Abilene Reporter News, May 5, 1974

Abilene Reporter News

May 05, 1974

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - May 5, 1974, Abilene, Texas Mm "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron 93RD YEAR, NO. 322 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SUNDAY MORNING, MAY 5, 1974 PAGES IN FIVE SECTIONS 25c SUiVDAY -He Sute Briscoe Grabs 70% Ponies Falter Badly By ROBERT E. FOKI) Associated Press Writer Texas voters deluged Gov. Dolph Hriscoe with a storm of "votes in Saturday's Democrat- ic primary to hand him re- nomination to the stale's lu'gh- est office. His victory was complete, for shortly after polls closed, Hie Democratic faithful met in precinct conventions through- out Texas and voted him con- trol of the party machinery- critical for the 1976 presiden- tial nomination maneuvering. Frances "Sissy" Parenlhold, handicapped by a lack of cam- paign money and professional organization, faded away. Two years ago, she gave Briscoe a fight for the governor's nomi- nation. At a late count, Briscoe had 70 per cent of the vote and Mrs. Farenthold 25 per cent. Two also-rans split the other five per cent. Voters again smashed a pro- posal that Texas legalize pari- mutuel race track betting on a local option basis and may have killed the issue for a long time. The wagering issue was only give the legisla- ture an insight into the think- ing of the electorate. Added to other defeats over the years, the matter seemed in dire straits. Both Republicans and Democrats defeated tile bet- ting proposal. Voting swung heavily to challenged incumbents in the district races for the U.S. House. Republicans in a separate primary nominated Jim Cran- berry, Lubbock dentist, for governor over Fort Worth law- yer Odell McBrayer. Gaylord Marshall won GOP nomination Martin, Young Runoff Due in 61st District By DON FI.ORES Reporter-News Staff Writer Incumbent State Rep. Elmer Martin of Colorado City fell 167 votes short.of getting 50 per cent of the votes for the 61st Legislative District Demo- cratic nomination in Satur- day's primary. Martin, 58, will oppose Abi- lene attorney Mike Young, who trailed "Martin by votes in a runoff election. No Republicans filed for the of- fice. The former Mitchell County Judge led his two Abilene op- ponents in three of the five counties in the district. Dis- trict 61 consists of Fisher, Jones, Mitchell, Nolan and much of Taylor County. M. Alton Staggs, president og Big Country Dodge in Abi- lene, came in third in the unofficial returns. The unofficial complete re- turns late Saturday night showed Martin with Young, and Staggs, Martin led in the balloting in Mitchell, Fisher and Nolan counties while Young led in Jones and Taylor counties. Mitchell County gave t h e freshman legislator, who is seeking a second term, better than SO per cent of the vote. Martin received Yc-ng ELMER MARTIX in runoff 98, .nnd' Staggs, 129. .The 25-year-old Young re- corded .his best showing in Jones County where he collect- ed of the vote. Martin Jogged 925 voles and Staggs had 759. fn Taylor County, Young, an Abilene school board member, led the other two candidates for the office with Staggs followed with 923 and Martin trailed with 635. Commenting on the race from his Colorado Citv home, Martin said, "I'm very happy, with the very fine vole from the "It is significant the voters Faro bee Snatches Seat From Finnell By JIM HAGLUND Reporter-News Sunday Editor. Ray Farabee of Wichita Falls overpowered State Hep. Charles Finnell of Holliday won the Democratic nomi- nation for State Senate, Dis- trict :ifl, Saturday. Early Sunday, "with all but four of 29 counties complete, the tally stood: Farabee Finnell Farabee officials claimed victory late Saturday 'and is- sued a stalemcnl praising "a real fine effort" by the volun- teer campaign staff. "We're really looking for- ward lo (he general election .in N n v e m b e a Spokesman said. Farabee will face Mrs. Mary Kirchhoff of Plainview, a Republican, in November. MKAMVUH.E, refused lo concede. Earlier Saturday, lie said in a state- ment: "At this time we will not concede due to the fact that several prime counties have not reported their to- tals." The four-term veteran of the Texas legislature was seeking the senate seat with a cam- paign that stressed his experi- ence in Austin. Far.ibee campaigned on his own business experience and maturity and said the voters wanted candidate who liad nol been in the Legislature. Farabee, who won 25 of tits 20 counties in the district which has been represented by Sen. Jack Ilightowcr of Vcr- non, rolled up some of his placed Elmer Martin definilly as the lead candidate" he said. He added, "My campaigning is based on the fact of my legislative record, my small tnivn residency and my liveli- hood as proof of my effective- ness in Austin for our five- county district. "I wish to express my sin- cere thanks for the tremendous