richard Stone, county chair.

Linda Acosta is seek ing a full term as treasurer. She was appointed to that position in March, 2010.

Bill Whitmire, GOP chair, said he expects a treasurer candidate to file by petition.

“Julie Biar is currently collecting signatures,” he said.

Biar mounted an unsuccessful write-in campaign for treasurer as a Republican in the 2010 general election.

Longtime Precinct 4 Constable Giles Summerlin also filed for re- election as a Democrat on Monday.

Summerlin has held that office since 1995 and has been re-elected at each election

Final day to file in either prineedy


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