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The Ellis County Press

AUSTIN - Senate District 22 faces a second visit to the polls since Senator Kip Averitt – R, Waco resigned for medical reasons in March and the third for the district since the Republican Primaries.

Governor Rick Perry called the Senate District 22 run-off to be held Saturday, June 22 because none of the four candidates running Saturday, May 8 received a majority of the votes cast, more than 50 percent, as required by the Texas Election Code.

Republicans David Sibley and Brian Birdwell pulled in the most votes at 48.1 percent and 30.27 percent respectively. Democrat Gayle R. Avant came in third with 13.55 percent and Darren Yancy closing fourth with just 7.37 percent in a four -way race.

Birdwell, a U.S. Army Veteran and David Sibley, former Mayor of Waco, will face each other in the declared run-off.

"I know this will be the third time Senate District 22 voters have been asked to visit the polls for this race, but choosing a new senator is more important than ever as the state is facing a number of crucial issues, including a budget deficit recently estimated at $18 billion," said Sibley.

Sibley served as state senator from 1991-2002 and was recognized three times by Texas Monthly as one of the "Top Ten Best Legislators in Texas".

"On June 22, conservatives in SD 22 will have the opportunity to send shock waves through the Texas political establishment," said Birdwell.

"Grassroots voters are working to take back their government.  These same trends are at work in our campaign, as evidenced by our strong showing on May 8 despite being outspent more than four to one."

Birdwell was staff officer at the Pentagon on 9/11 when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building. Over 60 percent of his body was badly burned and he has endured 39 operations working to rebuild his body. 

Each candidate promises to stand their ground listening to their constituents and enforcing conservative values.

"This environment does not bode well for my opponent, but we must finish the job. Our message of lower taxes, more freedom, less government, and fidelity to our conservative principles is taking root. The run-off election is a clear choice between a conservative citizen legislator and a lobbyist.  I believe the people will send a message that this State Senate seat does not belong to lobbyists or special interests.  It belongs to the people," said Birdwell.

Senate District 22 covers the counties of Bosque, Coryell, Ellis, Falls, Hill, Hood, Johnson, Mclennan, Navarro and Somervell.

"Since the May 8 special election, I have continued to travel the district and listen to the citizens. What I am hearing is that people want someone to go to Austin and fight for their conservative values.

"I believe I am the most qualified candidate to represent Senate District 22. If elected, I will fight  to reduce government spending, increase border security, protect our states rights against the overreaching federal government, fight Obama care, protect private property rights and defend our conservative family values, said Sibley.

Early voting takes place June 14-18.

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