Candidates take to their corners
by Jason Collins
Dec 03, 2013 | 308 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE – ’Tis the season for turkey, dressing and candidates preparing for elections.

A slew of hopefuls have already put their names down for the March 2014 primaries.

Candidates during this election hope to get their party nominations for next November’s election.

First up are the Republicans who have signed their names to run for a variety of local positions.

These are just the names available early this week.

So far, County Judge David Silva is the only candidate officially running for that position; however, word is more people will file before filing closes Dec. 9.

This will be the third time the incumbent will have his name on the ballot.

“I feel like right now the county is headed in the right direction,” he said. “We have a low tax rate.

“We have reserves.

“We have money in the hospital fund.

“We have been able to give two consecutive raises, which is something we have not been doing.”

Silva does remind that, while the county has enjoyed an influx of money from sales tax and Eagle Ford Shale drilling, this is beginning to decline.

“The Eagle Ford activity is waning,” he said. “We are going to have to watch our budget and spending.”

How much to spend and where can be a point of contention among commissioners on any county’s court.

However, Silva said the group leading Bee County has been able to work together for the betterment of the area.

“We have had our differences,” he said. “Overall, the court has worked together.

“My philosophy is, if you bring a cohesiveness to the court, each individual will find his place.

“To me it is about bringing the various agendas together and moving in the same direction.

“If you can do that, you are doing a good job.

“You don’t have to look very far to find where courts are fighting.”

Silva isn’t the only locally elected official on the ballot.

Just to his right, Commissioner Dennis DeWitt is also seeking a second term in office.

He too has garnered an opponent.

Rudy Garcia announced Wednesday that he will be running again for that position. He ran last time for the position as a write-in candidate.

At the other end of the court’s table is Ken Haggard, whose name isn’t among those as having officially filed, but an opponent, Ronnie Olivares, is listed.

Olivares and Haggard have a history.

These two faced each other during the last election. Haggard won, unseating Olivares who was the incumbent.

The Democrats, too, have been heading to their party chairwoman to get their names on the ballot.

Vicente G. Barrera, who works for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, has filed to run for justice of the peace in Precinct 1.

Julissa DeLeon James has filed to run for Precinct 2 judge.

David Gutierrez, an employee of TDCJ, has filed to run as justice of the peace for Precinct 3.

Incumbent Joe Lyvers has filed for re-election to his position as judge in Precinct 4.

There are a few statewide races that many people will be watching also.

Republican J.M. Lozano has filed for re-election as District 43 state representative. Democrat Kim Gonzalez also has filed for that position.

In the race for U.S. senator, three Republicans have filed but only one Democrat.

On the Republican ticket is incumbent John Cornyn and challengers Dwayne Stovall, Reid Reasor and Chris Mapp.

On the Democratic ticket so far are Michael “Fjet” Fjetland and Maxey Marie Scherr.

The race for governor has also drawn some attention with four Republicans and two Democrats seeking their party’s nomination.

On the Republican side are SECEDE Kilgore, Miriam Martinez, Lisa Fritsch and Greg Abbott. On the Democratic side are Reynaldo “Ray” Madrigal and Wendy R. Davis.

Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at

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