It’s that time again—county election filing period
David Barkemeyer
Milam County Judge

Well, as the day rapidly approaches when it will be time to file for reelection (November 9 is when the filing period begins) I am amazed at how quickly my first term as county judge has gone by.

I’ll have to be ready to give an answer to your question, “Okay mister, just what have you accomplished these past 3 years?”

I’m not allowed to try to answer that question here in this column but must try to do so on the campaign trail.

But I will say that whatever it’s been couldn’t have been accomplished without the cooperation and help of the other elected officials, county employees, and citizens of Milam County.

As I was thinking about running again, my first thought was, “I don’t need to be working this hard at my age, besides the outlook for the next few budget cycles could be even rougher than this last one, so why not just let someone else handle the grief.” But that would be chickening out. The next thing that came to mind is I think I now know how Judge Summers must have felt last time around when I along with Chip Dunsmoor ran against him.

Now I’m the incumbent and while I’m busy at work county judging, my challengers will be out there putting up signs and campaigning away while I’m tied down having to do the job they’re trying to take away from me.

Somehow it doesn’t seem fair, guess the shoe is on the other foot now.

Also this time around many of the contests may be in the Republican Primary, whereas in the not too distant past all the local races were in the Democratic Primary.

So on March 4 voters must decide which election you’re going to vote in. Unfortunately you aren’t allowed to vote in both primaries.

Some of you may still be confused about that.

Anyway, get ready to see our beautiful county and towns fill up with political signs once again as we erst while political types go at it again between now and March.

I for one pledge to keep my campaign focused on what I feel I have accomplished so far, what I want to try to accomplish if you choose to elect me to another four year term as county judge, and what I believe we should be trying to do to make Milam County a better place to live.

In addition to county judge, we’ll have candidates running for commissioner in precincts 1, 2, and 4; district clerk, county clerk, treasurer, justice-of-the-peace in all four precincts, and constable precinct 3.

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