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Early voting begins in primary election

May 14, 2012

The time to begin voting in the primary election has finally arrived!
Early voting in the primary election begins May 14 and will run through May 25. Voting hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Designated early voting places are as follows:
*Hutchinson County Annex Building, 500 Main, Stinnett
*Hutchinson County Annex, 1400 Veta, Borger
*Fritch Library Community Room, 205 North Cornell, Fritch
The last day to apply for a ballot by mail (received, not postmarked) is May 22, 2012.
There are a variety of federal, state, and county offices on the Republican ballots, including some state referendums.
Federal Offices:
PRESIDENT – Mitt Romney, John Davis, Charles “Buddy”Roerner, Michelle Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Jon Huntsmann, Ron Paul. There is also an “Uncommitted” option.
UNITED STATES SENATOR- Lela Pittenger, Ben Gambini, Tom Leppert, David Dewhurst, Ted Cruz, Craig James, Glenn Addison, Curt Cleaver, Joe Agris
UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 13 – Pamela Lee Barlow, Mac Thornberry
State Offices:
RAILROAD COMMISSIONER – Becky Berger, Beryl Burgess, Roland Sledge, Christi Craddock, Joe Cotton, Warren Chisum
RAILROAD COMMISSIONER, UNEXPIRED TERM – Greg Parker, Berry Smitherman, Al Lee, Elizabeth Murray-Kolb
JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT, PLACE 2 – Steve Smith, Don Willett
JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT, PLACE 4 – Joe Pool, Jr., John Devine, David Medina
JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT, PLACE 6 – Nathan Hecht
PRESIDING JUDGE, COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS – Sharon Keller
JUDGE, COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS, PLACE 7 – Barbara Parker Hervey
JUDGE, COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS, PLACE 8 – Elsa Alcala
MEMBER, STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, DISTRICT 15 – Anette Carlisle, Marty Rowley
STATE SENATOR, DISTRICT 31 – Kel Seliger, Randy Rives
STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 87 – Four Price
JUSTICE, 7TH COURT OF APPEALS DISTRICT, PLACE 2 – Mackey K. Hancock
JUSTICE, 7TH COURT OF APPEALS DISTRICT, PLACE 3 – Pat Pirtle
DISTRICT JUDGE, 84TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT – William D. “Bill” Smith
DISTRICT ATTORNEY, 84TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT – Mark W. Snider
County Offices:
COUNTY ATTORNEY – Michael D. Milner
COUNTY TAX ASSESSOR-COLLECTOR – Carrie Kimmell
SHERIFF – Michael Lon “Mickey” Blackmon, Don Johnson, James Qualls
COUNTY COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT 1 – Larry Coffman
CONSTABLE, PRECINCT 2 – Ron Cromer
COUNTY CHAIRMAN – Mary Kay Phelan
Party Referendums: (Vote Yes or No)
SCHOOL CHOICE: The state should fund education by allowing dollars to follow the child instead of the bureaucracy, through a program which allows parents the freedom to choose their child’s school, public or private, while also saving significant taxpayer dollars.
REPEALING OBAMACARE: Congress should immediately repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as Obamacare) and reject the rationing of healthcare by government or the intrusion by government into the doctor-patient relationship.
PUBLIC PRAYER: Government should be prohibited from restricting the content of public prayer.
BALANCED BUDGET/CONTROLLING GOVERNMENT GROWTH: Out of control spending should be stopped at all levels of federal and state government through constitutional amendments limiting any increase in government spending to the combined increase of population and inflation, requiring voting approval.
REDISTRICTING: The Texas Legislature should redraw the court-imposed lines for Congress and State legislative districts in its upcoming session in order to remedy inequities.
Democratic voters in the county will have federal and state races on the ballot, along with some party referendums.
Federal Offices:
PRESIDENT – Barack Obama, Bob Ely, John Wolfe, Darcy G. Richardson
UNITED STATES SENATOR – Paul Sadler, Addie Dainell Allen, Sean Hubbard, Grady Yarbrough
State Offices:
RAILROAD COMMISSIONER–Dale Henry
JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT, PLACE 6 – Michele Petty
PRESIDING JUDGE, COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS – Keith Hampton
MEMBER, STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, DISTRICT 15 – Steve D. Schafersman
STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 87- Abel Bosquez
County Offices:
COUNTY CHAIRMAN – John Curnutt
Party Referendums: (Vote for or against)
PROPOSITION 1 – Any graduate of a Texas high school, who has lived in the state for at least three years and lived here continuously over 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.
PROPOSITION 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.
PROPOSITION 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?
For more information on the primary election, call the county clerk’s office at 878-4002.

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