Republican voters in Texas have at least three more choices to make in the 2016 Republican Primary Runoff Election.
The last day to request a ballot by mail is May 13. Early voting will be held May 16-20. Election day will be Tuesday, May 24, 2016.
Only 3.5% of registered voters participated in the 2014 Lieutenant Governor race Republican primary runoff. That means your vote in this runoff will carry 10-20 times the weight it would carry in a general election. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be informed and have a significant impact.
The Court of Criminal Appeals
The Court of Criminal Appeals is the supreme court for criminal issues in the state of Texas. This court, among other things, literally decides life and death issues in death penalty appeals cases. Two of the three statewide runoff races are for positions on this crucial 9-person court.
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 2
Mary Lou Keel – Harris county District Court judge for the last 20 years. Former Assistant District Attorney.
Ray Wheless – Collin county District Court judge for the last 15 years. Air Force veteran. Former prosecutor. Former private practice experience. Long history of involvement in the Republican party.
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 5
“Scott” Walker – His real first name is Richard. He did not answer a single editorial board questionnaire or have a web site during the primary. Lost the lawsuit he filed to get out of credit card debt.
Brent Webster – Assistant District Attorney and General Counsel for the Williamson County District Attorney’s office. Actually campaigned for the job. Long history of involvement in the Republican party.
The Railroad Commission is the most powerful elected regulatory agency in the nation. It no longer has anything to do with railroads – it oversees the critical Texas oil and gas industry.
Texans elect three Railroad commissioners who operate independently of each other. There is an elected chairperson who has some administrative duties, but otherwise the three commissions have the same authority and responsibilities, and one of those positions is up for election this year.
Gary Gates – An apartment developer in the Houston area. Lost races for the Texas House of Representatives in 2002 and 2004. Lost the District 18 Texas Senate race in 2006, and lost a special election to Lois Kolkhorst in December 2014. No experience with/in oil & gas.
Wayne Christian – Served in the Texas House of Representatives between 1996 and 2012. Was involved in oil and gas regulatory and legal issues while serving on energy-related committees in the House. Former president of the Texas Conservative Coalition.
There are only 31 Texas State Senators, and there are 34 Texas members of the U.S. House of Representatives. So a Texas State Senator represents more Texans than their U.S. Congressman counterparts. It’s a big responsibility, with almost a million constituents per district.
In addition to the three statewide races above that apply to all Texas Republican voters, residents of Senate District 24 also have a runoff in their State Senate seat.
It’s a huge district, stretching from near San Antonio to Abilene.
Texas Senate, District 24
Dr. Dawn Buckingham – An eye doctor, trustee on the Lake Travis ISD School Board, vice chair of the State Board of Educator Certification, and the Lieutenant Governor’s appointee on the Sunset Commission.
Susan King – Served in the Texas House of Representatives from 2007 to 2015. Surgical nurse by training. Co-owner and co-director of Elm Place Ambulatory Surgical Center. Received fiscal responsibility grades ranging from F to C from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility.