It’s time to choose a sheriff

Intense three-man race highlights primary

The longest campaign in recent Milam County history will come to an end Tuesday as voters go to polls in Republican and Democratic primaries.

Or will it?

A runoff is a possibility in Milam’s premier 2012 race, the three-man scramble for sheriff in the Republican Primary between incumbent David Greene and challengers Greg Kouba and Herbie Vaughan.

If no candidate gets 50 percent, the top two will face off in a July 31 runoff.

The 2012 primary campaign is already the longest in decades. The primaries were originally scheduled for March 3 but were put off first to April 3, then to May 29 due to redistricting litigation.

Greene was elected sheriff in 2008, winning the Democratic Party Primary over Kouba, who was then Milam County Chief Deputy Sheriff, by 2,649 to 2,197. Cameron Policeman Tommy Farr drew 270.

All three candidates have changed their registration from Democratic to Republican. Vaughan was elected Precinct 3 Constable as a Democrat in 2004 and reelected in 2008.

There is no one on the Democratic Primary ballot for sheriff, so the Republican winner will become sheriff for the next four years.

MORE CONTESTS—There are a total of eight contests on Tuesday’s ballot, seven in the GOP Primary and one in the Democratic Primary.

Republican contests, in addition to the sheriff’s race are:

Treasurer—Julie Biar, Donna Orsag.

Tax Assessor-Collector—Kolette Morgan (incumbent), Karen Berry.


• Precinct 101, Milam County Courthouse, Cameron.
• Precinct 105, Buckholts Community Center.
• Precinct 203, Minerva Community Center.
• Precinct 207, Rockdale Regional Juvenile Justice
• Precinct 210, New Providence Baptist Church,
• Precinct 212, Cameron Community Center.
• Precinct 316, Gause Community Center.
• Precinct 317, Milano First Baptist Church.
• Precinct 318, Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department.
• Precinct 419, First Baptist Church Family Life Center,
• Precinct 420, Thorndale Recreational Hall (Firemen’s


Early voting ends Friday. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rockdale Regional Juvenile Justice Center, Thorndale Fireman’s Hall (Recreational Center) and Buckholts Community Center and 8 a.m to 5 p.m. at the county clerk’s office in Cameron.

Through Tuesday (May 22) there were 997 Republican early votes and 154 Democratic early votes cast.

Precinct 1 commissioner— George Tomek (incumbent), Chuck “Tank” Balch.

Precinct 1 constable—John A nderle (incumbent), Randy Rodriguez.

Precinct 2 constable—Charlie West (incumbent), Kenny Schneebeli.

Precinct 3 constable—Jay Willingham, Roy Baggerly, Carol Wells.

DEMO CONTESTS—There is now only one contested Democratic Primary race.

That’s for district judge where Cameron attorneys Hollis Lewis and Norman Lanford are vying for the party’s nomination to challenge Republican incumbent John Youngblood in November.

Until two weeks ago there had been a Democratic contest for Precinct 4 constable but challenger Brian Keith Fisher said he no longer considers himself a candidate, even though his name is still listed on the ballot, after accepting a new job in Taylor

That leaves incumbent Giles Summerlin unopposed for renomination.

UNOPPOSED—The following races are also unopposed in the primaries:


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 addition to the sheriff race, there is no Democrat on the November ballot for constable in Precincts 1, 2 and 3, and the winner 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—Had the primaries been held as scheduled in March or April there would have been more drama in the presidential race on the Republican ballot.

But former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is considered to have the nomination locked up as all his major opponents have suspended their campaigns.

There are seven other names on the Milam Republican presidential ballot, along with option to send an uncommitted slate to the state convention.

On the Democratic side, President Barack Obama has 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.

There are also contested Republican races for U. S. Senator and Representative, two railroad commissioner seats, two judicial seats and state board of eduction.

Only other contested Democratic Primary race above the county level is for U. S. Senator.

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