Leonard Surratt is the only Democrat running for the Texas House of Representatives district 20 nomination.
However, moments before yesterday’s filing deadline for candidates in the 2008 Democratic Primary, Liberty Hill resident Jim Dillon paid the $1,000 filing fee and registered as a candidate in Texas House district 20. He listed “Freedom Fighter” as his occupation.
The only problem is that Dillon is a Republican, whose political leanings are well known in the Liberty Hill community where he lives. Furthermore, Dillon voted in the Republican primary in March 2006. Williamson county voting records clearly show that he registered on April 13, 2005 and voted in the March 2006 Republican primary.
Curiously, Dillon apparently lived in Williamson county for more than five years before bothering to register to vote. Since registering, there has only been one opportunity to vote in a party primary election, and Dillon chose to participate in the Republican primary.
EOW will inquire with party officials who can confirm whether Dillon will be disqualified from the ballot as a result and provide an update.
Update: Party rules require candidates to vote in the party’s primary in the same election year. Therefore, if Mr. Dillon votes in the March 4 Democratic Primary and wins the nomination for SR20, he would be our nominee.