SEGUIN — Candidate filing ended at 6 p.m. Friday for the May 29 primary election in which Republicans and Democrats will choose their nominees for the November general election.

The filing period was reopened in an order from the three-member panel of federal judges in San Antonio hearing lawsuits challenging the redistricting maps adopted last year by the Texas Legislature.

The judges also ordered election officials to use interim maps for congressional and legislative districts and to conduct the primary election on May 29 and the primary runoff election on July 31.

One of the candidates who filed on the final day of the reopened period was Guadalupe County Attorney Elizabeth Murray-Kolb who is seeking the Republican nomination to fill an unexpired term on the Texas Railroad Commission.

Murray-Kolb faces three other candidates in the race: Al Lee of Dallas, Greg Parker of New Braunfels and Barry Smitherman of Austin.

Among other candidates who filed on the final day are Rebecca Cervera of McAllen and Jim Kuiken of Weslaco who both are seeking the Republican nomination from the 15th Congressional District.

The federal court’s interim map of congressional districts places almost all of Guadalupe County in District 15 except for a small area on the western edge of the county which is in District 35.

Cervera and Kuiken join two other candidates in the GOP race — Dale A. Brueggemann of Seguin and Eddie Zamora of Edinburg who has been the Republican nominee in several previous unsuccessful bids for the District 15 seat in Congress.

The incumbent, U.S. Rep. Ruben Hinojosa of Mercedes, faces four challengers in the Democratic primary: David Cantu of Linn, Jane “Juanita Cruz” Cross of Edinburg, Ruben Ramon of Edinburg and Johnny “JP” Partain of McAllen.

Guadalupe County currently is represented in Congress by U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar of Laredo, but Cuellar’s redrawn District 28 does not include this county. Cuellar is unopposed in the Democratic primary, but he has drawn a challenger, William R. Hayward of San Marcos, who is running for the Republican nomination for the District 28 seat.

District 35, which includes a small portion of Guadalupe County, is one of the new congressional districts created because the 2010 Census showed Texas is entitled to four more seats in Congress.

Although the new district has no incumbent, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Austin, who currently represents District 25, is seeking re-election from District 35. He has drawn two Democratic opponents, Sylvia Romo and Maria Luisa Alvarado, both of San Antonio, and three challengers running for the GOP nomination for District 35 — Susan Narvaiz of San Marcos, Rob Roark of San Marcos and John Yoggerst of San Antonio.

Three candidates are vying to succeed 25th District Judge Dwight Peschel who announced last year that he did not plan to seek re-election. All three candidates for the Republican nomination are Seguin attorneys: Stephen D. Finch, Kevin Kolb and William D. “Bill” Old III.

Second 25th District Judge W.C. “Bud” Kirkendall has no opponent from either party in his bid for re-election.

District Attorney Heather McMinn is seeking re-election to a second term, and she is being challenged in the GOP primary by local attorney Patricia Finch.

Two candidates are vying to succeed Murray-Kolb as county attorney — Robert Etlinger and David Willborn. Etliner currently serves as first assistant county attorney, and Willborn formerly was an assistant district attorney.

Precinct 1 County Commissioner Roger Baenziger has two opponents in his race for re-election — Greg Seidenberger and Robin Walker.

Precinct 3 County Commissioner Jim Wolverton has no opposition for re-election. Other unopposed officeholders include Sheriff Arnold Zwicke and Tax Assessor-Collector Tavie Murphy.

Four constable positions are on this year’s ballot, and there are multiple candidates for all four.

Precinct 1 incumbent Bobby Jahns faces Earl Piatt in the Republican primary, and Precinct 2 incumbent Steven Garcia, who has no opponent in the Democratic primary, will face the winner of the GOP primary race between Jimmy Harless and Curle Price.

Precinct 3 incumbent Travis Payne will take on three opponents in the Republican primary: Michael Skrobarcek, Marvin Thomas and Ray York. In November, the Republican nominee for Precinct 3 constable will face Democrat Bobby Jones who is unopposed in his primary race.

Precinct 4 incumbent Gene Mayes is being challenged in the GOP primary by Patrick Reynolds.

