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Posted on 02/25/2004 12:17:20 PM PST by anymouse
Austin, TX - The Young Conservatives of Texas announces its endorsements in the March 9th Republican primary for which early voting continues until March 5. The full list of our endorsements in contested primary races is below, followed by comments on selected candidates and links to lists of early voting locations in Texas' largest counties:
YCT 2004 REPUBLICAN PRIMARY ENDORSEMENTS
Supreme Court, Place 5: Justice Steven Wayne Smith
Railroad Commission: Victor Carrillo
Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2: Judge Larry Meyers
Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 5: Judge Cheryl Johnson
Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 6: Judge Mike Keasler
District 1: Wayne Christian
District 2: Clint Moore
District 3: Sam Johnson
District 4: Ralph Hall
District 7: John Culberson
District 9: No Endorsement
District 10: Michael McCaul
District 11: Bill Lester
District 17: Arlene Wohlgemuth
District 24: Kenny Marchant
District 25: Rebecca Armendariz-Klein
District 31: John Carter
District 31: Kel Seliger
District 1: Mark Graves
District 3: Jeff Cunningham
District 7: Dave Alford
District 9: Roy Blake
District 12: No Endorsement
District 16: Monte Lane
District 17: Jay Yates
District 28: No Endorsement
District 35: Eric Opiela
District 45: Alan Askew
District 50: No Endorsement
District 53: Harvey Hilderbran
District 56: Charles "Doc" Anderson
District 58: Sam Walls
District 71: Bob Hunter
District 78: No Endorsement
District 81: Jason Moore
District 93: No Endorsement
District 96: Bill Zedler
District.132: Bill Callegari
District 133: Joe Nixon
District 137: Ann Witt
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
District 6: Terri Leo (Houston and surrounding areas)
District 8: Barbara Cargill (Longview and surrounding areas)
District 14: Gail Lowe (Waco and surrounding areas)
SELECTED TEXAS COURTS OF APPEALS*
*YCT endorses in those courts of appeals races in which we are able to gather sufficient information about the candidates.
Fmr. Judge Ernest Garcia, 3rd Court of Appeals, Place 4 (Austin, San Angelo, Temple)
Justice Bob Pemberton, 3rd Court of Appeals, Place 6 (Austin, San Angelo, Temple)
Justice Felipe Reyna, 10th Court of Appeals, Place 3 (Waco and surrounding areas)
YCT State Chairman David Rushing stated, "For Texas Supreme Court, YCT is proud to once again endorse incumbent Republican Justice Steven Wayne Smith . A proven and principled conservative, Justice Smith initiated and won the Hopwood lawsuit that ended unconstitutional racial quotas in admissions at the University of Texas. On the Texas Supreme Court, Justice Smith has distinguished himself as a fine jurist who refuses to legislate from the bench."
Mark McCaig, YCT Communications Director, added, "Unlike his primary opponent, Justice Smith supports the right of voters to elect judges to the Texas Supreme Court. YCT has long opposed moving to an appointment system because it produces an unaccountable, and often liberal, judiciary."
McCaig noted, "Justice Smith supports traditional marriage and the right of individual Texans to own a gun. He is committed to strictly enforcing the parental notification law. Last year, Justice Smith ruled that the Texas Constitution does NOT require the 'Robin Hood' property tax redistribution scheme."
In the race for Texas Railroad Commissioner, Rushing stated, "YCT is pleased to endorse Republican Victor Carrillo . As a geologist, attorney, and former Taylor County Judge, Carrillo brings a wealth of valuable experience to the Railroad Commission. Carrillo is a strong fiscal and social conservative and will continue to serve Texas with distinction."
McCaig said, "In Congressional District 1, we were faced with a very difficult decision between several capable candidates. While both Justice Louis Gohmert and John Graves are impressive, we endorse State Rep. Wayne Christian because of his exceptional track record of advancing the conservative cause. During the last legislative session, Rep. Christian received the highest YCT rating of any legislator and his career rating of 94% places him among the top five legislators on our Historical Honor Roll."
In Congressional District 17, YCT is pleased to endorse State Rep. Arlene Wohlgemuth . Rushing commented, "Rep. Wohlgemuth has been the leading conservative voice in Austin when it comes to reducing wasteful spending on social programs. With the federal deficit ballooning, Texas needs Rep. Wohlgemuth in Congress to help bring fiscal sanity to the federal government. Wohlgemuth will also stand up for the Second Amendment, fight illegal immigration, and work to protect human life."
In Congressional District 11, YCT endorses conservative Professor Bill Lester . McCaig observed, "Dr. Bill Lester is the clear conservative choice. Lester supports a strong national defense, parental choice in education, the right to life, lower taxes, the repeal of extreme environmental regulations that hamper domestic energy production, and President Bush's plan for private investment accounts for young workers as an alternative to the failing Social Security system."
Rushing stated, "We are pleased to endorse former Amarillo Mayor Kel Seliger for re-election to the State Senate in District 31. A longtime leader in civic and charitable causes, Seliger supports reducing taxes, imposing the death penalty on convicted murderers, and keeping the concealed handgun law. He opposes a state income tax and homosexual marriage. YCT has been a pro-life organization for over two decades and we are confident that Seliger will fight to protect unborn children."
YCT endorsed challenger Jason Moore in House District 81. Rushing stated, "We are pleased to endorse Jason Moore. He is challenging Rep. Buddy West, who scored only 65 in YCT's 2003 Legislative Ratings. Moore will oppose a state income tax and wasteful spending, bringing the new conservative leadership Odessa needs to the Texas House."
