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July 23, 2010

Birdwell chosen for November ballot

Corsicana — Brian Birdwell, elected in June to fill out the remainder of State Sen. Kip Averitt’s term as District 22 state senator, will be the Republican candidate for a full term on the November general election ballot.

That decision was made Friday at a meeting of the executive committee of local Republican party chairmen from the counties that make up the district. Birdwell was the unanimous choice, said Frank Steed, Navarro County GOP chairman, who said the group didn’t consider any other choice for the ballot spot.

“The feeling was the citizens of the district had spoken, and picked Brian as their candidate,” Steed said following Friday’s meeting. “We thought it was the right thing to do to put his name on the ballot.”

Steed called Birdwell “a great candidate that will do a terrific job for us for the rest of this year, and will be victorious in November.”

Birdwell won a runoff election in June against former State Sen. David Sibley. Sibley and Birdwell were the top two finishers in the special election ordered after Averitt said he was resigning his seat, forcing the June runoff.

However, Averitt did not act to remove his name from the November ballot until late June, leaving in doubt who would be in the November election. By pulling out of the running, it was left to the county party chairmen in the district to choose a nominee.

Eddie Pevehouse, Navarro County’s Democratic party chair, said last week she was uncertain when the Democratic nominee for the November race in District 22 would be selected.

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Bob Belcher may be reached by e-mail at belcher@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “Soundoff” on this story? E-mail: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

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