Texas has open primaries – any registered voter may vote in a Party’s Primary election. The only restriction is that in any given year you may vote in only one party’s primary. In general, the Party’s nominees are selected in the Primary. And, local Party offices – County Chair and Precinct Chair – are elected in the Primary.

Here is a listing of the races and questions that will be on the ballot in the Collin County Democratic Primary. Links to candidate web sites are included for contested statewide races and for our local candidates. The Texas Democratic Party has a full listing of statewide candidates. Links to statewide candidate web sites courtesy of the TDP.

Check the Collin County Elections web site for:

U.S. Senator

COMMENT: None of these candidates for the U.S. Senate nomination have the visibility or strength of people like John Sharp or prominent U.S Congressional Representatives, State Senators, or State Representatives.

Dr. Alameel has a lot of money and has been endorsed by Wendy Davis (he gave her a $30,000 contribution). On the other hand, he ran for the nomination for U.S. Congress TX-33 (the seat that Marc Veasey now holds) and came in fourth despite spending several million dollars. Either he doesn’t know how to spend money well or else his message was lacking (he is running in this race as a conservative Democrat).

Maxey Scherr is younger, less experienced, and not as well financed, but she is running as a progressive.

Mr. Kim and Mr. Fjetland don’t appear to be as strong as Alameel or Scherr. Please don’t vote for Kesha Rogers!

MIKE’S PICK – Maxy Scherr

U.S. Representative District 32 (Uncontested)

Franz Perez


COMMENT: There’s only one choice here folks – Stand with Wendy!

Lieutenant Governor (Uncontested)

Leticia Van de Putte

Attorney General (Uncontested)

Sam Houston

Comptroller of Public Accounts (Uncontested)

Mike Collier

Commissioner of the General Land Office (Uncontested)

John Cook

Commissioner of Agriculture

COMMENTS:  Mr. Fitzsimmons comes from a ranching family and has positions consistent with past Party platforms. Mr. Friedman seems to be running on one issue – legalizing marijuana. Mr. Hogan doesn’t have a web site and doesn’t appear to be a serious candidate.

MIKE’S PICK – My pick is Mr. Fitzsimmons. I still don’t forgive Kinky for making the 2006 Governor’s race a four way mess.

Railroad Commissioner

COMMENTS: Mr. Brown is an up and coming young man, a former Fort Bend Democratic Party chairman whose political background includes work on the campaigns of state Rep. Sylvester Turner, state Sen. Rodney Ellis and former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk’s run for the U.S. Senate. He is recommended by the Dallas Morning News.

Dale Henry is a retired petroleum engineer who has doubted climate change science, and he doesn’t have a web site.

MIKE’S PICK – Steve Brown.

Chief Justice, Supreme Court (Uncontested)

William Moody

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6 (Uncontested)

Lawrence Edward Meyers

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 7 (Uncontested)

Gina Benavides

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 3 (Uncontested)

John Granberg

Member, State Board of Education, District 12 (Uncontested)

District 12 includes all of Collin County and the northeast and far eastern parts of Dallas County, with the “park cities”, Mesquite, Balch Springs, and Seagoville.

Lois Parrott

And special thanks to our two local, in county candidates:

State Representative District 89 (Uncontested) – South central party of county including Lucas, Murphy, Wylie, Nevada, Lavon, Lowry Crossing, Fairview, Parker, and parts of Allen, Plano, Sachse, and Garland

Sameena Karmally

Justice of the Peace PCT 3, PL 2 (Uncontested) – Southwest corner of county including Allen, Lucas, Parker, Murphy, and parts of Dallas, Richardson, and Plano

Denise Hamilton

County Chair

COMMENT: Vote for me, of course!

Primary Ballot Referenda Items


The United States Congress must pass immigration reform; including an earned path to citizenship for those individuals contributing to the economy and the dependents of those individuals.


Congress should pass legislation raising the federal minimum wage to at least 110% of the federal poverty level for a family of four without exception.


The Governor and the Texas Legislature should accept federal funds, as provided in the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act of 2010, for the expansion of Medicaid to provide coverage to millions of uninsured and underinsured Texans.


The Congress and the Texas Legislature should adopt legislation that expands protections against discriminations in employment, housing, and public accommodations based upon sexual orientation and gender identity.

More information and in Spanish.

RECOMMENDATION: All of these propositions are consistent with past Democratic positions and platforms. I recommend voting “Yes” on all.

Updated March 3, 2014