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On Tuesday, July 31, 2012 the Victoria County Democratic and Republican Parties will conduct a primary runoff election. The election will be held as a joint election with thirty-five polling locations in all of the county election precincts open for voting on Election Day.

The Democratic ballot has Paul Sadler and Grady Yarbrough running for United States Senator. Rose Meza Harrison and Jerry J. Trevino running for United States Representative, District 27. Ruben Cortez, Jr. and Celeste Zepeda Sanchez running for Member, State Board of Education, Place 2.

In addition for County Commissioner, Precinct No. 1, Annie Ramos and Danny Garcia are on the ballot.

The Republican runoff ballot has David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz running for United States Senator. Christi Craddick and Warren Chisum running for Railroad Commissioner. Greg Parker and Barry Smitherman running for the unexpired term on the Railroad Commission. John Devine and David Medina running for Justice, Supreme Court, Place 4.

In addition three precinct party chairmen positions are being contested. Precinct 10 has David Hagan and Sean Petrash. Precinct 14 has Richard Bailey, Matt Ocker and Beverly Martin. Precinct 18 has Toni Marek and J.R. Burns.

Everyone listed on the ballot has an interest in voters turning out and making a choice in this election. Each of these individuals, excepting the precinct chairs, wants to become the party's nominee in the general election. They may not get that privilege unless voters come out and support their candidacy.

Runoff elections are not less important than the primary election just as primary elections are not less important than the general election. While the general election is the election which puts candidates in office, it is the primary elections which select the nominees for the party and thereby the name on the general election ballot. Because it is so important for the party to have a nominee with the support of the party members a majority vote is required in primary elections. All of the above candidates worked hard in the primary to obtain the nomination but did not have the support of the majority. So the runoff election determines the final winner.

Typically runoff elections have a lower turnout. There are fewer signs and less advertising to remind people an election is coming. But you might notice there are still signs out there and there is still media coverage of the coming runoff. These candidates will continue to work up to Election Day seeking your vote.

If you voted in the primary election of May 29th you should come out to vote again on July 31st. Otherwise you have left your job only partly done. If you did't vote in the primary you have an opportunity to participate in the runoff. Start looking at the candidates and make your selection.