Athens Review, Athens, Texas

March 6, 2014

Runoff elections set for May

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The campaign trail got a little longer for candidates whose tightly-contested Primary elections ended in runoffs.

Henderson County voters in both parties will head back to the polls on May 27. Local Republican runoffs include County Commissioner Precinct 4, with Kelly Harris and incumbent Ken Geeslin.

Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace will also be decided in a runoff where Incumbent Dale Blaylock will face Kevin Pollock.

The Texas House Race in the 10th District, which includes Ellis County and a slice of western Henderson County, places T.J. Fabby and John Wray, survivors in a 4-candidate field, in a runoff. Wray, mayor of Waxahachie said he campaigned on Christian values and faith.

“I strongly believe in tithing and giving of myself to the One who deserves it above all,” said Wray. “Seeking this leadership role is an opportunity to give back to the community that gave so much to me.”

Democrats will be deciding who’ll represent them in the Texas Agriculture Commissioner’s general election in November. Kinky Friedman, a 2-time candidate for state office, is  headed to a runoff against Cleburn rancher Jim Hogan.

Republicans have plenty to decide on the state level. Dan Patrick finished ahead of incumbent David Dewhurst for Lieutenant Governor to set up a runoff in that 4-person race. Attorney General candidates Ken Paxton and Dan Branch survived the March 4 vote for a May showdown to see who will face Democrat Sam Houston in November.

In the Republican race for agriculture commissioner,  Sid Miller of Stephenville meets an East Texan, Tommy Merritt of Kilgore, in a second round of voting. The comptroller election was narrowed down to Glenn Hegar, who was just under 50 percent of the vote on Wednesday afternoon. If the final total calls for a runoff, the opponent will be Harvey Hilderbran.  The winner meets Democrat Michael Collier in the fall.

Railroad Commissioner candidates Ryan Sitton and Wayne Christian will battle for the Republican spot in the general election. The Democrat opponent will be Steve Brown.

“If you voted in a party primary or participated in a convention, you can only vote in that same party’s runoff,” Secretary of State Nandita Berry said. “If you did not vote in the March 4 Primary, you may still vote, and can vote in the runoff election for either party.”

Early voting in the runoff begins Monday, May 19, and concludes Friday, May 23. If you are not registered, you have until April 28 to do so.