At last! Primary early vote to start
After two filing periods, and judicial challenges that reached the U. S. Supreme Court, early voting for the 2012 Republican and Democratic Primaries gets under way Monday.
Premier race this time around is for sheriff in the Republican Primary with incumbent David Greene facing two challengers, Greg Kouba and Herbie Vaughan.
There are a total of seven contested races on the GOP ballot and three on the Demcratic ballot.
EARLY VOTING—There’s a new early voting location in Rockdale.
You’ll take that new yellow voter registration card, received in the mail two weeks ago, to the Rockdale Regional Juvenile Justice Center, north of the city limits on FM 487 (Ackerman Street).
Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 14-18 and May 21-25 (weekdays).
There are three other early voting locations throughout Milam County: Thorndale Fireman’s Hall, the Milam County Clerk’s office in Cameron and the Buckholts Comunity Center.
Days are the same and hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Cameron and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Thorndale and Buckholts.
GOP—Here are the contests on the Republican ballot:
Sheriff—David Greene (incumbent), Greg Kouba, Herbie Vaughan.
Treasurer—Julie Biar, Donna Orsag.
Tax Assessor-Collector— Kolette Morgan (incumbent), Karen Berry.
Precinct 1 commissioner— George Tomek (incumbent), Chuck “Tank” Balch.
Precinct 1 constable—John Anderle (incumbent), Randy Rodriguez.
Precinct 2 constable—Charlie West (incumbent), Kenny Schneebeli.
Precinct 3 constable—Jay Willingham, Roy Baggerly, Carol Wells.
DEMO CONTESTS—There are two contested Democratic Primary races as follows:
Di st r ic t judge—Nor man Lanford, Hollis Lewis.
Precinct 4 constable—Giles Summerlin (incumbent), Brian Keith Fisher.
UNOPPOSED—The following races are unopposed in the May 29 primaries:
District judge—John Youngblood (incumbent).
District attorney—Bill Torrey.
Precinct 3 commissioner— John Fisher.
Precinct 4 constable—Fred Keefer.
District attorney—Kerr y Spears (incumbent).
County treasurer—Linda Acosta (incumbent).
Tax assessor-collector— Tommy Grimes.
Precinct 1 commissioner— Ricky McCall.
Precinct 3 commissioner— Andy Jackson.
NOVEMBER—That means there will be Republican-Democrat contests in November for the following positions:
District judge, district attorney, treasurer, tax assessor-collector, Precinct 1 commissioner, Precinct 3 commissioner, Precinct 4 constable.
In four races, sheriff and Precinct 1, 2 and 3 constables, there is no Democrat on the November ballot and the w inner of the Republican primary will be unopposed in the fall.
Bill Whitmire (GOP) and Richard Stone (Democrat) are unopposed for new terms as county chairs.
PRESIDENT—Milam Republicans and Democrats will help choose their parties’ presidential nominees but the late primary date has taken the edge off that task for Republicans.
Texas Congressman Ron Paul remains as the sole major candidate challenging presumptive nominee Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts.
On the Democratic side President Barack Obama is challenged by three opponents.
DOWN BA LLOT— On the GOP ballot, incumbent District 20 State Rep. Dr. Charles Schwertner is opposed by Ben Bius for the District 5 state senate seat being vacated by Steve Ogden.
Dr. Marsha Farney is unopposed on the Republican ballot for the state representative seat being vacated by Schwertner.