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September 24, 2010

Political parties open local offices

MINERAL WELLS — Local party chairs have offices up and running and are setting their sights on the Nov. 2 midterm election.

Democrats

Palo Pinto County Democrats opened an office at 716 S.E. 1st St. and kicked off their local campaign Tuesday with an address from former State Sen. Bob Glasgow at Holiday Hills Country Club.

In addition, Wright said the county Democrats will have fundraisers for local candidates and will have a phone bank to call registered voters at their new headquarters.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and will be open on Saturday, too. For more information, contact the headquarters at (940) 452-0146.

Wright said the primary goal, preparing for the Nov. 2 election is “backing the Democratic candidates in Palo Pinto County.”

“The incumbents – County Judge Mike Smiddy, County Clerk Bobbie Smith and County Treasurer Mary Motley – have served well and have tons of experience,” she said. “And I think [newcomer] Lee Saunders would certainly be an asset to commissioners court.”

Saunders is running for Precinct 4 Commissioner, against incumbent Jeff Fryer.

While the local Democratic emphasis is currently on county candidates, Wright added some words about the gubernatorial race.

“We are certainly backing strongly Bill White and think he would make a wonderful governor,” she said. “He was a successful mayor of Houston and seems to be genuinely interested in the economic climate in Texas and he has some interesting ideas to get us back on track with the economy in Texas.”

Republicans

The Palo Pinto County Republican Party, chaired by Barbara Upham, is also ready for business.

Their headquarters are inside the Brazos Mall, across from Sears, and they are open for business Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The new PPCRP phone number is (940) 468-2713.

Local Republicans plan a kick-off meeting Tuesday, Sept. 28, at Holiday Hills Country Club. Republican candidates for county offices will discuss their campaigns. The event begins with a dutch-treat dinner at 6 p.m. and the meeting and speakers begin at 7.

In the meantime, Upham said, “We are open, six days a week.”

“We’re going to have a very active campaign from the top of the ballot, [Mac Thornberry who has two opponents – John T. Burwell (Libertarian) and James K. Dyer (Independent)], to the bottom [county races],” she said.

In addition to incumbent Fryer taking on challenger Saunders to hold his Precinct 4 commissioner’s seat, several Republican candidates hope to unseat Democratic incumbents. They are:

• David Nicklas, running for County Judge against incumbent Smiddy.

• Janette Green, challenging Smith for County Clerk.

• Tanya Fallin, who once served as county treasurer, will vie for Motley’s position.

Staff writer Libby Cluett can be reached at (940) 325-4465, ext. 3422, or lcluett@mineralwellsindex.com.

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