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'Chronicle' Endorsements

Fri., May 16, 2014

Here are the Chronicle editorial board's endorsements for the May 27 party primary run-offs. There are only two races on the Democratic side, and we're between a rock and a hard place on one of those. We make no recommendations on the GOP side; when David Dewhurst starts looking good by comparison, it's time to punt. See more info at austinchronicle.com/election.

U.S. Senate: David Alameel

Taking out incumbent Repub­lic­an John Cornyn will be a tough challenge. While in the first round we felt that El Paso-based civil rights attorney Maxey Scherr had the better political skills, on the differing battleground of the primary we endorse Dallas-based dental tycoon and philanthropist David Alameel. While relatively politically inexperienced, he has the deep pockets to take on Cornyn. And he's far better than opponent Kesha Rogers, a Houston-based DINO (Democrat in Name Only), Lyndon LaRouche supporter whose constant comparisons of President Obama to Hitler are tasteless, demeaning to the electoral process, and just plain nuts.

Agriculture Commissioner: No Endorsement

Sad times for Democrats. Finally, they have two solid candidates – Sens. Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte – at the top of the ticket, but that's counterbalanced by raw incompetence in this race. On one side, huckster and self-publicist Kinky Friedman. On the other, insurance agent Jim Hog­an. Neither has any political skills or actual experience. Both seem to be in this race either as hobbyists, or for pure ego. There's an argument (see below) that Fried­man is a useful idiot, who will at least keep the discussion of pot legalization alive in the upcoming months. But the Dems need real candidates for this vital office, not one-note placard wavers. It's a wash, and one more Dem cycle in the wilderness. – News Staff

Agriculture Commissioner: Kinky Friedman

The fact of the matter is, a Republican (Sid Miller or Tommy Merritt) will be elected in the fall. Also running will be either Kinky or Jim Hogan, who's declining to campaign at all. If Kinky is nominated, he'll travel around the state for five months, talking about our failed pot prohibition policy, apparently his chosen issue, and because he's Kinky, it'll get press, and response. And if Hogan is nominated, there won't be a campaign at all. I don't have to be a big admirer of Kinky Friedman to prefer one outcome to the other. – Nick Barbaro

Joint Primary Run-Off Election

Early Voting: Mon.-Fri., May 19-23; Election Day: Tue., May 27

Early Voting: You may vote at any early voting location in the county in which you are registered. On election day, you may vote at any precinct polling place in Travis County.

Voter ID: Texas law now requires registered voters to show a current photo ID issued by either the Texas Dept. of Public Safety or U.S. government. For more info on obtaining a photo ID, contact DPS: 512/424-2600 or www.txdps.state.tx.us. No photo ID is required when voting by mail.

More election info: Travis County: www.votetravis.com, www.traviscountyelections.org, or 512/238-VOTE (8683). Williamson Co.: www.wilco.org/elections or 512/943-1630. Hays Co.: www.co.hays.tx.us/elections.aspx or 512/393-7310.

Early Voting Locations

Open Mon.-Fri., 7am-7pm, unless noted.

CENTRAL

Fiesta Mart, 3909 N. I-35

Howson Library, 2500 Exposi­tion (Mon.-Wed., 10am-7pm; Fri., 10am-5:30pm; closed Thu.)

Travis Co. Offices, 5501 Airport

EAST

Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina (Mon.-Thu., 10am-7pm; closed Fri.)

Parque Zaragoza Rec. Ctr., 2608 Gonzales (Mon.-Thu., 11am-7pm; Fri., 11am-6pm)

NORTHEAST

County Tax Office, 15822 Foot­hill Farms Loop, Pfluger­ville

Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E. Rund­berg, (Mon.-Thu., 9am-7pm; Fri., 9am-6pm)

NORTHWEST

Randalls, 10900-D Research

Randalls, 5145-A RR 620 N., Steiner Ranch

NORTH

Ben Hur Shrine Center, 7811 Rockwood

SOUTH

H-E-B, 2400 S. Congress

Randalls, 2025 W. Ben White

SOUTHEAST

Daniel Ruiz Library, 1600 Grove (Mon.-Thu., 11am-7pm; closed Fri.)

Fiesta Mart, 5510 S. I-35

SOUTHWEST

Randalls, 6600 S. MoPac

Randalls, 9911 Brodie

Wheatsville Co-op, 4001 S. Lamar (Mon.-Fri., 8am-7pm)

WEST

Randalls, 3300 Bee Caves Rd., West Lake Hills

Randalls, 2301 RR 620 S., Lakeway

Mobile Voting

Monday, May 19

Central Services Bldg., 1711 San Jacinto, 8am-noon

Northwest YMCA, 5807 McNeil, 8am-noon

Heritage Pointe, 1950 Webberville Rd., 8-10am

Manor ISD Admin., 10335 US 290 E., noon-5pm

Stephen F. Austin Bldg., 1700 Congress, 2-6pm

Westminster Manor, 4100 Jackson, 4-6pm

Tuesday, May 20

Town Lake Ctr., 721 Barton Springs Rd., 8-10am

Lakeside Senior Center, 85 Trinity, 8-10am

Briarcliff POA Comm Ctr, 22801 Briarcliff, 8am-noon

St. Edwards Univ., 3001 S. Congress, noon-2pm

Huston-Tillotson Univ., 900 Chicon, noon-2pm

Bee Cave City Hall, 4000 Galleria, 2-6pm

RBJ Residential Tower, 21 Waller, 4-6pm

Continental Ret. Community, 4604 S. Lamar, 4-6pm

Wednesday, May 21

Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 8am-5pm

Sam Houston Bldg., 201 E. 14th, 8am-noon

Parsons House, 1130 Camino La Costa, 8-10am

Cambridge Villas, 15711 Dessau, noon-2pm

Southwest Key Program, 6002 Jain, 2-5pm

Heritage Park Center, 2806 Real, 4-6pm

Thursday, May 22

Comm. Ctr. at Jonestown, 18649 FM 1431, 8am-noon

Del Valle ISD Admin., 5301 Ross, 9am-noon

Summit @ West Lake Hills, 1034 Liberty Pk., 9-11am

Travis Building, 1701 Congress, 2-6pm

Lost Creek MUD, 1305 Quaker Ridge, 1-6pm

Lago Vista City Hall, 5803 Thunderbird, 2-6pm

Friday, May 23

Travis Co. Courthouse, 1000 Guadalupe, 8am-5pm

LBJ Building, 111 E. 17th, 9am-5pm

UT Flawn Center, 8am-5pm

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