A few thoughts on the 2012 Primary in Williamson County

Posted in 2012 Primary, District Attorney, Williamson County at 1:17 pm by wcnews

As in 2010 most of the action in the 2012 Primary in Williamson County will be on the Republican side.  The main reason is because on the Democratic side there are few contested races.  The main contested race on the Democratic side is the US Senate race.  [See the full Williamson County Democratic Primary ballot in the extended entry or click here].

On the GOP side the main event is the race for District Attorney.  Between incumbent John Bradley and challenger, and current County Attorney, Jana Duty.  Just Google their names together and you’ll find posts and articles galore.  The way that the race is playing out in the media is over Bradley’s handling of the Michael Morton case and Duty’s critique of his handling of it.  (Burka breaks down the race here).

But that is unlikely to be the issue that decides who will run against Democrat Ken Crain in November.  What will determine it is if enough voters in Williamson County, unhappy with the current DA, will show up to vote in the primary. Any Democratic candidate that’s run county wide, in the recent past, knows there is a huge hurdle to get over.  It’s called Sun City.  It’s an area of the county that turns out at at over 90% and votes overwhelmingly Republican.

Therefore to begin to evaluate whether or not Duty has a chance in this race we would need to know how Duty is doing getting votes in Sun City.  And after that is how is she doing in identifying her voters and making sure they’ll be to the polls on primary day.  If she can’t get close to breaking even in Sun City her task becomes much harder.  She will certainly get the anti-incumbent/anti-establishment vote, but that hasn’t been enough in the past to pull anyone through.  Whether Democrat in the general election or Republican in the primary.

Maybe this race will be different.  And that’s likely what everyone is waiting to see in this race, and possibly in the Precinct 1 County Commissioners race).   Are there enough Republicans in Williamson County tired of their current political leadership willing to vote for new leadership.  Many in Williamson County would like to see change, and this would be a start.   I won’t be surprised either way, but the challengers, as is almost always the case, are fighting a tough uphill battle.

There’s much more information about the primary and the upcoming Williamson County Democratic county convention, (which is April 21st, before the primary this year), at WilcoDemocrats.org.

Because of the numerous court proceedings involving the boundaries set by the Texas State Legislature for the Texas House Districts, Texas Senate Districts, and the U.S. House Districts in Texas, the Texas primary elections that are normally held in March have been rescheduled twice.

The current date set for the primary elections (May 29) makes it impossible for both parties to follow their normal procedures for holding their precinct and county conventions in time for delegates to be selected to represent the county at the parties’ state conventions, both of which will be held June 7-9, 2012.

The Democratic Party’s state convention will be held in Houston on June 7th, 8th and 9th. Delegates for the state convention will be selected at the county convention on April 21st.

Click extended entry to see the ballot for the Democratic Primary.

The ballot for Williamson County Democratic Party Primary Election which will be held on May 29, 2012, will include the following Democratic candidates and resolutions:

President and Vice-President
Barack Obama
Darcy G. Richardson
Bob Ely
John Wolfe

United States Senator
Paul Sadler
Grady Yarbrough
Sean Hubbard
Addie Dainell Allen

United States Representative, District 31
Stephen M. Wyman

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 10
Judy Jennings

State Representative, District 136
Matt Stillwell

District Attorney, District 26
Ken Crain

Justice, 3rd Court of Appeals District, Place 2
J. Andrew Hathcock

Justice, 3rd Court of Appeals District, Place 3
Diane Henson

Justice, 3rd Court of Appeals District, Place 8
Karen L. Watkins

Justice, 3rd Court of Appeals District, Place 6
Bryan Case

County Chair
Karen Kaye Carter

Ballot Resolution 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.

For or Against

Cualquier graduado de una escuela secundaria de Texas, que ha vivido en el estado por lo menos tres años y vivió aquí de forma continua durante el último año, debe ser elegible para la matrícula estatal en los colegios y las universidades públicas de Texas  y debe tener la oportunidad de obtener un estatus legal a través de una educación superior o servicio militar.
Apoya o En Contra

Ballot Resolution 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.”

For or Against

“Debido a que una educación universitaria es cada vez más necesaria para los trabajos que permitan a nuestros ciudadanos lograr estilos de vida de clase media y convertirse en los empresarios que generen los empleos en que se basa nuestra economía, hacemos un llamado a la Legislatura de Texas para financiar colegios y universidades de tal manera que la matrícula y las cuotas pueden estar al alcance de todos los tejanos.”

Apoya o En Contra

Ballot Resolution 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 or Against

¿Crees que la legislatura de Texas debe de permitir que los Tejanos voten para legalizar los casinos si las ganancias generadas para el estado son usadas únicamente para la educación pública?

Apoya o En Contra


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