Unfinished business
by Chip Latcham
May 16, 2014 | 185 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Although Bee County voters have been to the polling places several times in recent weeks, they need to return once more to conclude their civic duty this spring.

Those who make the effort will help decide some primary runoff elections, all on the state level. Four races on the Republican primary ballot and one on the Democratic side will determine who the nominees will be for the November general election.

We join the Texas Association of Business and Texas Farm Bureau in endorsing David Dewhurst for lieutenant governor and Dan Branch for attorney general, both on the Republican ticket.

We supported Todd Staples for lieutenant governor in the GOP primary but since he didn’t make the runoff, we will ignore the distasteful campaign ads and join with the TAB and AGFUND, which endorsed Dewhurst and Branch because of their long record of service and support of Texas businesses and agriculture.

Surprisingly, the Farm Bureau declined to endorse a candidate in either party for agriculture commissioner in these runoffs.

We recommend former State Rep. Tommy Merritt, Republican from Longview, who reportedly understands agriculture and ranching and has been a successful small business owner.

On the Democratic side, we suggest votes for Jim Hogan, a Cleburne rancher and longtime dairy farmer. His opponent is comedian/musician Kinky Friedman, who would certainly be favored by pot growers.

For the Railroad Commission position on the Republican ballot, we recommend newcomer Ryan Sitton, CEO and co-founder of an oil-and-gas engineering consulting firm based in Pasadena. Again, our first choice did not make the runoff.

Early voting begins Monday and continues through Friday, May 23, at the commissioners courtroom at the courthouse. Election day will be Tuesday, May 27.

“Turnout for runoff elections is usually low,” our state Rep. J.M. Lozano said. “Given that May 27 is the day after the Memorial Day holiday, many people will likely be on vacation. Be sure to vote.”

Each one cast could actually make a significant difference.

– Chip Latcham
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