Precinct 1: 3 from Palmer in run-offs
The Ellis County Press
PALMER – Dennis Robinson, David Land and Michael Heard are neighbors and they’re all vying for their parties’ run-off contests on April 8.
Robinson, the incumbent Precinct 1 commissioner, faces fellow Republican David Land on April 8.
"My view and opinions pretty much stay the same as the March 4th election," Robinson said, in response to questionnaires this newspaper produced for the April 8 race. "I’m open to anyone’s views and opinions. I am at work for the taxpayers so I think they have the right to express what’s on their mind.
"Anybody is more than welcome to stop by to talk or call me anytime with concerns they may have. Please keep in mind I am for limited government.As commissioner I’m in charge of 50 percent of the annual county budget which includes both the county jails as well as the law enforcement team. Please do your research on the candidates running and choose who you feel in your heart is the most qualified. I’d love to continue serving you."
Land, who considers Robinson a friend, made the run-off when Robinson did not receive more than 50 percent of the vote.
"Since March 4th, I’ve had support pouring in from all over town congratulating me on my success thus far," Land said. "I’ve talked with several people and look forward to talking to many more. I’m always wanting to make sure I’m out there and available to anyone who would like to keep in touch."
Heard, who virtually did no campaigning before March 4, made the run-off in the Precinct 1 Democratic run-off when top vote-getter Broderick Sargent failed to receive a majority of votes. Sargent, who has refused repeated requests to comment on any Ellis County Press story, ran as a Republican in 2004 for the same seat. Heard could not be reached for comment but his campaign did place an advertisement in this paper on page 7.
Despite the realities that only small percentages of the population will vote in run-off races, the candidates stilll have ground forces to help turn out the vote.
"Tell you what, I just want to be truthful," Land said. "No lies. Being honest with oneself is the most important thing in any race. Be sure to ask yourself what you believe in and follow that instinct. Look at both of our backgrounds and decide who you think will better suit you. I just want the townspeople happy. Honesty is the best policy. We really have appreciated the turnout and hope everyone will come back and do the same this April whether it be during early voting or on April 8th."
Robinson said he would focus on connecting with the people from March 4.
"Talk to as many potential voters as possible," Robinson said. "Encouraging EVERYONE [emphasis his] registered to vote to get out there to return to the polls and vote is extremely important. I’ll be sending out literature as the election draws near and reminding everyone that even though this is a small election what I do here as your commissioner here in Precinct 1 has a tremendous effect on the locals. Please get out there and vote. That’s more important than anything else."