By Elsa Maxey
In a little over a month, the candidates from the May 29th primary election for both the Republican and Democratic parties that did not garner a majority vote margin will be back on a ballot. This is for the Primary Runoff Election in Fort Bend County set for July 31st. Not all the races to take place November 2012 will appear on next month’s ballot, but only those where there was no clear majority win, which is why the runoff is necessary.
Be prepared to see several state offices listed on those runoffs. For the Republicans, these include the race for U.S. Senator between David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz to determine the candidate that will run against the one winning the runoff Democratic Primary. For the Dems, it could be either Paul Sadler or Grady Yarborough, both running against each other in that primary runoff next month.
Other runoff races on the Republican ticket include two for Railroad Commissioner, a race for Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, Place 4, and then there’s the contested District 26 State Representative runoff between Jacquie Chaumette and Rick Miller. Either Chaumette or Miller will run against Vy Nguyen, who won the Dem’s primary race last month for that office.
A Fort Bend County specific runoff race will have Republicans Tom Atchison running against Bruce Fleming for County Commissioner, Precinct 1. The winner of that runoff race will challenge the current office holder and Democrat. He’s the incumbent, Fort Bend County Commissioner Richard Morrison.
For a sample ballot of the upcoming runoff election, voters are advised to visit the Fort Bend County Elections Office website.
Early voting begins July 23 and will run through July 27, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 12 locations, said Robin Heiman, Assistant Elections Administrator. For a complete list of the locations, visit the county’s website or view Heiman’s presentation before the Fort Bend County Commissioners Court on the Star’s online publication… fortbendstar.com.