The 2014 Primary Election in Texas

Unlike 2012, the date for the 2014 Primary isn’t changing – it’s March 4. Early voting is February 18 – 24, 2014.

Here’s a look at who’s on the ballot.

* Indicates incumbent

U.S. Senate (Texas)

U.S. House of Representatives (District 17)

Texas Senate (District 5)

Texas House of Representatives (District 14)

Texas Governor

NOTE: Governor Rick “Good Hair” Perry is not running for a 4th term.

Texas Lieutenant Governor

Texas Attorney General

NOTE: Greg Abbott is vacating the position to run for Governor.

Texas Supreme Court

Chief Justice

Place 6

NOTE: Jeff Brown’s term doesn’t end until December 31, 2016, but he must run in 2014 to keep his position.

Place 7

Place 8

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

Place 3

Place 4

  • Jani Jo Wood (R)
  • Kevin Patrick Yeary (R)
  • Richard Dean Davis (R)

Place 9

  • David Newell (R)
  • W.C. “Bud” Kirkendall (R)

Texas Courts of Appeals (District 10)

Place 2

  • Rex Davis (R)*

Comptroller of Public Accounts

  • Debra Medina (R)
  • Glenn Hegar (R)
  • Harvey Hilderbran (R)
  • Raul Torres (R)
  • Mike Collier (D)

NOTE: Could not confirm if Susan Combs is stepping down.

Commissioner of the General Land Office

  • David Watts (R)
  • George P. Bush (R)
  • John Cook (D)

NOTE: Jerry Patterson is stepping down to run for Lieutenant Governor.

Commissioner of Agriculture

  • Eric Opiela (R)
  • J. Allen Carnes (R)
  • Joe Cotten (R)
  • Sid Miller (R)
  • Tommy Merritt (R)
  • Hugh Asa Fitzsimons III (D)
  • Jim Hogan (D)
  • Richard “Kinky” Friedman (D)

NOTE: Todd Staples is stepping down to run for Lieutenant Governor.

Railroad Commissioner

  • Becky Berger (R)
  • Malachi Boyuls (R)
  • Ryan Sitton (R)
  • Wayne Christian (R)
  • Dale Henry (D)
  • Steve Brown (D)

NOTE: Berry Smitherman is stepping down to run for Texas Attorney General

Texas State Board of Education Member (District 8)

  • Barbara Cargill (R) – Next election Nov. 2016

District Courts – Brazos County

85th District Court Judge

  • Kyle Hawthorne (R)

NOTE: Judge J. D. Langley is stepping down.

272nd District Court Judge

  • Travis Bryan III – Next election ?

361st District Court Judge

  • Steve Smith (R)*
  • Margaret Meece (R)
  • Michele Esparza (R)

Justice of the Peace – Brazos County (Precinct 4)

  • Rose Jones – Next election ?
  • Louis Garcia Jr (R)
  • Tommy (Shannon) Duren (D)
  • Larry J. Johnson (D)
  • Christina S. Butler (D)
  • Darrell Booker (D)
  • Manuel “Manny” Aguilar (D)

District Attorney – Brazos County

  • Jarvis Parsons – Next election Nov. 2016

Sheriff – Brazos County

  • Chris Kirk – Next election Nov. 2016

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There was a runoff election held May 27 for a few contested spots.

Texas Lieutenant Governor

  • David Dewhurst (R)*
  • Dan Patrick (R)

U.S. Senate (Texas)

  • David Alameel (D)
  • Kesha Rogers (D)

NOTE: This race was controversial because the Democratic Party said Rogers wasn’t a Democrat, and she wasn’t on the ballot as of February 14.

Texas Attorney General

  • Ken Paxton (R)
  • Dan Branch (R)


The 2012 Election Results for Texas

You can refer to my earlier post about the 2012 Primary, but here are last night’s election results for Texas and Brazos County Texas. I couldn’t find results on proposed referenda.

U.S. President

U.S. Senate (Texas)

U.S. House of Representatives (District 17 Texas)

Texas Senate (District 5)

Texas House of Representatives (District 14)

District Attorney – Brazos County

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The 2012 Primary and Election in Texas

Primary and Election

Remember the old saying “Truth is stranger than fiction?” Why should this election-year be any different. In a strange twist of fate the congressional district maps were argued over and redrawn and fussed-with until we past our traditional Primary date in March. So, they set the new Primary date to May 29! Most of the other “winner takes all” (electorate) states had their primaries already so ours doesn’t mean much. That being said, I think there is still plenty to vote for.

U.S. President

2012 Candidates

* It’s 99% certain that Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee for President.

U.S. Senate (Texas)

* Hutchison is retiring at the end of this term. As of May 1, the biggest candidates to replace her are former Texas Solicitor General, Ted Cruz (R) or Lt. Governor David Dewhurst (R).

2012 Candidates

  • Ted Cruz (R)
  • David Dewhurst (R)
  • Grady Yarbrough (D)
  • Sean Hubbard (D)
  • Addie Dainell Allen (D)
  • Paul Sadler (D)

U.S. House of Representatives (District 17)

I find it interesting that Chet Edwards (D) lost to Flores in 2010 and now there is no Democrats opposing Flores, but there is one Republican from Austin opposing him – maybe.

