Texas Elections 2010 – An Introduction
are just around the corner. The gubernatorial election of Texas will be held on November 2, 2010. In general, the term “election” has been defined as “a formal decision-making process by which a population chooses an individual to hold public office.” This decision is very important as we all cast our vote for the most suitable candidate of our choice. Choosing the Texas Governor is a significant because they serve for four-year terms.
Being the governor of any state is no small task. The Governor of Texas is the head of the executive branch of government of Texas. The has the power of approving any bill that is passed by the Texas Legislature. He may also use his veto power in this regard. When recommended by the Board of Pardons and Paroles, the governor may also grant pardons in cases other than impeachment or in case of treason but with permission by the legislature.
Nominees for Texas Elections 2010
This year, the nominees for the Governor of Texas include Rick Perry from the Republican party, Kathie Glass from the Libertarian party and Bill White from the Democratic party. This year the term of the governor will begin on January 18, 2011 and the same will end on January 20, 2015. Rick Perry, the incumbent Republican Governor of Texas is running for re-election to a 3rd term. He won the Republican primary and defeated Kay Bailey Hutchison , the U.S. Senator. The other nominee Bill White is the former Mayor of Houston who won the Democratic nomination. The third nominee is Kathie Glass. She is a lawyer from Houston and also a previous candidate for Texas Attorney General. She won the Libertarian Nomination. Finally, Deb Shafto is also one of the nominees and belongs to the Texas Green Party. There are also numerous independent candidates.
About Rick Perry
Rick Perry’s full name is James Richard “Rick” Perry. He was born on March 4, 1950. He is the 47th incumbent Governor of the state of Texas. Rick belongs to the Republican Party. He was elected Lieutenant Governor of Texas in the year 1998. He took charge of the office as governor in December 2000 when Governor George W. Bush had to resign to assume the office of President of the United States. Rick Perry was elected for 2 full terms in the year 2002 and 2006. Now Perry is running for an unparalleled third full term. In 2008, Rick Perry was chairman of the Republican Governors Association. He succeeded Sonny Perdue of Georgia. Perry now serves as Finance Chair. The Dallas Morning News wrote in December 2008 that Rick Perry is the only governor in modern Texas history to have appointed at least one person to every possible state office, board, or commission position which requires gubernatorial appointment. If he finishes his present term on January 18, 2011, he will be the first Governor of Texas to complete two consecutive four-year terms. He also holds the record for being the second longest-serving governor in the United States. Perry won the Republican primary election in 2010. He defeated U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and also Debra Medina, a businesswoman and also former Wharton County Republican Party Chairwoman.
About Kathie Glass
Kathie Glass is a Houston lawyer. She is the member of the national and state Libertarian Party and also a candidate for the gubernatorial Texas Election s 2010. She lives with her family in Houston, Texas. At its State Convention in Austin on June 12, Kathie won the Libertarian Party of Texas nomination for governor. Kathie defeated her opponent, Jeff Daiell who is a 58 year-old businessman. She won with 73 percent of the votes.
About Bill White
Another nominee for the is William Howard “Bill” White born on June 16, 1954. He is the member of the national and state Democratic Party. He is also the former mayor of Houston and of course, the candidate for the 2010 Texas gubernatorial election. Before serving as a mayor, White was a trial lawyer and a businessman. Later, White also served as U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy under President Bill Clinton. He is also on the membership roster of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Important issues for Texas Elections 2010
Texas is a strongly Republican state. This year the election issues will focus on topics like border security, education, the economy and fiscal responsibility. Deadline to register to vote as are approaching
The are close by and October 4 is the voter registration deadline. The State of Texas is soon going to launch a webpage dedicated to help Texans find information regarding voting and polling places. The official website of Texas is www.texas.gov and the new page – www.texas.gov/voting will provide Texans with a easy and quick access to voting information and services. It will also provide answers to some commonly asked voting questions in the State of Texas.
Through the new page, the citizens would be able to :
-Verify voter registration
-Change the address on a voter registration card
-Complete a voter registration form
-Learn more about local representatives.