County judge race is not worth crossing party lines

Early voting in the March 4 Primary Election began today. So, it seems like an appropriate time for me to weigh in on the whole thing.

Now, without giving anyone “permission” to vote in the Republican Primary, I’m pragmatic enough to understand that some otherwise good local Democrats carry some strong opinions about the race for county judge.

That’s fine but, frankly, I’m not sure either candidate is a catch or worth crossing party lines for (and, if you are a precinct chair or want to be one, just don’t do it).

Sure, David Barkemeyer is a nice guy but, first and foremost, he is a Republican. His stance on governing is often right out of the Republican playbook and he is unapologetic in his ideology or in his desire to inject his brand of theology into local governance.

Once upon a time, Frank Summers was, arguably, the most powerful elected Democrat in the county but he lost to Barkemeyer. Frank is trying to get his old job back, but this time he’s running as a Republican because, you know, Barack Obama.

Every now and then, he says something that reminds us of how glad we were that he finally found the courage to come out of the closet and declare to the word that he really is a Republican after all (not that many of us doubt this).


There may be some down-ballot races worthy of your attention but none of those candidates would thank me for a show of public support. I’ll simply say that my primary votes will go to Wendy, Steve and Maxy. And, depending on how I feel that day, maybe Kinky.

Early voting began today. Make sure you have what it takes to have your vote counted (because, you know, Republicans don’t think people can’t be trusted with the right to vote). You can go here or here for more information.


About Richard Stone

... is a husband, a father, a writer, a journalist, an activist, an avid reader of trash science fiction and an occasional folk/bluegrass guitar player. He loves to travel, UT sports, community theater and sharing a good bottle of wine with good friends.
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