Election Update, 1/4/10

File 'em if you've got 'em

Election Update, 1/4/10

As the old saying goes, if you haven't filed, you're not really a candidate, and so any remaining potential names for the March 2 primaries have until 6pm tonight to prove they weren't just flapping their gums. That's the deadline for inclusion, so look for a quick flurry of filings before close of business.

One anticipated Republican primary has vaporized as Bush-friendly documentarian Glenn Bass announced on his campaign website that he won't be getting into the House District 48 race with sportscaster and GOPAC-TX running buddy Dan Neill. Instead, he's filed for the Justice of the Peace precinct 2 post.

Rumors persist that Amy Clark Meachum may perform a similar jump in the Democratic primaries. Meachum originally announced that she was running for the 353rd District Court, but there are rumors that she will jump in against Judge Jan Patterson in the 201st. Why jump races? Because many Democrats are still furious at Patterson over her letters to Gov. Rick Perry. Here's where it gets confusing: The 353rd became vacant when Judge Scott Ozmun died last year, and Patterson asked Perry that she be appointed to the seat. That would free up her vital 3rd Court of Appeals seat to Perry to fill by nomination, which Democrats were convinced he would give to a GOP nominee, thus re-balancing the power on the bench. Instead, after Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, nixed her appointment, Perry went with former Deputy First Assistant Jeff Rose for the 353rd. Because it's an unexpired term, Rose has to defend it, and Democrat Tim Sulak is challenging him. Now Patterson, who wanted the 353rd by appointment, is now running for the vacant 201st. As for Meachum, don't read too much into it, but there is no mention of which seat she is seeking on her campaign site.

Meanwhile, Burnt Orange Report is reporting that Ted Ankrum might be stepping in at the last minute to replace Jack McDonald as the Democrat to take on Republican U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul in Congressional District 10. 2008 challenger Larry Joe Doherty, who was widely regarded at the time as running a terrible campaign, took a pass, as did his then-primary challenger Dan Grant (with a new baby on the way, he put family first). However, Ankrum is a wild card: He ran against McCaul in 2006 and got annihilated, but that was in part because he ran a $72,000 campaign. If he files, will he be taken any more seriously this time around?

So who has filed for what so far in Travis? (* denotes incumbent)

Legislature

Senate District 14 Kirk Watson* (D)
House District 46 Dawnna Dukes* (D)
House District 47 (DEM) Valinda Bolton* (D)
House District 47 (GOP) Holly White Turner (R) Paul Workman (R)
House District 48 (DEM) Donna Howard* (D)
House District 48 (GOP) Dan Neill (R)
House District 49 Elliott Naishtat* (D)
House District 50 Mark Strama* (D)
House District 51 (DEM) Eddie Rodriguez* (D)
House District 51 (GOP) Marilyn Dolores Jackson (R)

State Board of Education

Dist. 5 (DEM) Robert Bohmfalk (D) Rebecca Bell-Metereau (D) Josiah Ingalls (D) Daniel Boone (D)
Dist. 5 (GOP) Tim Tuggey (R) Ken Mercer* (R)
Dist. 10 (DEM) Judy Jennings (D)
Dist. 10 (GOP) Rebecca Osborne (R) Brian Russell (R) Marsha Farney (R)

State and District Court

Supreme Court, Place 3 Rebecca Simmons (R)
Supreme Court, Place 5 Paul Green* (R)
3rd Court of Appeals, Place 4 (DEM) Kurt Kuhn (D)
3rd Court of Appeals, Place 4 (GOP) Scott King Field (R)
147th District Judge Clifford Brown (D)
201st District Judge Jan Patterson (D)
250th District Judge John Dietz* (D)
261st District Judge Lora Livingston* (D)
299th District Judge Karen Sage (D) Leonard Martinez (D) Eve Schatelowitz Alcantar (D)
331st District Judge David Crain (D) Keith Lauerman (D)
353rd District Judge (unexpired) (DEM) Tim Sulak (D)
353rd District Judge (unexpired) (GOP) Jeff Rose* (R)
403rd District Judge Brenda Kennedy* (D)
419th District Judge Orlinda Naranjo* (D)
District Clerk Amalia Rodriguez-Mendoza* (D)

County Court

County Judge (DEM) Sam Biscoe* (D)
County Judge (GOP) Mike McNamara (R)
Judge, County Court at Law #1 David Phillips (D)
Judge, County Court at Law #2 Eric Shepperd* (D)
Judge, County Court at Law #4 Mike Denton* (D)
Judge, County Court at Law #5 Nancy Hohengarten* (D)
Judge, County Court at Law #6 Brandy Mueller (D)
Judge, County Court at Law #7 Elizabeth Earle* (D)
Judge, County Court at Law #8 Carlos H. Barrera* (D)
Judge, County Probate Court #1 Guy Herman* (D)

Justice of the Peace

Precinct 2 (DEM) Karin Crump (D)
Precinct 2 (GOP) Glenn Bass (R)
Precinct 3 Susan Steeg* (D)
Precinct 4 Raul Arturo Gonzalez* (D)
Precinct 5 Herb Evans* (D)

County

County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir* (D)
County Treasurer Dolores Ortega* (D)

County Commissioner

Place 2 Sarah Eckhardt* (D)
Place #4 Margaret Gomez* (D) Raul Alvarez (D)

County Party

Democratic Party County Chair Andy Brown* (D)
Republican Party County Chair Rosemary Edwards* (R)

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