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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.
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:
COUNTY COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT 2:
COUNTY COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT 4:
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 5, PLACE 2:
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 1:
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 2:
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 3:
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 4:
STATE BALLOT POSITIONS:
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 4:
CHIEF JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT:
JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT, PLACE 6:
JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT, PLACE 7:
JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT, PLACE 8:
JUSTICE, COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS, PLACE 3:
JUSTICE, COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS, PLACE 4:
JUSTICE, COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS, PLACE 9:
STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 1:
JUSTICE, SIXTH COURT OF APPEALS, PLACE 3:
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