By Robin Fornoff
CMI Projects Editor
The only contested race in Bailey or Parmer counties asks Texas primary election voters to decide between two Republicans.
Republican and Democrat voters alike will also be asked to chose candidates for state and federal office as well as decide non-binding questions designed to help define each respective party.
There are no contested local races in Bailey County.
In Parmer County, Republicans Mitch Terry of Friona and Steve Cockerham of Bovina are seeking the County Commission Precinct 2 seat being vacated by longtime incumbent James Clayton.
Terry is a teacher at Friona High School. Cockerham is a life-long farmer.
Terry said he was tired of teaching, and running for commissioner was something he’s been thinking about the last two or three years. His motivation, Terry said, is, “To just help serve the public.”
Cockerham is a political newcomer and like his opponent said he wants to serve the county.
“You know, our county’s clicking along real good now,” said Cockerham. “I’d like to help keep everything going on the way it is.
“It’s just a couple of good ol’ boys running against each other,” said Cockerham.
Republicans and Democrats will also be asked to choose from as many as eight candidates for federal and state office, including senator, U.S. representative, governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and state supreme court justices.
Non-binding questions on the Republican ballot, answered by a yes or no vote, range across the political spectrum, from carrying concealed handguns to repealing the Affordable Care Act.
Democrats don’t face such a dizzying choice of federal and state candidates. Perhaps the hottest Democrat contest appears to be governor, where Seadrift, Texas, Municipal Judge Reynaldo Madrigal and state Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth are pitted against each other.
Davis has drawn national political attention since her 11-hour filibuster last June to delay passage of a bill imposing strict abortion regulations in Texas.