State Rep. John Kuempel has no opponent from either party in his campaign for re-election to a second term in the Texas House.

State Sen. Jeff Wentworth of San Antonio faces two Republicans, Donna Campbell of New Braunfels and Elizabeth Ames Jones of San Antonio, and the Republican nominee will take on Democrat John Courage of San Antonio in the November general election.

Wentworth’s District 25 includes most of northwestern Guadalupe County, but the remainder of the county falls into Senate District 21 represented by Judith Zaffirini of Laredo. Zaffirini has no opponent in the Democratic primary, and Republican Grant Rostig of Lockhart is unopposed in his campaign for the party’s nomination for the District 21 Senate seat.

Early voting for the May 29 primaries will be conducted from May 14 through May 25.

(5) comments

bbetzen

We must not jump into the next election and forget that this new Texas Congressional map is an insult to democracy!

The new Texas Congressional map from PlanC235 takes a state with a 45% Anglo non-Hispanic population and gerrymanders the 36 districts such that 66% of them are majority Anglo. This is achieved without an election! When an election happens, and at the voting booth they eliminate those unable or unwilling to vote (that is what voting booths are for, not redistricting) it will push the Anglo majority numbers even higher, as normally happens in an election.

How is the redistricting part of this equation done? Two reports were finished this week to illustrate. They can be downloaded from http://dallasredistricting2011.blogspot.com/2012/03/gerrymandered-texas-congressional-map.html The first report is a scatter graph that shows several exceptionally incriminating patterns that could never have happened by accident. It is obvious that this map was planned to produce the prejudicial outcome. The second report follows patterns with both the Anglo percentages and the Minority percentages. Again, these maps are no accident!

This gerrymandered redistricting must be stopped in 2022, if this map cannot be eliminated before then!

A more transparent redistricting process is mandatory! We must have more active and functional citizen involvement. It is obvious the Legislature ignored the repeated citizen testimony at the many redistricting hearings urging an end to gerrymandering. Citizens repeatedly asked for an end to the cutting up of their counties, cities and/or neighborhoods! They were ignored!

The next redistricting process must be available online so that every citizen can draw their own maps and understand the immense power available with redistricting. Then more of the public will understand what has been happening behind closed doors. With the resulting anger, politicians will not dare repeat what they did with PlanC235 that is now apparently going to be the map used for the next 10 years.

BBQ Man

Yawn!

shortstick

To the winners goes the spoils. For so long in Texas the democrates ran the show and drew the maps the best way to stay in power. Now the republicans control things and the losers can't handle it. It's simple when enough people get tired of the way things are being run they will vote the party in control out. That's how the republicans got control, not by getting democrats to redraw the lines for votes.

I think, by the way, that if the democrates had not made such a mess of things the federal government wouldn't be in the thick of things now telling us how to run our elections.

Who says that all these "minorities" are going to vote democrat? Maybe they are waking up to the fact the the democrat party is all talk and no action.

PeggyH

What ever happened to voting for the candidate and not the political party? Call me an independent voter but I prefer to elect the best qualified regardless of which side of the ballot their name appears. You can get some real winners but run the risk of getting a real stink-o who's riding on the coat tails of a political party. Voting a straight ticket can come back and bit you in the rear. Primaries are designed to eliminate multiple candidates for one office and the winner is on the official ballot in November. Choose wisely.

JohnnyPartainforCongress

I'm Johnny Partain, Democratic candidate for US Representative. Seguin is now in District 15 and has a much less diluted vote on whom may represent us. That is good for Seguin, regardless of who eventually receive the votes. I was in Seguin last Sunday with the protesters expressing their distaste of drug use and law breaking by the most recently arrested elected official, Judge Mike Wiggins. I am not anti-Wiggins, but I am a fearless and experienced government corruption fighter and I expect that Judge Wiggins will be treated like any other drug offender. I am the only candidate that explicitly fights government crooks and corruption, and I am passionate about it. We have an interest to share. I am creating new precedent which will allow any of us to challenge and pierce the immunity which allows crooked government official to exist. Visit me at johnnypartain.com. Thanks.[smile]

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