orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

July 31, 2012

Runoff elections to be resolved Tuesday

Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — The final leg of the November general election will be put in place following the conclusion of Tuesday’s Primary runoff election.

Voting in the primary run-offs is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 31. Registered voters who voted in the May Primary election may vote only in the same party’s run-off election. However, for those who did not vote in the May Primary, voters may vote in either party’s run-off election.

Early voting in the Democratic and Republican primary run-off elections concluded Friday in Orange County. A total of 2,265 ballots were submitted in the Republican runoff election during early voting from July 23 through July 27. That is more than five times the number of voters who submitted ballots, 423, in the Democratic runoff election.

“We’ve been very pleased and surprised with the early voting turnout,” said Trudy Pellerin, Orange County Republican Party chairperson. “We didn’t expect 25 percent of the voters from the May Primary election to show up, but we’ve already surpassed that just in early voting. These are important races and it’s good to know people are voicing their opinions.”

The race many voters in Orange County are watching is for the newly created District 36 seat for United States Representative, which features a runoff between Stephen Takach and Steve Stockman.

“The seat for congressional district 36 is a very important race,” Pellerin explained. “It’s a brand new seat and will give us a brand new congressman for our area. We need a congressman who is going to be very visible in Orange County and receptive to our needs, much like Congressman Kevin Brady has been for us. Mr. Takach has been a very visible candidate, who has visited with groups in Orange County several times during this election. That’s important to Orange County.”

Other races include David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz, who are battling it out for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senator, while Warren Chisum and Christi Craddick face off for Railroad Commissioner. Greg Parker and Barry Smitherman are facing one another for an unexpired term for Railroad Commissioner. In the race for Supreme Court Justice, Place, 4, John Devine is being contested by David Medina.

The only runoff race in the Democratic Party is for United States Senator as Paul Sadler faces Grady Yarbrough.