confidence expressed by the voters Saturday for this lie- cord and for my reelection to a second Martin said.' JIartin also said, "In the runoff ahead, again I'll be handicapped in cainpagning. "My responsibililies lo Ihe historical Texas Constitutional Convention, which reconvenes Holiday in Austin, will keep me in Austin, away from Dis- trict 61 and its good cities dur- ing almost the entire runoff he said. "How- ever. I believe the citizens of Nolan, Mitchell, Fisher, Jones and Taylor counties will un- derstand this handicap." Martin's opponent in Ihe run-off, Young, said, "We in- tend to redouble our effort and through hard work will win in the runoff. "I don't feel that Mr. Martin will sustain his edge in the iwal areas once those consti- tuents 1mely understand how ineffective his representation has been up to this Young added. He also said, "lie (Martin) has claimed credit for every- thing except the spring rains." Staggs said Saturday night he would delay comment until Monday. for lieutenant governor over Troy Skates. In other Democratic state- wide contests, all incumbents were renominated. Bob Bull- ock, former Texas secretary of state, won the nomination for the onlj' office where the incumbent retired, winning the party nomination for comp- troller over Hugh Edburg. Briscoe ran on a platform of harmony within state govern- ment and holding spending within income. Also he held the usual advantage of an in- cumbent over a challenger. Mrs. Farenthold last her main campaign plank of two years demand to "throw the rascals out" of the statehouse. Briscoe never was connected even remotely lo the Sharpstown' bribery scan- dals and no scandal has touched his administration. The challenger captured no counties although she won more than a dozen in the 1972 first primary when she trailed Hriscoe by votes and lost by only in the run- off. Republicans soundly ap- proved putting right-to-work and anti-state income tax provisions in the constitution now being rewritten. These, too, were only advisory. Texas Election Uufeau re- turns at 12 midnight from 225 of 254 counties, 158 complete: DEMOCRATS: Governor: Sieve Alexander Gov. Dolph Briscoe Frances FarenUiold W: If. Posey Comptroller: Bob Bullock Hugh Edburg Treasurer: Jesse James Don Yarbrough Agriculture Commissioner: Herbert Schroeder John mite Railroad Commissioner: C. A. Kelly Mack Wal- lace Pari-mutuel belting: For 340.677, against REPUBLICANS: 106 coun- ties, 85 complete: Governor: Jim Cranberry Odell McBrayer i.t. Gov.; Gaylord Marshall Troy Skates 9.445. Right-fo-work: For 41.189, against Prohibit state income tax: For against Pari-mutuel betting: For 20.682, against County Jones Taylor TOTALS Martin SU99S in 759 U3S 2! I 1.70! i! M7 ?12 635 m RAY I'ARABKE Wichita Falls man wins most impressive edges in Big Country counties. THE 41-YEAR-OLD Wichita Falls businessman-lawyer, making his first try for elec- tive office, oulpotlcd Finnell to 612 in Callahan County. And he beat Finnell to 979 in Jones County. To the west of Abilene, Kara- bee was very strong. lie beat Finnell to in Howard County: lie heal Finnell lo in Nolan County; he beat Ihe Holliday legislator to in Scur- ry County; he rolled up voles to CIS for Finnell in Milchell County; and in Fish- Sec FARABEE, Pg. ISA Wide margin, wide smiles Texas Governor and Mrs. Dolph Briscoe's faces reflect the trend bt statewide returns Saturday night in the Democratic primary voting. At p.m. Saturday, Briscoe held a wide.lead over Frances (Sissy) Farenthold, to (AP Wirepho.to) Skaggs Wins Demo Vote; School Post Runoff Due By JiOY JONES II Reporter-News Staff Writer. A total of Taylor County Democrats went to lite polls Saturday to say that they are against gambling of any kind. In addition to downing the pari-mutuel wagering referen- dum by a 2-1 margin, the local Democrats decided against "gambling" on the politics of newcomers, giving the parly's nomination to the in- .cumbent in contested races: Judge Roy Skaggs, facing his first opposition in 12 years, downed attorney Bruce Stubbeman Wins 62nd Nomination Inside Today Where Scandal Matter Now Where is the Watergate matter now? Where does the impeachment ques- tion stand? What hove the transcripts done to the situation? Harry Ros- enthal of AP answers these questions and a box score shows the legal sta- tus of major Watergate figures. Pg. 14A. Calendar 4B Amusement) 1-38 Austin Notebook 5A Berry'i XerM Country Calendar......38 BrMae 23A Business News IOC Classified 11-17C Crossword PuziTe ........24A Iditoriots ........j...... 4A Form News..............7C Horoscope AB Hosoitol Patients UA JumWc Punic HA Market 8-1 DC Obituaries 18C Oil IOC Setting the SCCM 2B Snorts 1-4C Texas 21A This Week in West 11A To Your Good Health 13A TV Teh........... Womcn'c News........ 1-UD By GARY BALDRIDGE Hcporter-News Staff Writer Taking all but one precinct, David Stubbeman defeated