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AUSTIN - Brushing aside the Republican Party of Texas's arguments, Travis County District Judge Margaret Cooper ruled today that Bill Dingus is eligible to run for State Representative against Speaker Tom Craddick.
"It's a victory for democracy in West Texas," Dingus
"Now that the leaders of the Republican Party have failed to knock me off the ballot, we can focus on answering a fundamental question: Which candidate will bring change to the Texas House?"
Previously, attorneys for the Republican Party of Texas had argued that Dingus was ineligible to run because he was still serving on the Midland City Council when he filed for State Representative.
resigned from the council in April and his replacement will be elected in July, the two terms will not overlap, Hicks said.
"I'm ecstatic that the legal sparring is behind us and we can start talking about supporting our local public schools, making health care more accessible and affordable, getting rid of the new taxes on small businesses, and stopping the Trans-Texas Corridor," Dingus
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Former Midland City Council Member Bill Dingus won a victory in court Monday to run ,
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Dingus reacts to victory, will challenge Craddick in House race
...AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) -- Former Midland City Council Member Bill Dingus won a victory in court Monday to run against Rep.
...But, Monday it looks like this Midland election was partially decided in Travis County, when a district judge ruled that because Dingus resigned from his city council position in Midland, he is allowed to be in the running for state representative.
"We have a man who doesn't want anybody to run against him," Dingus
may have overcome one hurdle, he
still has a tough road ahead of him.He
plans to run in Midland against Speaker of the House Tom Craddick, a representative who has walked the halls of the Texas Capitol for 40 years.
"I decided to run against Tom really back when he declared he had absolute authority at the end of the last session," Dingus
hopes this recent uprising will help him rise to power in a Republican majority district.
...The Texas Republican Party
still contends that Dingus
is ineligible to be on the ballot in November since he
filed to run when he
was still on the Midland City Council
"The freedom of choice is dear to me," Dingus
said."It's dear to every American, and I think it's un-American to shove people off the ballot for no more reason than this."
Another point of disagreement between the two parties in this case: What choice will the voters make when they get their chance in November?
"Unfortunately, now that Mr. Dingus
has litigiously fought his way back on to the ballot, we look forward to beating him in November as well," Klingler said.
"We've beat Tom Craddick once and we'll beat him again," Dingus
..."Throughout this process, the Texas Democratic Party has sought to make sure Mr. Dingus was eligible to run and to make certain the voters of HD 82 have a clear choice for Texas State Representative.
was bumped from the ballot at the urging of the Texas Republican Party
, which said Dingus
had not resigned his
at-large Council seat before running.That's illegal.
Days later, Dingus
resigned.So now Dingus has taken his
case back to court, filing suit against the Texas Democratic Party, to see if he
can be returned to the November ballot.
The case is on a rotating ducket, so it's unclear which judge will hear the case on Monday.A federal court sided with the state Republican Party in April, ruling Dingus did not have the eligibility to run for state representative since he had not first resigned from City Council.
The Texas Constitution says a candidate cannot hold two paid state positions, although a 1996 federal court ruling following a Midland election said council members could announce candidacy for any office under the assumption they would resign once sworn into the new position.The state's Democratic Party and the Texas Secretary of State are the only non-judicial entities that can rule on Dingus' eligibility, and since the secretary of state would not be able to rule until after the general election, Dingus filed suit with the party.
office and the state's Republican Party were informed when the lawsuit was filed.
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First, we have Bill Dingus ...
First, we have Bill Dingus resigning from the Midland City Council, and we have the largest non-governmental employer in Midland, Basic Energy, merging with Grey Wolf.