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Texas Boys State 2018: Days 1-2 Observations

Author: Isaac Moncrief

Settling in this week at Texas Boys State we have had a lot to look forward to, and a lot to reflect on.

One thing is for sure: everything is moving incredibly fast.

During only our first day, we elected mayors, members of the Boys State media team, and Olympiad directors to assist with athletics.

Monday, the real hustle and bustle began. Our precinct, county, and state chairs - and their respective committees - have already been decided, as well as our Senators and members of House of Representatives.

Those determined to serve in the other elected position are already out collecting signatures, projecting those values of leadership, honesty, and determination we’re looking for at Texas Boys State.

Signatures are a crucial aspect of any campaign here at Texas Boys State. Statesmen interested in leadership positions must remain proactive, and collect signatures while staying mindful of the rules.

Petitions for other elected offices are due to precinct chairmen tonight. We wish our Statesmen good luck on their campaigns.

But, part of life is learning that not everyone wins. A Statesman who does not win the position he seeks will, no doubt, be discouraged. However, all is not lost. He need only contact with their party chairman to see what ballot vacancies remain. And, usually there are quite a few.

That is the our political system at its rawest: sometimes you do not get what you want. Texas Boys State reminds us that our civic duty is to remain engaged and serve our communities to the best of our ability.

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2017 Texas Boys State General Election Results

Statewide Elected Office
Governor
     G. Smith  (N)

Lieutenant Governor
     J. Cascino (N)

Attorney General
     J. Delgado (F)

Commissioner of Land Office
     C. McKay (F)

Comptroller of Public Accounts
     S. Saxe (N)

Commissioner of Agriculture
     C. Bradford (F)

Railroad Commissioner
     H. Longcrier  (F)
     K. Preston  (N)
     G. Allen (F)

Chief Justice, Supreme Court
     D. Thompson (F)

Associate Justice, Supreme Court
     R. Madden Jr. (F)
     S. Sinak (N)
     J. Dixon Jr. (N)
     J. Collins (N)
     D. Imhoff (F)
     R. Landsaw (F)
     B. Owen (F)
     N. Gates (F)

Pres. Judge, Ct. of Criminal Appeals
     M. Mayo (N)

Assoc. Justice, Ct. of Criminal Appeals
     Z. Smalt (F)
     V. Torres (F)
     D. Mayes (F)
     D. Forestier (F)
     J. Miller (N)
     E. Gonzalez (F)
     J. Palacios (N)
     D. Childress Jr.  (N)
District LevelBrown DistrictDistrict Judge      C. Post (F)

District Attorney
     J. Overcash (F)

District Clerk
     M. Whaley (F)

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