Sid MeKinney lo for the Democratic nomination from State Representative District 62. Complete election returns for Taylor County show that the 33-y e a r -o 1 d Stubbeman carried all boxes bill No. 1 at First State Bank, where Me- Kinney took 56 votes lo Slubbcman's 50. Now will go against Republican Rick Clay- ton in the November general election. Clayton was unop- posed in (lie GOP primary- OUT OF (lie 31.176 regis- tered voters of Taylor County who reside in District 62 (most of cast ballots in the legislative race. Although his support was manifest in every precinct, Slubbeman's biggest totals came in Precincts 5, 6 and -19. Precinct 5, the Old Boy -Scout Headquarters at 33C9 S. llth, gave Slnlibcman 305 votes lo McKinney's 204. At the attorney's own precinct, No. 6 al Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, he received 299 votes lo 188 for MeKinney. The lenth largest box. No. 49 at Johnston School in onrth- west Abilene, gave SUVbeman 285 votes lo McKinney's 181. Bolh candidates van quiet, low-key campaigns, counting on individual voter contact' and small social events rate than public aopearances and speaking engagements. And both were surprised at what thye considered lo be a poor voter turnout. "IT MAS a race where both Mr. MeKinney and 1 were run- ning for the office and not against siubbcinan Sec STUBREMAN, Pg. ISA Evans by a comfortable mar- gin of better than 2-1, carrying every one of the' county's 46 boxes in the process. G. who served under retiring Clive Pierce for the last 15 years, lopped the five-man field in the county school superintend- ent's race. He will face leach- cr-businessman LaWayne Har- ris in the June 1 runoff after Han-is survived a battle with teacher Bob Thompson which went to the last box. (All three defeated candi- dates said later Saturday they will swing their support to Yarbrough in the run-off elec- tion.) A RACE which wasn't decided until the last box was in, County Democratic Chair- man Larry Cunningham with- stood the "challenger of attor- ney Charles Scarborough, fi- nally winning by 125 voles in the closest race of the. night. no incumbent in the race for state represent- ative. District 62, but Taylor Countians gave attorney Dav- id Stubbeman a to victory over insuranceman Sid MeKinney. Stubbeman will face Republican Rick Clayton in November's general elec- tion. In the other state represen- tative race, Taylor County Democrats gave Abilene attor- ney Mike Young a 2-1 over incumbent Elmer. Martin' of Colorado City, Young needed every one oi the Taylor County votes, too, as Martin scored heavily in Hie other counties to take a commanding lead .and miss winning without a by less than 200 votes. THE FINAL Taylor County figures gave Young to 635 for Martin and 923 for Abilene businessman Alton Staggs, in the race for the Dist. Ijp nomi- nation. There is no Republican opponent in November. In the statewide races, Taylor County Democrats con- tinued their trend of backing "incumbents" in nearly all of the races: They gave Gov. Dolph Bris- coe margin of better than 4-1 over challenger Sissy Far- enthold to backed incumbent state Treas- urer Jesse James by to over Donald B. Yar- brough; Commissioner of Ag- riculture John C. White over Herbert A. (Peanut) Sehroe- cler; Railroad Commissioner Mack Wallace' over challenger C. A. Kelly. Toombs, Ezzell in Runoff By OEKALVllNi: SATTEinVHITK Reporter-News Staff Writer Borden County Judge Glenn Toombs wil face Michael H. E z z c 11, Snyder Elementary School counselor, in a runoff for the Democratic nomination for the 63rd Legislative scat being vacated by Renal li. Rosson of Snyder." Toambs got a total of voles in the district thai in- cludes Borden, Coke, Dawson, Howard, Scurry and Sterling counties. Ezzcli, with voles, carried both his own county, Scurry, and Borden County in the. closely contest- ed race. Thomas, wife of a liig Spring attorney and the third candidate for the Democratic nomination, got voles. Uosson, who is serving his eighth term in the Legislature, did not seek re-election. Winner of the runoff election Gl.ENN TOOMBS Rordcn County judge face Republican candidate John R. (Rich) Anderson, Bor- dcn County rancher, in the November general ejection. Anderson, 44, ran against Rosson in 1972 and lost' by about 1.300 votes.. Once a Democrat, he ran or the Con- stitutional parly trdwt jn I960 against U.S. Ma- lion (D-Litbbock) and got about 25 per cent ot the votes. Toombs. a native of Merkel, is serving his first term as Borden County judge. He served the county as deputy sheriff from 1959 lo 1963. He- attended Amarillo Junior Col- lege and Texas Tech Universi- ty. Kzzell is (rom Wharton and was graduated from Abilene Christian College in 1968 and received his M.Ed degree from ACC in 1969. He moved lo Snyder in 1967. County Bordn Cckt DOVVJ041 Hoy.ard Scurry Sterling To loll Emu toombi 115 USS im 4) in 1851 UM Id sirt ;