2012 Candidates

Texas Senate (District 5)

2012 Candidates

* Ogden is retiring at the end of this term. He has already endorsed Dr. Schwertner, a current State Representative. Here is another race without a Democratic opponent. Maybe without an incumbent Bius has a chance.

Texas House of Representatives (District 14)

  • John Raney (R) Next Election: 2012

2012 Candidates

District Attorney – Brazos County

  • Bill Turner (D) Next Election: 2012*

2012 Candidates

* Turner is retiringat the end of his term. He said he will endorse Parsons. This will be the first time a Republican has presided over the DA office in 28 years.

Democratic Referenda

Ref. 1: Any graduate of a Texas high school, who has lived in the state for at least three years and lived here continuously for the last year, should be eligible for in-state tuition at state supported colleges and universities and given the opportunity to earn legal status through a higher education or military service.

Ref. 2: Because a college education is increasingly necessary for jobs that allow our citizens to achieve middle class lifestyles and become the entrepreneurs who create the jobs that our economy relies on, we call on the Texas Legislature to fund colleges and universities such that tuition and fees can be affordable to all Texans.

Ref. 3: Should the Texas Legislature allow the people of Texas to vote to legalize casino gambling with all funds generated being used only for education

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There will be a runoff on July 31 for the following offices:

U.S. Senate (Texas)

District Attorney – Brazos County

Bill Flores Holds Double Digit Lead Over Chet Edwards

A poll conducted by the Penn Schoen Berland firm for The Hill newspaper out of Washington shows Republican Bill Flores holds a 12-point lead over incumbent Democrat Chet Edwards in the race to represent the 17th District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives. Polls done for the publication show potentially huge gains for the Republican Party come next Tuesday’s election. Source: Poll: Flores Holds Double Digit Lead Over Edwards.

The two had a debate on October 25, that was published on Twitter by, a local news paper. They used the hashtag #tx17debate. Chet Edwards is on Twitter at @chetedwards. Bill Flores is on Twitter at @Flores4Congress.

With less than a week to go this doesn’t bode well for Edwards or other Democrats around the country. Even Democrats who voted for Obama might switch to elect Republican Representatives, thus putting the breaks on Obama’s run-away spending train. A lame-duck session – in his first term – has huge implications and looks really bad for President Obama, Democrats and the country. All the past 2 years have served to do is increase debt and taxes. The economy is in shambles, housing may not recovery, people can’t afford to get sick or injured, and there’s no light at the end of the tunnel.

2010 Midterm Election in Central Texas

The midterm election is drawing near – one week to go – and the field of candidates has changed since I wrote about them in February. There is a new website done by the Texas Secretary of State,, that gives “simplified” information on the who, what, when, where, and how for this election. In particular it gives a list of candidates.

Aside from the facts, there sure is a lot of mud-slinging ads on TV for this election. I’ll be glad when November 2 is past.

2010 Election Information for Central Texas

Since today, February 15, is the start of early voting in the Texas Primary, I thought I would list the candidates so I know who is running and who to vote for. The following is the most current information I could find as of January 30, 2010.

Texas Secretary of State website lists Important Dates for 2010 Elections in Texas:

  • Primary election day: March 2, 2010
  • Primary runoff day: April 13, 2010
  • May uniform election date: May 8, 2010
  • November uniform election date: November 2, 2010

The Secretary’s website also lists What is on the ballot.

U.S. Congress:

First, look at the congressional district map for Texas. I live in the 17th congressional district for the U. S. House of Representatives; south central Texas including Waco and Bryan.


Representatives (District 17):

Election Candidates:

Texas Legislature:

I live in the Senate’s 5th district and House’s 14th district.

Texas Senate (District 5):

Election Candidates:

Texas House (District 14):

Election Candidates:

Texas Governor:

Rick Perry (R) Next Election: 2010

Election Candidates:

Here is some interesting news. Texas Senator Steve Ogden (R-District 5) is Chair of the Senate Finance Committee. This position has an automatic seat on the Legislative Budget Board (LBB). The LBB decides, among other things, the State’s support to public universities. So, one of the people that lowered property taxes (temporarily) and raised cigarette taxes (permanently) in the name of education* will help decide how that money is spent. It’s good to be in Finance.

* From Steve Ogden’s website, I’m Proud of What We Accomplished in the Special Session: “Other tax changes included revising the calculation of sales tax on used cars and raising the cigarette tax by $1 per pack effective January 1, 2007.At the end of the day,this means state tax revenues will now fund about half of public education, up from approximately 38 percent today.”

It’s Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Election Time

Here are the 2008 candidates from this area of Texas.

Democrat Republican
President Barack Obama John McCain
U.S. Senate Rick Noriega John Cornyn
U.S. Congress, Dist 17 Chet Edwards Rob Curnock
Texas House of Representatives, Dist 17 Donnie Dippel Tim Kleinschmidt
Texas Railroad Commissioner Mark Thompson Michael Williams
Texas Supreme Court – Chief Justice Jim Jordan Wallace Jefferson
Texas Supreme Court – Place 7 Sam Houston Dale Wainwright
Texas Supreme Court – Place 8 Linda Yanez Phil Johnson
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals – Place 3 Susan Strawn Tom Price
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals – Place 4 J. R. Molina Paul Womack
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals- Place 9 none Cathy Cochran
Texas Court of Appeals, 10thDist Richard Ferguson Rex Davis
Brazos County DistrictAttorney Bill Turner Rick Davis