Yet the need to elect sensible people who are serious about making difficult decisions to cut wasteful spending, balance budgets and reduce deficits – both at the federal and state level – is paramount.
Early voting began Monday in the primary runoff elections and continues at the courthouse through Friday. The election is scheduled for Tuesday, July 31.
For U.S. senator, Republicans should elect David Dewhurst, the state’s lieutenant governor, who has the endorsement of Gov. Rick Perry and state GOP leaders. Dewhurst has balanced budgets at the state level and would carry on the tradition and voting record of Kay Bailey Hutchison. However, Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts may well have given Ted Cruz the push he needed with his ruling on Obamacare. Many voters will likely respond by gravitating to the more conservative Cruz.
On the Democratic ticket, Paul Sadler, an accomplished longtime legislator, has been praised statewide for his six terms of service in the Texas House and distinguishing himself as an effective leader who worked across party lines.
For U.S. representative, District 34, Republican voters should support Adela Garza, a conservative businesswoman/leader from the Valley. Elected to school and college boards of trustees and active in her home of Cameron County, Garza has been endorsed by U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold and has the funds and backing of the Texas GOP.
On the Democratic ticket, Filemon Vela has been active in law, public service and politics for more than 20 years. His family has a long history of public service, and he has been endorsed by many area Democratic leaders.
For Railroad commissioner, Republican Warren Chisum understands energy issues. He is a small businessman and energy producer from Pampa, and has served in the state House since 1989.
For Railroad commissioner, unexpired term, Republican Barry Smitherman was appointed to the Railroad Commission in July 2011. A conservative, he has a background in budgets, free markets and the energy industry.
For Justice, Supreme Court, Place 4, Republican David Medina, a former Harris County state district judge, was appointed by Gov. Perry and has the support of state GOP elected officials.
For State representative, District 43, we believe either candidate in the Republican runoff would do a first-rate job. J.M. Lozano of Kingsville, the incumbent who switched parties angering the Democrats, has the backing of most GOP leaders and would have an advantage for this region as he serves on the House Energy Resources and Agriculture & Livestock Committees. However, Bill T. Wilson II of Portland, an architect and well-known longtime Republican, appears to be the more conservative of the two and has the support of San Patricio County voters, the largest bloc in the four-county region.
Remember, anyone who voted in either primary must vote in the same party’s runoff election; he or she cannot switch. Also, if an eligible voter did not cast a ballot during May’s primary, he or she may still vote in either party’s runoff.
– Chip and Jeff Latcham