House Dist. 83 race heats up with Perry withdrawl
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 10:48 AM
The next act of a West Texas political melodrama can begin now.
Rep. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, announced Tuesday he will remove himself from the Nov. 4 House of Representatives ballot, opening the doors for a crowded race to replace him.
About half a dozen West Texas residents have already announced their intent to run for the House seat, but confusion reigned last week when Texas Governor Rick Perry called a special election for the Senate seat Charles Perry is seeking after Robert Duncan resigned.
Perry initially indicated he would remove his name from the House ballot early in August.
The Republican chairs of the seven counties that make up District 83 -- Terry, Gaines, Scurry, Mitchell, Borden, Lynn and part of Lubbock -- will meet soon to nominate who will replace Perry’s name on the ballot.
Terry County Republican chairman Brad Moore told the Brownfield News that republicans in Lubbock and Borden counties will have to nominate someone to meet with the chairs first.
The Lubbock County chair doesn’t reside within the boundaries of Dist. 83 and the previous Borden County chair did not seek re-election the last time voters went to the polls.
The party has until 5 p.m. on August 25 to decide between house hopefuls Allen Adkins, Dustin Burrows, Steve Massengale and Sondra Ziegler.
Former Rep. Delwin Jones had announced his candidacy, but has since switched his aim to the Senate seat.
A town hall forum is planned for early August now that Perry is officially withdrawing from the race.
Several other people have thrown their names in the hat for the vacant Senate seat.
Perry will be up against former Rep. Jones, R-Lubbock, former Texas Tech vice chancellor Jodey Arrington, former Sweetwater mayor Greg Wortham and Wolfforth resident Epifanio Garza in the September election to replace Duncan, who resigned July 3 to become the Texas Tech chancellor.
The winner of the special election will serve the rest of Duncan’s term, which ends in 2017.
If no candidate receives at least 50 percent of the vote, a runoff will be called at some point later in the year.