Why Local Democrats Should Consider Crossing Party Lines


SAN ANGELO – As the Democratic Primary approaches in Tom Green County, many Democratic voters may find themselves facing a lack of compelling choices on their party's ballot. With no contested local races and a historical trend favoring Republicans, some may wonder if their vote truly matters in this primary election. However, there's a strategic opportunity that shouldn't be overlooked: participating in the Republican Primary.

Tom Green County hasn't seen a Democrat elected to office in almost two decades, and the reality is that the Republican Party dominates local politics. But this doesn't mean Democratic voices should remain silent. With no significant races on the Democratic ballot, Democratic voters have the chance to influence local politics by participating in the Republican Primary, where several crucial contests are underway.

In the upcoming Republican Primary, five contested local races offer Democratic voters a unique chance to make their voices heard. From the County Commissioner to the Tax Assessor/Collector, these positions hold significant sway over local governance. By participating in the Republican Primary, Democratic voters can engage directly in the selection process for these key roles, potentially shaping the direction of their community for years to come.

Moreover, Texas's open primary system allows voters to cast their ballots in any party's primary, regardless of their party affiliation. This means that Democratic voters are not limited to their own party's ballot but can actively participate in the Republican Primary without sacrificing their ability to vote for Democratic candidates in the general election.

Looking ahead to November, two locally contested races will feature Democratic candidates. Danny Cardenas and Mercedes Delacruz will be vying for County Commissioner positions, offering Democratic voters a chance to support their party's nominees in critical races.

In essence, Democratic voters in Tom Green County have a strategic opportunity in the upcoming primary. By casting their ballots in the Republican Primary, they can have a direct impact on contested local races while still maintaining their ability to support Democratic candidates in the general election. This isn't about abandoning party principles but about leveraging the electoral system to maximize influence and ensure that voices from across the political spectrum are heard in local governance.

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What Joe is saying is that Democrats should vote for the candidate that most reflects their political beliefs. Locally that would be Drew Darby who is a Democrat running as a Republican because he could not win as a Democrat.

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