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TEAGUE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Kindergarten children marched through downtown Teague like little ducklings following their teachers to deliver 183 pounds of canned goods to The Lord’s Community Storehouse. The six kindergarten classes collected the food for the storehouse to celebrate the 100th day of school. Ross Provost, President of The Lord’s Community Storehouse, stood in the street watching over the little ones as they crossed on Friday, March 7th.

Freestone County Republican voters favored Teresa F. Black for District Clerk, Linda Jarvis for County Clerk, Shirley Mayes for Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace; and Bryon

Cook for District 8 State Representative in the only local contested races in the Republican primary election held Tuesday, March 4th. All four race winners are uncontested by Democrats in the November General election and will get a free ride into office in 2015.

The only contested local race in November will be between incumbent Democrat Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Beth Ireland and Republican challenger Cinnamon Archibald. Both Ireland and Archibald were both uncontested in the Primary elections.

In the race for District Clerk to replace Janet Chappel who decided not to seek re-lection, Teresa F. Black out polled LaTonya Jenkins-Willis by a margin of 1,783 ? 224.

Incumbent County Clerk Linda Jarvis defeated challenger Beth Barnes by a 1,507 ? 540 vote count; Incumbent Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Shirley Mays defeated challenger Crystal Rossiaky by a vote count of 299-135 and incumbent District 8 State Representative Byron Cook received 1,123 votes, compared to challengers Bobby Vickery with 754 votes and Charles Morgan with 121 votes.

Of the 11,290 registered voters in Freestone County, approximately 19.36 percent voted in the Republican Primary and 2.79 percent voted in the Democratic Primary.

Freestone County voters basically mirrored the rest of the voters in the state during the Primary election. With 13,601,324 of registered voters in the State of Texas, only 4.07 percent Democratic voters went to the polls to vote and 9.91 percent of Republican voters cast ballots. Results from the election are as follows:

In the race for U.S. Senator John Cornyn won over a field of seven candidates with 65.67 percent of the vote. He became the Republican candidate with 59.44 of the State vote. Democratic candidate, David M. Alameel, received 37.50 percent of the vote in Freestone County and 47.06 percent statewide. Without getting 50 percent of the vote Alameel will be in a run-off election with Maxey Marie Scherr who received 23.07 percent of the Freestone County vote.

In the race to be the Republican choice for Governor, Greg Abbott received a whopping 93.46 percent of the Freestone County vote and 91.50 percent of the State?s Republican votes. Abbott with face Democrat Wendy R. Davis in the November General Election as Ms. Davis became the Democratic candidate for Governor with 90.82 percent of the vote in Freestone County and 70.05 percent of the statewide vote.

Lieutenant Governor, Republican David Dewhurst, received 20.56 percent of the vote and 28.31 percent of the statewide vote and will face Dan Patrick who received 42.29 percent in Freestone County and 41.45 statewide in the runoff election May 27, 2014.

Another decision for Republican voters in the run-off election will be for Attorney General. Dan Branch received 30.87 percent of the county vote and 33.49 percent statewide and will face Ken Paxton who received 48.21 percent from Freestone County and 44.49 percent statewide.

Glenn Hegan took the Republican vote for Comptroller of Public Accounts with 53.09 percent of county vote and 49.99 percent statewide.

In the Republican vote for Commissioner of the General Land Office, George P. Bush took a large percent of the vote with 74.59 percent in the county and 73 percent state-wide.

Sid Miller, Republican candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture, will be in the run-off election with Tommy Merritt getting 44.68 percent of the Freestone County vote and 34.5 of the statewide vote. Tommy Merritt received 13.85 percent county vote and 20.95 percent statewide. The Democrat coming in first for Commissioner of Agriculture was Jim Hogan with 55.55 percent in the county vote and 38.80 percent statewide. Facing Hogan in a run-off election will be Democrat, Richard ?Kinky? Friedman with 26.26 percent of the county vote and 37.74 percent statewide.

Wayne Christian received a narrow lead in the Republican vote for Railroad Commissioner with 36.75 percent in Freestone County and 42.68 percent state-wide over Ryan Sitton who received 36.14 percent in the county and 30.52 percent state-wide. The Republican winner in the run-off vote will face Democrat Steve Brown who won the nod with 61.85 percent in Freestone County and 63.92 percent statewide.

Republican candidate for Chief Justice, Supreme Court will be Nathan Hecht with 52.17 percent county vote and 60.48 percent statewide. He will face Democrat, William Moody in the November General Election who ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary.

Jeff Brown took the Republican vote for Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6 for an unexpired term and will face Lawrence Edward Meyers in the general election, who ran unopposed in the primary.

Voters will cast their ballots for Justice, Supreme Court, Place 7, for either Republican, Jeff Boyd or Democrat Gina Benavides in the November General Election. Both candidates ran unopposed.

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 8 was taken by Republican, Phil Johnson with 64.60 percent in the county vote and 64.02 statewide.

For Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 3, voters will choose between Bert Richardson, who received 66.45 percent of the county vote, 60.38 percent of the statewide vote and Democrat John Granberg, who ran unopposed.

In the race for Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 4, Kevin Patrick Yeary received the nod from voters with 48.89 percent in Freestone County and 54.67 percent statewide.

W.C. ?Bud? Kirkendall, Republican running for Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 9, with 57.97 percent of the county vote.

Proposition 1, Ability to freely express religious beliefs and prayer in public. The vote in Freestone County was 98.70 percent in favor and statewide 97.24 percent in favor.

Proposition 2, Expanding location where CHL holders may legally carry. The voters in Freestone County were 90.43 percent in favor with a statewide vote of 86.92 in favor.

Proposition 3, Abolish the state franchise tax to encourage business growth. 90.54 percent of voters in Freestone County voted in favor of this proposition. The statewide total was 88.42 in favor.

Proposition 4, Welfare recipients to be tested for drugs before receiving benefits. Freestone County voters were in favor with 97.58 percent in county and 94.90 statewide.

Proposition 5, Elected officials and staff be subject to same laws as constituents. Freestone County voters cast their ballots with 99.59 percent in favor and 99.36 percent in favor statewide.

Proposition 6, Repeal The Affordable Care Act. Freestone County voters were 99.59 percent in favor and 99.36 percent in favor statewide.

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