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Better East Texas: Runoff

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By Patrick Stacey

Don't we all get sick of people making decisions for us?  I mean, we spent nearly the first two decades of our lives, fighting for the right to make our own decision. Well, it could all happen again but this time the decisions could be much farther reaching. 

The state of Texas is in election runoff mode for the U-S Senate seat about to be vacated by retiring Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. 

David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz are battling it out on the Republican ticket and Democrats Paul Sadler and Fred Yarborough are in a run-off for the Democrats and if voter turnout follows the current trend, we have a good chance of perhaps having someone else make the decision for you in the runoff. 

If you didn't vote at all in the primary, you can still vote in the runoff. If you voted for a particular party in the primary, you can only vote for runoffs within your party. 

I am yet to meet an adult that is satisfied with their tax bill or their hunting license fees or the cost of gas, and, yet all of those items and countless others, are affected by who is holding office, and a minority of voters will probably vote in the Texas runoff – thus charting the course for the rest of us. 

I am almost to the point that we should offer an incentive for people to vote to help increase the numbers for this privilege, but even that would only last for a while. 

So if you voted in the primary, or even if you didn't, make a commitment to vote in the runoff. 

We have to preserve this right of everyone having a voice and it will make for a Better East Texas.

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