I've considered the options and looked at the candidates for a variety of offices in the state of Texas and Harris County, as well as for President of the United States. Here are my endorsements as Precinct Chair for Precinct 333 in the contested races in this year's primary. Where I deem it appropriate, I will supply additional commentary.
President -- Mitt Romney
I'll admit that I started out supporting John Bolton, and believed a brokered convention might be the only option for the party this year. But Republicans around the country have thrown their support to the former Massachusetts governor, who I endorsed in 2008, and it is my hope that the voters of Texas will do the same.
US Senate -- Ted Cruz
Texas needs a strong conservative senator, and I believe that Ted Cruz has shown himself to be that man. I'm sure we will have a runoff, and it is my belief that Ted Cruz deserves to go head-to-head against David Dewhurst.
CD 36 -- Mike Jackson
There are a lot of candidates running for this new seat, and there may be a runoff. Mike Jackson has been an effective state senator here in SD11, and he has earned my trust over the years. There may be a runoff due to the number of other candidates in the race, and if there is I hope that businessman Stephen Takach is the other candidate.
RR Commissioner -- Warren Chisum
RR Commissioner -- Barry Smitherman
Supreme Court, Place 2 -- Don Willett
Supreme Court, Place 4 -- John Devine
I hate to speak ill of my fellow Republicans who differ with me on this point, but I do not see how anyone can support the reelection of Justice David Medina, given the questions that still surround he and his wife over the fire that destroyed their home.
SBOE, Place 8 -- Linda Ellis
Frankly, I want to see a fellow teacher on the SBOE.
SD 11 -- Dave Norman
If all I knew was that Dave Norman was a conservative, a veteran, a businessman, and a fine family man, I'd support him. Dave Norman has been my friend and neighbor for a decade now, and I can think of nobody I would rather have as my state senator than the guy who showed up with his wife and step-father to help me out after Hurricane Ike without even needing to be called.
HD 129 -- John E. Davis
I've differed with John Davis in the past, and still do. But the reality is that the winner of this primary will be unopposed in November, and I remain more confident in John Davis and his generally conservative record than I am in his opponent.
11th District Court -- Bruce Bain
61st District Court -- George May
127th District Court -- Sonya Aston
129th District Court -- Edward Casanova
133rd District Court -- Sharon J. Hemphill
151st District Court -- Leif Olson
152nd District Court -- Don Self
164th District Court -- Bud Wiesedeppe
174th District Court -- Joe Vinas
177th District Court -- Ryan Patrick
179th District Court -- Lana Shadwick
337th District Court -- Jim Barr
District Attorney -- Mike Anderson
Like it or not, questions and scandal have surrounded the DA's office during Pat Lykos' tenure. That she did not fire an ADA who took the Fifth when asked about her official duties is sufficient in my book to justify turning her out of office and replacing her with a new DA who has experience as both a judge and a prosecutor.
Civil Court At Law, Place 2 -- Theresa Chang
Chang was a fine District Clerk who lost her place in the 2008 Obama wave. She has been a fine judge after being appointed to replace Jack Cagle. I strongly support her.
County Attorney -- Robert Talton
Talton is a good man with a "take no prisoners" attitude. he won't hold back in his race against incumbent Democrat Vince Ryan, whose office is mired in scandal.
County Sheriff -- Carl Pittman
With eight candidates on the ballot, there is sure to be a runoff. I believe Carl Pittman's experience and temperament make him the best candidate on the ballot. His wide experience in law enforcement and business will serve him well as sheriff.
Tax Collector-Assessor -- Mike Sullivan
HCDE, Position 3 -- Mike Wolfe
Constable, Pct 8 -- Phil Sandlin
When Bill Bailey resigned as constable after nearly three decades in that position, he made it quite clear that Phil Sandlin was the most qualified individual for the post. Nobody disagreed with him then, and Sandlin's performance as constable has given us no reason to reconsider that view.
Harris County GOP Chairman -- Paul Simpson
With all due respect to the incumbent, the Harris County GOP needs change at the top to deal with organizational and financial issues. Paul Simpson is ready from Day 1 to work to revitalize our party.