What happened? Where am I? Mom?
Apparently, a nearly 40-year-old editor can hit “refresh” on the county elections website only so many times before he passes out. While I was asleep, the totals were posted.
In Texas House District 108, Morgan Meyer captured 47 percent of the 12,291 votes cast. Chart Westcott earned 30 percent, and Court Alley finished with 23 percent.
That means Meyer and Westcott will continue on the campaign trail until a May 27 runoff. In a twisted version of Groundhog Day, the district’s voters will be subjected to 12 more weeks of mailers and robo-calls.
But, hey, at least you won’t be getting any more of those outrageous mailers for the Texas Senate race. Highland Park resident Don Huffines’ strategy of going negative paid off, as he won 50.6 percent of the 49,637 votes cast in District 16, meaning the 2015 edition of the Legislature will be the first since 1989 that won’t include John Carona.
We were keeping an eye on two other races involving Park Cities people:
University Park resident Dan Branch — who vacated the District 108 seat, thereby introducing us all to Alley, Meyer, and Westcott — is headed for a runoff with state Sen. Ken Paxton as they compete for the Republican nomination for attorney general. Branch got 33.5 percent statewide to Paxton’s 44.4 percent.
And Mary Brown of University Park cruised to victory in the five-person Democratic primary for the vacancy in the 301st Family District Court. She earned 64 percent of the 56,149 ballots casts across the county.
With 26 of 66 precincts reporting, Morgan Meyer has come back to the pack a bit. He has 46.6 percent, Chart Westcott has 30.5 percent, and Court Alley has 22.9 percent.
Update at 10:55: With 40 precincts reporting, not much has changed. Meyer is at 46.3 percent, Westcott has ticked up to 30.9 percent, and Alley is holding steady at 22.8 percent.
University Park resident Mary Brown, one of five Democrats vying for the vacant judge’s seat in the 301st Family District Court, earned 65.13 percent of the 28,610 votes cast in early balloting.
The next-highest total went to assistant district attorney Craig Bonham, who earned 15.66 percent. Another University Park resident, former judge David Hanschen, got 9.39 percent.
Highland Park High School graduate George White received 5.29 percent of the county-wide vote, and Lawrence J. Praeger brought up the rear with 4.53 percent.
Leigh Bailey, the University Park Democrat who will face the winner of today’s primary in District 108, offered some encouraging words via Twitter tonight:
As the results come in, this is a time to thank everyone who ran. Win or lose, it's tough to put yourself out there. #txlege
— Leigh Bailey (@Leigh_Bailey) March 5, 2014
(2/2) But your willingness to offer voters a choice is what makes our democracy work. #txlege
— Leigh Bailey (@Leigh_Bailey) March 5, 2014
Meanwhile, we’re still waiting for one precinct to report results of today’s voting.
Morgan Meyer captured 48 percent of the 6,171 early votes cast in the Republican primary for Texas House District 108. Chart Westcott got 29 percent, and Court Alley had 22 percent. (I know those three percentages add up to only 99; I’m rounding.) A strong showing on Election Day could give Meyer the election outright; he’d need 50 percent to avoid a runoff against the second-place candidate.
Things are much more neck-and-neck in the other Republican primaries involving Park Cities people. In state Senate District 16, Don Huffines got 50.3 percent to John Carona’s 49.7 percent. And in the attorney general’s race, Dan Branch’s 42.8 percent was right behind Ken Paxton’s 43.2 percent, with Barry Smitherman bringing up the rear at 14 percent.
Preston Center Dance’s Senior Elite Drill Company and Junior Elite Drill Company finished their season in February. Both teams won numerous trophies and awards such as the Super Sweepstakes Award (scores of 90 or higher from all judges). Also, each team earned awards in technique and choreography, as well as the prestigious High Point award. All but one of the team members are residents of the Park Cities or attend Highland Park schools. Both teams are under the direction of Ika Chigogidze and Julia Rick.
The Mermaid Queens are a group of YMCA Adventure Princesses. They are also second-graders at University Park Elementary School who have been in the same tribe since kindergarten. On Feb. 15, their dads escorted them to the Princess Banquet at the Hyatt Regency Dallas.
Pictured, from left, are Nola and Bill Carroll, Taylor and Michael Passanante, Isabella and James Davis, Ryan and Tom Madine, Ava and Buddy Anslinger, Sophia and Steve Hamilton, Ellie and Graham Irvine, Brooke and Tim Getzoff, and Caleigh and Neal England.
Editor’s note: A version of this story appears in the March edition of Park Cities People.
Gayle Harrison was just looking for a job when she walked into Tom Workman’s office. What she got was a career.
Gayle and her mother, Dorothy, bought a dollhouse-supply store from Workman in 1974. They’ve been in the business ever since, but that business isn’t what it used to be. The Bluffview residents plan to close their store, Through the Keyhole, by month’s end.
“There’s some girls who love their dollhouses, and I have some ladies who love their dollhouses, but there’s just not enough of them,” Gayle said.
With this being Fat Tuesday, today seems like a good time to tell you that a couple of Park Cities-area co-eds were presented as princesses last month at the Washington Mardi Gras, an event hosted by the Mystick Krewe of Louisianans in Washington, D.C.Miranda “Mandy” Tucker Morgan is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Joseph McAuliffe of University Park and the late Herbert Tucker Morgan. She is a 2012 graduate of Highland Park High School, where she was a member of the Highland Belles drill team. Mandy is a sophomore at Louisiana State University, double-majoring in political science and communication studies. She is an active member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
Elizabeth Cecile Bicknell is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Todd Bicknell of Greenway Parks, and she is a 2012 graduate of the Episcopal School of Dallas. Elizabeth is a sociology major at Louisiana State University, where she is an active member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
In December, both young ladies were also honored by the Demoiselle Club of Shreveport, La., as debutantes at their annual presentation ball at the Shreveport Country Club, following a full season of celebrations in Northwest Louisiana.
The polls have been open for nearly three hours, but they’ll stay open for about nine more. If you haven’t decided who to vote for in the Republican primary for Texas House District 108, let’s review.
The three men seeking to replace Dan Branch — Highland Park High School graduate Court Alley, University Park resident Morgan Meyer, and Park Cities native Chart Westcott — don’t differ much in terms of policy. When they’re asked to detail their positions on a particular issue during forums, the first guy to speak does so, and the other two basically say, “I agree.” So voters will have to base their decision on the candidates’ biographies and resumes.
Each man has at least one “I’m the only candidate in this race who …” statement he can make. Alley, 34, says he’s the only one who owns a small business; he runs Caruth Marketing largely from his home. Meyer, 39, says he’s the only one who won’t need on-the-job training, due to his 15 years of experience as a litigator. He also says he’s the only one with “skin in the game” when it comes to education, because his daughters are enrolled in public school. And Westcott, 28, says he’s the only one who has experience “getting things done in Austin,” because he lobbied legislators on behalf of the National Association to Protect Children and he was appointed to the Texas Real Estate Commission.
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