Top races in Collin County Texas Elections, November 2, 2010

This November 2nd (Tuesday) are the "mid-term" elections across the US. In Texas, Straight Party voting includes the Republican, Democratic, Libertarian, and Green parties. In Collin County there are a lot of important races that will help determine the future of Texas; a typically strong Republican state, but early voting results suggest the democrats may be gaining momentum.
The following are specific county wide contests. Click here for a complete list of sample ballots and to find your voting location by precinct.
Also check out the Libery Institutes Free Voters Guide.
Gubernatorial Candidates:
Rick Perry – Republican Incumbent
Bill White – Former Mayor of Huston - Democrat
Kathie Glass - LP
Deb Shafto - Green Party
Write-in Candidate(s)
Lieutenant Governor:
David Dewhurst - Republican incumbent
Linda Chavez-Thompson - Democrat
Scott Jameson - LP
Herb Gonzales, Jr. - Green Party
U.S. Representative District 3:
Sam Johnson - - Republican Incumbent
John Lingenfelder - Democrat
Christopher J. Claytor - LP
Write-in Candidate(s)
U.S. Representative, District 4:
Ralph M. Hall - - Republican Incumbent and longest standing U.S. Representative.
VaLinda Hathcox - Democrat
Jim D. Prindle - LP
Shane Shepard - independent
Attorney General:
Greg Abbot - - Republican Incumbent
Barbara Ann Radnofsky - - Democrat
Jon Roland - LP
Comptroller of Public Accounts:
Susan Combs - Republican Incumbent
Mary J. Ruwart - LP
Edward Lindsay - Green Party
Commissioner of the General Land Office:
Jerry Patterson - Republican Incumbent
Hector Uribe - Democrat
James L. Holdar - Libertarian Party (hard to find information one – wonder how serious he is about this race).
Commissioner of Agriculture:
Todd Staples -,1968,1848_1944_0_0,00.html?channelId=1944 - Republican Incumbent
Hank Gilbert - Democrat
Rick Donaldson - LP
Railroad Commissioner:
David Porter - Republican Nominee (unseated the incumbent).
Jeff Weems - Democrat
Roger Gary - LP
Art Browning - LP
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 3:
Debra Lehrmann - Republican - appointed June 21, 2010 by Governor Rick Perry to replace Harriet O'Neill
Jim Sharp - , Democrat
William Bryan Strange, III - LP
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 5:
Paul Green - Republican Incumbent
Bill Moody - Democrat
Tom Oxford - LP
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 9:
Eva Guzman - Republican Incumbent
Blake Bailey - Democrat
Jack Armstrong - LP
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2:
Lawrence “Larry” Meyers - Republican Incumbent
J. Randell Stevens - LP
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 5:
Cheryl Johnson - - Incumbent
Dave Howard - - LP
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 6:
Michael E. Keasler - Republican Incumbent
Keith Hampton - Democrat
Robert Ravee Virasin - LP
Justice 5th Court of Appeals District, Place 4:
Lana Myers - Replication Incumbent
Bonnie Lee Goldstein - Democrat
Justice, 5th Court of Appeals District, Place 12, Unexpired Term:
Robert M. (Bob) Fillmore - Republican Incumbent
Lawrence J. Praeger - Democrat
Criminal District Attorney:
Currently John R. Roach not running for re-election.
Greg Willis - Republican
Rafael De La Garza II - Democrat
County Judge:
Keith Self -
David M. Smith -
Judge, County Court at Law Number 3:
Lance S. Baxter - Republican
Sajeel S. Khaleel - Democrat
Justice of the Peace, Precinct No. 3, Place 2:
John E. Payton - Republican incumbent
Rey V. Flores - Democrat
District Clerk:
Patricia Crigger -
Write-in Candidate(s)
Member, State Board of Education, District 9:
Thomas Ratliff - Republican
Jeff McGee - LP
Paul Cardwell - Green Party
State Senator, District 8:
Florence Shapiro - Republican Incumbent
Ed Kless - LP
Texas State Board of Education, District 12:
George Clayton - Republican
Amy Parsons - LP
There are also a lot of State Representative’s running un-apposed, and other more local candidates. Check ou the Voter guide from the Liberty Institute.
Who will I vote for?
Probably a mix of Libertarian Party (those who actually have web-site with good information on them), and Republicans. However, for the first time I'm finding myself interested in a Democrat. Bill White... Why? Take a look at Huston; even Glen Becks “An inconvenient Book” talks a lot about some of the positive points for Huston that potentially could be at least partially thanks to Bill White.