Texas will miss Super Tuesday
Super Tuesday will happen without Texas voters this year. Ten other states will vote in party primaries or caucuses, but not Texas. More voters go to the polls on that day than any other, due to being able to vote in the presidential primary races, but not Texas voters. The reason for Texas being out of the Super Tuesday primary election is that another redistricting map is being drawn for Texas. Some voters may not know who to vote for and some candidates may not know where their district is at this point. At this point it is a confusing situation.
One of the few things that Texas Democrat and Republicans have agreed to is that the March 6 primary races will be moved to April 3. Hopefully this will avoid confusion caused by lawsuits stemming from the redistricting plans for the U.S. Congressional Districts and the Texas Legislature. The agreement still has to be approved by a panel of three federal judges in San Antonio.
A complication to the redistricting plan has been brought forth by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear a challenge from Hispanic voting-rights groups and the U.S. Justice department that election maps drawn by the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature are racially gerrymandered.
Texas has gained four congressional seats stemming from a growth of 4.3 million new residents since 2000. About 65 percent of that increase is in the Hispanic community.
Critics of the new maps contend that the new districts give no election opportunities for Hispanics who have provided most of the growth and who historically vote more often than Republicans and Democrats.
Texas, like all states with a history of voting rights violations must obtain pre-clearance from the Washington court or the Justice Department before implementing new election districts.
If the agreement is approved, the new filing deadline will be Feb. 1. Candidates must live in the district they wish to file in by that date. Runoff elections will be held June 5.
Local candidates must file with the Orange County party chairs. Trudy Pellerin is the Republican Party chairperson (409-735-4295), and Mark Carter is the Democratic Party chairman (409-882-1922).
Orange County candidates are:
128th District Judge: Courtney Burch Arkeen (incumbent)
163rd District Judge: Dennis Powell (incumbent)
County Court-at- Law No. 1: Mandy White-Rogers, Rodney Allen Townsend Jr.
County Court-at-law No. 2: Troy Johnson (incumbent)
County Commissioner Pct 1: David DuBose (incumbent), Brad Childs
County Commissioner Pct. 3: John Banken
Constable Pct 1: Chris Humble (incumbent)
Constable Pct 2: Jeremiah Gunter
Constable Pct 3: Mark Philpott (incumbent)
Constable Pct 4: Weldon Peveto (incumbent), Joey Jacobs
County Attorney: John Kimbrough
Tax Assessor/Collector: Lynda Gunstream
County Commissioner Pct 1: James Stringer
County Commissioner Pct 3: John DuBose (incumbent)
Constable Pct 1: Sarah Jefferson-Simon
Constable Pct 2: Lynn Arceneaux