After being delayed due to redistricting lawsuits, the official filing period for candidates for the Republican and Democrat party primaries began today. However, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has asked for a stay from the US Supreme Court, requesting the court to stop the implementation of the maps drawn by the three federal judge panel in San Antonio. Despite that, candidates are filing and I am proud to have filed for re-election just past midnight along with State Representative Larry Gonzales, Dist. 52 (R-Round Rock), State Representative candidate, Dist. 106 and current Cedar Park City Councilmember Tony Dale. We all three filed with Williamson County GOP Chairman Bill Fairbrother. Here is his press release:
Williamson County Republican Party Chairman Bill Fairbrother has long claimed that Republicans were eager and excited about the 2012 election cycle. With three candidates dropping by his Round Rock home to file at the stroke of midnight, he may have underestimated the level of enthusiasm.
State Representative Larry Gonzales (HD 52), Pct. 1 Commissioner Lisa Birkman, and Cedar Park City Councilman Tony Dale all gathered at Chairman Fairbrother’s home Sunday evening to be among the first in the state to file for a place on the 2012 Republican Primary ballot. Representative Gonzales and Commissioner Birkman filed for re-election, and Councilman Dale filed for the newly created HD 106 seat.
“I am glad that I am not the only one ready for the 2012 election cycle to begin”, quipped Fairbrother. “In over a decade of leading the Williamson County Republican Party I have never seen Republicans so committed, excited, and ready for an election cycle. While there are several races likely to be contested, we are united in our goals of reclaiming the White House and electing common-sense conservatives to office up and down the ballot.”
Chairman Fairbrother expects a number of additional filings throughout the day, and commented that there are competent, qualified, confirmed candidates for every office on the 2012 ballot. Filing ends at 6:00pm on Thursday, December 15.
Bill Fairbrother has been chairman of the Williamson County Republican Party since 1999, and has been active in Republican politics since 1984. The Williamson County Republican Party’s office is located at 716 S. Rock St. in Georgetown, and their webpage is http://www.williamsoncountygop.org.
(This column consists of my opinions and observations and does not reflect those of any other person or organization.)