Kruntorad draws ballot positions for March 4, 2014 GOP primary

Lamar County Republican Party chairman John Kruntorad drew ballot positions on  Tuesday morning for five contested local elections and 16 contested state positions on the March 4, 2014, party primary.

John Rupella (left), a GOP precinct chairman, assists county Republican chairman John Kruntorad (right) in the drawing of ballot positions for the March 4, 2014 Republican primary. In the background are Precinct 5, Place 2 Justice of the Peace Gene Hobbs and Precinct 5 Constable Jimmy Hodges. (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)

John Rupella (left), a GOP precinct chairman, assists county Republican chairman John Kruntorad (right) in the drawing of ballot positions for the March 4, 2014 Republican primary. In the background are Precinct 5, Place 2 Justice of the Peace Gene Hobbs and Precinct 5 Constable Jimmy Hodges. (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)

For each contested position, Kruntorad shuffled playing cards and dropped them into a hat from which John Rupella, a GOP precinct chairman, drew to determine the ballot position for each candidate.

He only needed three playing cards — the Ace, 2 and 3 — for Precinct 5 constable; Precinct 2 county commissioner; and Precinct 5, Place 2 justice of the peace. He put the Ace and the 2 into the hat for the drawing for Precinct 4 county commissioner and district clerk.

He needed 8 playing cards — the Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 — for the crowded U.S. Senate race, in which incumbent Sen. John Cornyn has seven opponents. He needed six cards for the race for congressman from District 4, where incumbent Rep. Ralph Hall has five GOP opponents.

 

Here’s the order in which names will appear for each race, as the result of Tuesday’s ballot drawing for the March Republican primary:

LOCAL BALLOT POSITIONS:

CONSTABLE, PRECINCT 5:

  1. Gerry Don Hines
  2. Jimmy Hodges
  3. Jimmy Don Clark

COUNTY COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT 2:

  1. Larry W. Davis
  2. David Niblett
  3. James Dunn

COUNTY COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT 4:

  1. Billy Joe (B.J.) McCoy
  2. Keith Mitchell

DISTRICT CLERK:

  1. Susan Flanary-Turner
  2. Shawntel Golden

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 5, PLACE 2:

  1. Gene C. Hobbs Jr.
  2. Jesse James Freelen
  3. Curtis Garrett

COUNTY COURT-AT-LAW:

  1. Bill Harris

COUNTY JUDGE:

  1. Mike Malone

COUNTY TREASURER:

  1. Melanie Clifford

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 1:

  1. Don Denison

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 2:

  1. Crystal N. Duke

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 3:

  1. Tim Risinger

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 4:

  1. Ken Ruthart

STATE BALLOT POSITIONS:

U.S. SENATE:

  1. Curt Cleaver
  2. John Cornyn
  3. Dwayne Stovall
  4. Reid Reasor
  5. Ken Cope
  6. Linda Vega
  7. Steve Stockman
  8. Chris Mapp

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 4:

  1. John Ratcliffe
  2. Ralph M. Hall
  3. John Stacy
  4. Tony Arterburn
  5. Lou Gigliotti
  6. Brent Lawson

GOVERNOR:

  1. Greg Abbott
  2. Miriam Martinez
  3. Lisa Fritsch
  4. Larry Kilgore

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR:

  1. Jerry Patterson
  2. David Dewhurst
  3. Dan Patrick
  4. Todd Staples

ATTORNEY GENERAL:

  1. Dan Branch
  2. Barry Smitherman
  3. Ken Paxton

STATE COMPTROLLER:

  1. Debra Medina
  2. Glenn Hegar
  3. Raul Torres
  4. Harvey Hildebran

LAND COMMISSIONER:

  1. George P. Bush
  2. David Watts

AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER:

  1. Sid Miller
  2. Tommy Merritt
  3. J. Allen Carnes
  4. Eric Opiela
  5. Joe Cotten

RAILROAD COMMISSIONER:

  1. Ryan Sitton
  2. Wayne Christian
  3. Malachi Boyuls
  4. Becky Berger

CHIEF JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT:

  1. Nathan Hecht
  2. Robert Talton

JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT, PLACE 6:

  1. Joe Pool
  2. Jeff Brown

JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT, PLACE 7:

  1. Jeff Boyd

JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT, PLACE 8:

  1. Sharon McCally
  2. Phil Johnson

JUSTICE, COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS, PLACE 3:

  1. Barbara Walther
  2. Bert Richardson

JUSTICE, COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS, PLACE 4:

  1. Richard Dean Davis
  2. Kevin Patrick Yeary
  3. Jani Jo Wood

JUSTICE, COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS, PLACE 9:

  1. David Newell
  2. W.C. “Bud” Kirkendall

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 1:

  1. Gary VanDeaver
  2. George Lavender

JUSTICE, SIXTH COURT OF APPEALS, PLACE 3:

  1. Ralph K. Burgess

2014 REPUBLICAN GENERAL PRIMARY BALLOT PROPOSITIONS:

The State Republican Executive Committee has submitted the following propositions for inclusion on the 2014 Republican General Primary Election ballot (calling for a yes or no vote on each):

1. Texans should be free to express their religious beliefs, including prayer, in public places.

2. Texas should support Second Amendment liberties by expanding locations where concealed handgun license holders may legally carry.

3. Texans should abolish the state franchise tax, also known  as the margins tax, to encourage business growth.

4. Texas recipients of taxpayer funded public assistance should be subject to random drug testing as a condition of receiving benefits.

5. All elected officials and their staff should be subject to the same laws, rules, regulations and ordinances as their constituents.

6. The Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” should be repealed.

(Passed by the State Republican Executive Committee on Dec. 7, 2013)

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

 

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