Early voting to start Monday in runoff

Turnout key factor in ‘Round 2’ between incumbent, challenger

The marathon that has been the race for Milam County Sheriff has finally become a sprint.

Early voting will open Monday in the Republican Primary runoff race between incumbent David Greene and former chief deputy Greg Kouba.

It will lead up to July 31 runoff elections in both parties. The sheriff contest is the only local race.

Greene almost won the GOP nomination— there is no Democrat on the general election ballot—on May 29, when he polled 49 percent of the vote. Kouba drew 33 percent and Herbie Vaughan, current Precinct 3 constable, was eliminated with 17.61 percent.

TURNOUT—Key to any runoff election is always turnout—which candidate gets their supporters to show up and vote.

The May 29 elections resulted in a combined turnout of 27.1 percent, Republican and Democratic vote combined.

Statewide turnout for the runoff is expected to be about half that. But turnout in Milam County, with its high profile sheriff’s race, could be a surprise.

If it seems like the sheriff candidates have been campaigning for a year, that’s pretty close to right.

Both filed on the first day, Nov. 28, 2011, but had announced considerably before. By June, 2011, both Greene and Kouba had already designated treasurers for their upcoming campaigns.

The 2012 political year in Texas, of course, has been extended due to a redistricting legal battle which reached the U. S. Supreme Court. The primary was originally scheduled for March 6.

WHO CAN VOTE?— Since both Republican and Democratic parties are holding runoff elections, voters need to keep in mind that you won’t be able to vote in a party runoff different from the party primary in which you cast a vote May 29.

But anyone who did not vote May 29, and is legally registered to vote in Milam County, may vote in either party’s runoff beginning Monday.

Also, anyone requesting a ballot by mail for the runoff is reminded such requests must be received—not postmarked by—in the county clerk’s office by 5 p.m. Tuesday (July 24).

SENATE RACE—One of the statewide races on the Republican runoff ballot


Rockdale Regional Juvenile
Justice Center—9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Milam County Clerk’s Office,
Cameron—8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thorndale Recreational
(Firemen’s) Hall—9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Buckholts Community Center— 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

has generated a lot of interest recently.

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz are vying for the GOP nomination to the U. S. Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Dewhurst led the May 29 balloting which eliminated seven candidates including former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and ex-SMU football standout Craig James.

The GOP runoff winner will face the winner of the only Democratic race on the July 31 Milam ballot.

Paul Sadler, former state representative, is opposed by Grady Yarbrough, retired educator, also seeking the U. S. Senate seat being vacated by Hutchison.

Sadler got the most votes in the May 29 primary which eliminated two candidates.

GOP RACES—Other races on the Republican ballot:

Railroad commissioner— Warren Chisum, Christi Craddick.

Railroad commissioner, unexpired term—Barry Smitherman, Greg Parker.

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 4—David Medina, John Devine.

Member, State Board of Education, District 10—Tom Maynard, Rebecca Osbourne.

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