In the race for State Board of Education in Houston's District 6, YCT is pleased to endorse Terri Leo . McCaig commented, "Terri Leo is a shining light for conservatives throughout the state. Like Gail Lowe, who we are also endorsing, Leo has worked to correct textbooks containing errors that negatively misrepresent American history and substitute environmental alarmism for sound science."
YCT has also endorsed candidates in selected court of appeals races. Rushing stated, "We are delighted to endorse former judge and accomplished attorney Ernest Garcia for the 3rd Court of Appeals based in Austin. Garcia is a highly principled conservative who will never legislate from the bench."
Rushing concluded, "For more than twenty years, the YCT endorsements have served as a seal of approval for true conservatives seeking public office. We are honored to lend our support to a distinguished group of conservative leaders."
Voters who are not sure which district they live in can visit the Vote-Smart website and enter their nine digit zip code to find out who represents them at all levels of government. This site also features biographical data, voting records, and ratings of elected officials by YCT and other groups, as well as information on candidates.
YCT endorsements reflect a consensus of the organization. This year, over 30 YCT members participated in our endorsements process, interviewing candidates at locations throughout the state, reviewing candidates' answers to our detailed questionnaire on policy issues, and deliberating for many hours to make informed choices.
YCT only endorses in contested primary races. YCT members who work for elected officials do not participate in the endorsement decisions in their races.
The Young Conservatives of Texas, a non-partisan conservative youth organization, has been fighting for conservative values for more than two decades in the Lone Star State and publishes the most respected ratings of the Texas Legislature. In the past year, YCT's conservative student activism has been featured on Good Morning America, Nightline and Fox News, and in The Washington Post and The New York Times.
YCT held its annual statewide convention Feb. 20-22 in Fort Worth, which was attended by over 100 members, alumni, and conservative leaders. Speakers included Congressman Joe Barton, Congressman Pete Sessions, and State Senator Dr. Bob Deuell.
YCT has chapters at Texas A&M University, West Texas A&M University, Baylor University, University of Texas at Austin, Southern Methodist University, University of Texas at Dallas, University of North Texas, Tarrant County Community College, Hardin-Simmons University, and Stephen F. Austin University.
EARLY VOTING LOCATIONS IN TEXAS' LARGEST COUNTIES
County Website (PDF) http://www.harrisvotes.org/docs/earlyvotingposterenglishrevised.pdf
Houston Chronicle (HTML) http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/2415263
Dallas County http://www.dalcoelections.org/march92004/earlyvoting.htm
Bexar County and Surrounding Counties http://news.mysanantonio.com/global-includes/printStory.cfm?xla='saen'&xlb=400&xlc=1130799
List of Locations (PDF) http://www.tarrantcounty.com/elections/lib/elections/ev/schedprim_04.pdf
Map of Locations (PDF) http://www.tarrantcounty.com/elections/lib/elections/ev/392004/evprimarymap2004.pdf
Travis County http://www.co.travis.tx.us/county_clerk/election/20040309/early.asp
Williamson County http://www.wilco.org/electinfo5.htm
Collin County http://www.co.collin.tx.us/elections/election_information/EarlyVotingCalendarWithLocations030904.html
Fort Bend County http://www.co.fort-bend.tx.us/county_services/elections/early_voting_schedule.cfm
Montgomery County http://www.co.montgomery.tx.us/election/EVpri2004.shtml
Denton County http://elections.dentoncounty.com/go.asp?Parent=678&Link=679
Lubbock County (PDF) http://www.lubbockgop.org/EarlyVotingSchedule2004.PDF
Midland County http://www.co.midland.tx.us/elections/history/20040309/EarlyVoting.asp
El Paso County http://www.co.el-paso.tx.us/elections/2004-03-09/earlyvoting.htm
Hidalgo County http://www.valleyrepublicans.com/Election_Information.htm
Galveston County (PDF) http://www.co.galveston.tx.us/County_Clerk/documents/early_vote_locations.PDF
McLennan County http://www.co.mclennan.tx.us/elections/392004primary.html
Potter County http://www.co.potter.tx.us/countyclerk/_private/evoting_runoff_special_04.htm
Bell County http://www.bellcountytx.com/election/
Nueces County (PDF) http://www.co.nueces.tx.us/countyclerk/elections/early_vote_calendar.pdf
Ector County http://www.co.ector.tx.us/annex/elections/EARLY%20VOTING%20SCHEDULE%20for%203-9-04.htm
Please email any questions or comments to YgTxConservative@netscape.net or call YCT State Chairman David Rushing at (713) 408-3606.
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My suspicion is that noone at YCT has ever practiced criminal appellate law and simply chose to endorse incumbents without any thought. Of the three judges YTC endorsed, only Keasler is actually a conservative.
No matter who the nominee is, they're going to have a very hard time defeating Edwards. Too many older people see him as a "conservative Democrat" and will vote for him even though they're Republicans or conservative Independents. The Democrats in my area are happy as can be because they're confident they'll soon have a Rat representing us in the House instead of a Republican.
They also seem a bit too enthusiastic to back McCaul in District 10. I know he's probably the least bad of the frontrunners there but the guy is a career bureaucrat and is NOT something that generally gets me excited when looking for a congressman. If they wanted to back the true most conservative candidate in that race they should have endorsed Pat Elliot, or otherwise endorsed McCaul with less of the enthusiasm. Also, I don't know why they endorsed Johnson on the Court of Criminal Appeals.