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Quick Runoff Election Report

Read this quick piece on election results from last week:

Ernest Bailes in East Texas (HD 18) won handily at 67%. As a rural Texan, we believe Mr. Bailes gets it on water protection and eminent domain reform. Future candidates for elective office need to take notice that Bailes’ opponent, Keith Strahan, simply refused to answer phone calls in the midst of a contest primary. Not a winning strategy. We look forward to working with Ernest Bailes.

We lost a good friend in the Texas House, David Simpson (R-Longview) – for now anyway. Rep. Simpson was trying to move up into the Texas Senate (Senate District 1 – NE Texas). But, alas, both Republican Party warring factions united behind Brian Hughes, who successfully stepped up from the House. Simpson was, simply put, too independent and by attempting to reform seized asset forfeiture laws and medical marijuana, bucked the law enforcement establishment. . We will miss his leadership not only on water issues and, perhaps most importantly, his willingness to challenge the process in the House. His office was always willing to look into potential rules violations. Good luck to Brian Hughes, who has been a supporter of protecting NE Texas from Dallas’ plan to flood 70,000 acres of prime timberland for the Marvin Nichols Reservoir.

Abilene’s Susan King who, like Simpson, was attempting to move up to the Texas Senate from the House, and failed too. That meant forfeiting her Texas House seat in the Abilene area. Good luck to Dawn Buckingham will be Troy Fraser’s replacement for Senate District 24.


FARFA and We Endorse Susan King, Senate District 24

Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance’s endorsement of Susan King for SD 24, is food…and susan-king-abilene-reporter-news-web-150x150water…for thought here at Independent Texans. Therefore, we endorse Susan King and encourage you to help reach voters in Senate District 24: covering parts of Bandera, Bell, Blanco, Brown, Burnet, Callahan, Comanche, Coryell, Gillespie, Hamilton, Kerr, Lampasas, Llano, Mills, San Saba, Taylor, and Travis Counties.  Click here for more details about District 1 — it’s big!

Early voting is Monday, May 16th through Friday, May 20th is the last day to early vote. Election Day is Tuesday, May 24th.

FARFA endorses Susan King in the runoff for State Senate in District 24

Susan King has been a strong advocate for local farms and food. As a member of the House Public Health Committee, Rep. King was an outspoken supporter during the Committee discussions on raw milk, cottage foods, and other local foods bills.  She also authored and passed two important bills that make the state health department more accountable to food producers.

Perhaps most importantly, Susan King has spoken up for farmers’ access to water. In a water forum, her opponent supported raising the rates that farmers pay for water, so that farmers would pay the same rates as cities and commercial users — an approach that essentially says that green lawns and golf courses are just as important as food. Susan King was the lone candidate to point out that water is necessary for food, and that raising water rates for farmers not only hurts the farmers, but ultimately the consumers as well.

Help protect the future of farming and local food in Texas by supporting Susan King: spread the word and vote!  Remember, you can vote in the runoff even if you didn’t vote in the March elections.  (If you voted in the March elections as a Democrat, you cannot vote in the Republican runoff.)

For more information about Rep. King, visit:



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