No runoff will be needed in the gubernatorial race as Gov. Rick Perry, a 10-year incumbent, won by playing the outsider vs. so-called “Washington big-spender” U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and political newcomer Debra Medina, a Beeville native and favorite of many Tea Party supporters.
We wish Medina well and will watch with great interest where she will appear next on the GOP ballot.
The sitting governor will face former Houston Mayor Bill White, who earned favorable marks for his leadership after Hurricane Rita. White easily won the Democratic nomination with 77 percent of the vote.
Locally, a Republican runoff will be required in the Bee County Precinct 2 commissioner’s race, in which incumbent Commissioner Susan Stasny only outpolled Dennis DeWitt, 299 votes to 290. Former Mayor Kenneth Chesshir pulled 197 votes. So, obviously, the winner will be the one who picks up the majority of Chesshir’s supporters in the April runoff.
On the Democratic side, incumbent Precinct 4 Commissioner Ronnie Olivares defeated challenger Porfirio Longoria, 255 votes to 146. Olivares will face GOP nominee Ken Haggard, who drew 240 votes, in the November general election.
Other interesting contested races in the fall will feature those for county judge, district clerk, state representative, District 35, U.S. representative, District 15, and district judge, 36th Judicial District.
With the anti-incumbent fever rising with every move from Washington, it will be quite interesting to see how this plays out in the fall.
Congratulations to the winners, and may they never lose sight of the people they represent. Those who are self-serving will do so to their detriment, hopefully not be long in office and leave with minimal damage to this great state and nation.