Finally! Filing resumes for ballot
A San Antonio federal court jumpstarted the dormant Texas political season last week, ordering primaries for May 29 and setting a new filing “window” which expires at 6 p.m. Friday.
Milam County candidates are already jumping at the new opportunity with two Democratic candidates and one Republican signing up for commissioner posts Monday and Tuesday, according to County Chairs Richard Stone (D) and Bill Whitmire (R).
Andy Jackson of Rockdale filed Monday for the Precinct 3 commissioner position being vacated by Democrat Dale Jaecks, Milam County’s longest serving elected official.
Republicans John L. Fisher and Odes Foster are vying for the GOP nomination.
Ricky McCall, former mayor of Buckholts, signed up Tuesday for the Democratic nomination as Precinct 1 commissioner.
Chuck (Tank) Balch of Cameron filed Tuesday in the Republican Primary to oppose Precinct 1 Commissioner eorge Tomek.
Tomek, who was elected as a Democrat, is seeking re-election as a Republican.
GOP PROSPECTS—Whitmire told The Reporter he expects more Republicans to file before the Friday deadline.
Randy Rodriguez, who did not file during the original filing period which ended Dec. 19, subsequently announced that he would be a candidate for Precinct 1 constable.
Incum bentJoh nAnderle is se ek ing re -election in the GOP primar y.
As of Repor ter deadl ine time, no cand id ate of either part y had filedforPrecinc t3const able.
That ’s the po si tion current ly held by Herbie Vaug han who is one of the three GOP candidates for sheriff.
Thi s week ’s filing s assure there will be atleas tsixcon- te sted Milam County races in the November general elec tion.
SCHEDULE—Here’s the rev ised sched ulefor prim ary season, ac cord ing to Secre tar y of State Hope Andrade.
March 9— Filing ends.
April 14— Dead line tomail mil itary and oversea s ballots.
April 30 —Last day to register to vote for primar y elect ions. May 14- 25— Early voting.
May 29— Primar y elec tion.
Ju ly 2— Voter registrat ion deadli ne toparticipate in July31 ru noff ele ct ion , if not alread y registered.
Ju ne16 —Dead lineto mail mil itary and overseas ba llots for runof f election.
July 23- 27— Early vot in g for runof f election.
July 31— Runof f election.
Now that political district s in qu est ion have be en ordered by the court, new voter regi stration card scanbepri ntedand are expecte d to be mailed out nex t month.
Milam Count y is in U. S Repre - sentative Di stric t 17, State Senate District5and State Representative