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Recapping Eagle's recommendations in Tuesday's elections - The Eagle: Opinion

Recapping Eagle's recommendations in Tuesday's elections

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Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2012 12:00 am

Eagle Editorial Board

After a very long year of promises, attacks, counter attacks, debates, endless primaries, political ads, inconvenient truths, outright lies and annoying robocalls too numerous to mention, Election Day is at hand. For those who didn't vote early, the polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In addition to the federal, state and district races, voters in Bryan face contested races for city council and school board, while those in College Station will consider nine proposed changes to the city's charter. In the past, such city and school elections were held in May, but a change in federal law necessitated moving them to the November ballot. The local races are at the end of the ballot and voters must scroll through the rest of the ballot to vote in the local races. Casting a straight party vote in the other races will not cast a vote in the city, school and charter amendment elections.

Today, The Eagle recaps its recommendations in the various races. The Editorial Board invited candidates in contested races to meet with us and many of them did. Please remember that our recommendations are but one source of information voters should consider when going to the polls. Other sources might include voter guides, candidate forums, news stories, campaign advertising and literature, and the recommendations of friends and co-workers.

President

President Barack Obama, Democrat, vs. Gov. Mitt Romney, Republican -- The Eagle recommends a vote for Mitt Romney.

U.S. Senate

Paul Sadler, Democrat, vs. Ted Cruz, Republican -- The Eagle recommends a vote for Ted Cruz.

Texas House District 12

Robert Stem, Democrat, vs. Kyle Kacal, Republican -- The Eagle recommends a vote for Kyle Kacal.

Texas House District 14

Judy LeUnes, Democrat, vs. State Rep. John Raney -- The Eagle recommends a vote for Judy LeUnes.

Texas Supreme Court, Place 6

Michele Petty, Democrat, vs. Justice Nathan Hecht -- The Eagle recommends a vote for Nathan Hecht.

Presiding Judge, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

Keith Hampton, Democrat, vs. Presiding Judge Sharon Keller, Republican -- The Eagle recommends a vote for Keith Hampton.

Texas Railroad Commission

Dale Henry, Democrat, vs. Christi Craddick, Republican -- The Eagle recommends a vote for Dale Henry.

State Board of Education, District 8

Dexter Smith, Democrat, vs. Board Chairman Barbara Cargill, Republican -- The Eagle recommends a vote for Dexter Smith.

Bryan

Bryan City Council, Single Member District 3 (unexpired)

Greg Owens vs. Dr. Steve Ramirez -- The Eagle recommends a vote for Steve Ramirez.

Bryan City Council, Single Member District 5

Councilman Art Hughes vs. Craig Regan -- The Eagle recommends a vote for Art Hughes.

Bryan City Council, At-large Place 6

Former Mayor Lloyd Joyce vs. Councilman Chuck Konderla -- The Eagle recommends a vote for Chuck Konderla.

Bryan School Board, At-large Place 7

Former Trustee Tommy Bosquez vs. Sylvester Smith -- The Eagle recommends a vote for Tommy Bosquez.

College Station

Proposition 1 -- Requiring specific reasons to recall council members -- The Eagle recommends a vote for Proposition 1.

Proposition 2 -- Stating who can call a special election in case of a vacancy in the mayor's office or the positions of mayor and all members of the city council -- The Eagle recommends a vote for Proposition 2.

Proposition 3 -- Extending the time residents have to file petitions to overturn an ordinance to 30 days and to extend to 15 business days the amount of time the city secretary has to verify signatures on such petitions -- The Eagle recommends a vote for Proposition 3.

Proposition 4 -- Clarifying the oath of office mayors and council members must take -- The Eagle recommends a vote for Proposition 4.

Proposition 5 -- Defining business days and calendar days throughout the charter in which time limits are imposed -- The Eagle recommends a vote for Proposition 5.

Proposition 6 -- Changing the number of public readings for passage of a franchise ordinance from three to two -- The Eagle recommends a vote for Proposition 6.

Proposition 7 -- Clarifying the language granting the city the right to grant franchises for the use of public property -- The Eagle recommends a vote for Proposition 7.

Proposition 8 -- Changing the wording of the city's ethics policy for council members, appointees and city employees to conform to state law -- The Eagle recommends a vote for Proposition 8.

Proposition 9 -- Changing language throughout the charter to make it gender neutral -- The Eagle recommends a vote for Proposition 9.

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