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Candidate ballot places, future forums announced

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Candidates for local elected offices converged on the Ray Maurer Annex on 12th Street at 6 pm, Monday, March 12, to participate in a drawing for places on the ballot of the Republican Primary Election, now set for Tuesday, May 29.

Ed Hodges, chairman of the Bandera County Republican Party, presided over the proceedings. He selected the paper slips with candidates' names from an appropriately decorated red, white and blue receptacle. Lou Holt duly noted the order in which the names would appear on the ballot.

In the sheriff's race, Richard Smith came out on top, followed by Frances Kaiser, Daniel "Dan" Butts, James Newton, David McGilvray and Scott Sharp.

Challenger Janna Lindig will be first on the ballot for the office of county attorney, followed by incumbent John Payne and challenger Daniel MacNeil.

In the race for Precinct 1 Commissioner, challenger Bob Grimes' name will top the ballot, followed by incumbent Bruce Eliker. In the race for Precinct 3 Commissioner, challenger Andy Wilkerson will be first on the ballot, followed by incumbent Richard Keese.

Finally, in the three-way split for Precinct 4 Constable, the name of challenger Butch Lewis will be first, followed by incumbent Rod Chalmers and challenger Rick Neely. Because he failed to meet the residency requirement, another challenger, Butch Terry, has dropped out of the constable race.

The runoff election for the already hotly contested political races will be Tuesday, July 31.

According to Hodges, candidates' forums have been scheduled for the:

• Vanderpool Community Center, 1:30 pm, Saturday, March 17.

• Wharton's Dock Fire Station, 2 pm, Saturday, March 31.

• Pipe Creek Community Center, 2 pm, Sunday, April 29.

• Lakehills Civic Center, Saturday, May 12, (time to be announced later).

The format of these forums will include a brief introduction by each candidate with questions then being taken from the audience. Questioners will be given minute to pose their questions with candidates having at least two minutes to respond. "We're not going to be strict about the time, however," Hodges said. "You'll be allowed to complete your thought."

Bandera American Legion Post 157 will sponsor a second "meet & greet" with candidates and the community with the date to be determined. The first one was obviously successful because, as Post Commander Charlie Baker noted, "We thought we'd get about 80 people at the first one and we finally ended up with about 140 people."

Also the Ranchers and Landowners of Texas Association will host a state candidate forum the end of April with the date to be finalized later.

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Candidates for Bandera County Sheriff - Dan Butts, Scott Sharp, James Newton, Frances Kaiser and Richard Smith - attended the ballot drawing on Monday, March 12, for the Republican Primary, slated for Tuesday, May 29. Candidate David McGilvray is not pictured.

Incumbent John Payne and challengers Daniel MacNeil and Janna Lindig, who are vying for county attorney, waited to see who would top their ballot during the May 29 Primary Election.

Another hotly contested race is the one for Precinct 4 Constable, which includes challenger Butch Lewis and incumbent Rod Chalmers, as well as challenger Rick Neely, who is not pictured.

The tension mounted as incumbent Bruce Eliker and challenger Bob Grimes waited to see whose name would be first on the ballot for Precinct 1 Commissioner.