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Court Order Extends Candidate Filing Date

More local candidates file

Published Dec. 14, 2011 @ 4:49 p.m.
Updated Dec. 15, 2011 @ 11:30 a.m.

Any "undecided" potential candidates for any office now have four extra days to contemplate their decision of whether to enter the race for the March primary.  At this time, the extended deadline is 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19. 

Four more local candidates filed for a place on the primary ballot:

John Valdez - Garza County Commissioner, Precinct 3
Phil Mathews - Garza County Sheriff
Ronald "Ronnie" Gilbert - Garza County Constable Precinct 2
Eric Cravy - Garza County Constable Precinct 2 (Incumbent) 

Regarding the filing extention, a posting on the Secretary of State web site states:(, "On December 13, 2011, the primary filing deadline was extended until Monday, December 19th, by federal court order for all offices."

The order from the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas states in part:  

Since the composition of House and Senate districts in which candidates might offer
themselves are uncertain until the Court enters an order pertaining to the districts of the offices
described above, and to be fair to the present officeholders, potential candidates, and the citizens
of Texas, the court finds it necessary to modify the residence requirements.

Therefore, it is ORDERED that for the 2012 elections to the Texas House of
Representatives and Texas Senate, a person must be a resident of the district the person seeks to
represent from a date to be determined later by the Court, and

It is further ORDERED that an incorrect precinct, district, or office designation on an
application for a place on the ballot shall be accepted by the filing authorities and shall not render
the application invalid if the designation is amended or corrected on or before a date to be later by the court.

The filing deadline for all federal, state, county, and local offices is extended until 6:00 p.m. on December 19, 2011. The court will reopen the filing period at a later date at which time applications may be filed, amended, or withdrawn.

If you are considerng filing for the primary election, or have questions about the filing extention, contact your local party chair:  Democratic Party County Chair - Bebe Boren, (806) 629-4475, or Republican Party County Chair - Trevor Thuett, (806) 777-8388,



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