March ballot includes important propositions for primary voters
by Lindsey Shaffer
Dec 27, 2013 | 260 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The last day to file for the March primaries was Monday, Dec 9. There are no locally contested races in Live Oak County. The position of justice of the peace in McMullen County has two candidates running against each other, both affiliated with the Republican party—Debora L. Garza and Gary Stanley.

Live Oak County Democratic Party Chair Tracey Angell Retzloff said that even though there are no locally contested races, all Live Oak County Democrats should come out and vote early, from Feb. 18-28, or on Primary Election Day, March 4, “to help choose the best candidates for the general election in November.”

“In this election cycle, Texas Democrats will have more candidates for statewide office than any other time since 2002,” she said. “We’re really excited about the qualifications and common sense positions our candidates have to offer Texas voters.”

Retzloff said she believes that Medicare expansion is an extremely important proposition that will be on the ballot.

“Personally, I think Medicare expansion is extremely important because 1.5 million poor Texans will still be without health care coverage without it, even though the cost would be completely covered by federal funding,” she said. “Texas will be giving up $9.2 billion, including money we paid into the fund, and we’ll still have all of these people without health care.”

Concerning local impact, Retzloff said she believes the living wage proposition would have the biggest effect on Live Oak County residents.

“If people in low-wage jobs had more income they could spend more locally and support our small businesses,” she said. “About 15 percent of our local population lives in poverty, and a living wage would help bring some of those people into the middle class.”

Live Oak County Republican Party Chair Vance Smith was unavailable to comment before print deadline.

The following have filed to run for public office:

U.S. Senator

• Rep. — Steve Stockman, Linda Vega, Chris Mapp, Dwayne Stovall, John Cornyn, Ken Cope, Reid Reasor, Curt Cleaver

• Dem. — Michael “Fjet” Fjetland, David M. Alameel, Harry Kim, Kesha Rogers, Maxey Marie Scherr, Maxey Marie Scherr


• Rep. — SECEDE Kilgore, Greg Abbott, Lisa Fritsch, Miriam Martinez

• Dem. — Reynaldo “Ray” Madrigal, Wendy R. Davis

Lt. Governor

• Rep. — Todd Staples, Dan Patrick, David Dewhurst, Jerry Patterson

• Dem. — Leticia Van de Putte

Attorney General

• Rep. — Barry Smitherman, Dan Branch, Ken Paxton.

• Dem. — Sam Houston

The following have filed for election in 2014 in Live Oak County:

County Judge Jim Huff (DEM)

District Clerk Melanie Matkin (REP)

County Clerk Karen Irving (REP)

County Treasurer Nancy J. Coquat (DEM)

County Surveyor Glenn Mills (DEM)

County Commissioner Precinct 2 Donna Kopplin Mills (DEM)

County Commissioner Precinct 4 Emilio Garza (DEM)

Justice of the Peace Jim E. Lane (DEM)

Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Elizabeth Ellis (REP)

Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Virginia Lopez Tanguma (DEM)

Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 Endercio Chapa Jr. (DEM)

County Party Chair Tracey Angell Retzloff (DEM)

Tracey Angell Retzloff has been named as the Live Oak County Democratic Chair as Glynis Holm Strause resigned. Ms. Retzloff will be on the ballot in 2014.

The following have filed for election in 2014 in McMullen County.

District Judge, 36th District, Starr Bauer (REP)

County Judge James E. “Jim” Teal (REP)

County Commissioner Precinct 2 Murray Swaim (REP)

Justie of the Peace Debora L. Garza (REP)

Justice of the Peace Gary Stanley (REP)

County/District Clerk Mattie Swaim Sadovsky (REP)

The following propositions will also be on the ballot in March:

Live Oak County Democratic party referenda:

Immigration Reform

The United States Congress must pass immigration reform, including an earned path to citizenship for those individuals contributing to the economy and the dependents of those individuals.

A Living Wage for all Texans

Congress should pass legislation raising the federal minimum wage to at least 110% of the federal poverty level for a family of four without exception.

Medicaid Expansion

The governor and the Texas Legislature should accept federal funds; as provided in the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act of 2010; for the expansion of Medicaid to provide coverage to millions of uninsured and underinsured Texans.

On Non-Discrimination Legislation

The Congress and the Texas Legislature should adopt legislation that expands protections against discriminations in employment; housing; and public accommodations based upon sexual orientation and gender identity.

Live Oak County Republican party referenda:

Religious Freedom

Texans should be free to express their religious beliefs, including prayer, in public places.

Second Amendment

Texas should support Second Amendment liberties by expanding locations where concealed handgun license-holders may legally carry.

Franchise Tax

Texas should abolish the state franchise tax, also known as the margins tax, to encourage business growth.

Welfare Reform

Texas recipients of taxpayer-funded public assistance should be subject to random drug testing as a condition of receiving benefits.

No Lawmaker Exceptions

All elected officials and their staff should be subject to the same laws, rules, regulations and ordinances as their constituents.


The Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” should be repealed.

Early voting will be from Tuesday, Feb. 18, to Friday, Feb 28, 2014. Election day will be Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

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