Voting to open for Texas Peanut Producers Board biennial elections

The  Texas  Peanut  Producers  Board will  be  holding  an  election  Jan.  9,  2014,  until  Jan.  23,  2014, for two expiring directors’  seats.

There  is  one  seat open  in  Voting  Region 3,  which  consists  of  the  following  109 counties:  Anderson, Angelina,  Bandera,  Bastrop,  Bell,  Blanco,  Bosque,  Bowie,  Brazos,  Brown,  Burleson,  Burnet,  Caldwell,  Callahan,  Camp,  Cass,  Cherokee,  Clay,  Coke,  Coleman,  Collin,  Comal,  Comanche,  Concho,  Cooke,  Coryell,  Dallas,  Delta,  Denton,  Eastland,  Edwards,  Ellis,  Erath,  Falls,  Fannin,  Franklin,  Freestone,  Gillespie,  Grayson,  Gregg,  Grimes,  Hamilton,  Harrison,  Hays,  Henderson,  Hill,  Hood,  Hopkins,  Houston,  Howard,  Hunt,  Irion,  Jack,  Johnson,  Kaufman,  Kendall,  Kerr,  Kimble,  Lamar,  Lampasas,  Lee,  Leon,  Limestone,  Llano,  Madison,  Marion,  Mason,  McCulloch,  McLennan,  Menard,  Milam,  Mills,  Mitchell,  Montague,  Morris,  Nacogdoches,  Navarro,  Nolan,  Palo  Pinto,  Panola,  Parker,  Rains,  Real,  Red  River,  Robertson,  Rockwall,  Runnels,  Rusk,  Sabine,  San  Augustine,  San  Saba,  Schleicher,  Shelby,  Smith,  Somervell,  Sterling, Sutton,  Tarrant,  Taylor,  Titus,  Tom  Green,  Travis,  Trinity,  Upshur,  Van  Zandt,  Walker,  Williamson,  Wise  and  Wood  counties.

There  is  one  seat open  for  election  of  an  At  Large TPPB  board  member.  The  At  Large  member  may  be  from  any  of  the  254  counties  in  Texas  so  long  as  they  meet  the  requirements  below.

Peanut  producers  eligible  to  vote  in  the  elections  are  persons,  including  the  owner  of  a  farm  on  which  peanuts  are  produced  or  the  owner’s  tenant  or  sharecropper,  engaged  in  the  business  of  producing  peanuts  or  causing  peanuts  to  be  produced  for  commercial  purposes  for  at  least  one  production  period  during  the  three  years  preceding  the  date  of  this  election  (Jan.  23,  2014).  The  producer  must  reside  within  one  of  the  counties  stated  above  to  vote  in  the  respective  voting  region.  

The  elections  will  be  held  by  mail  ballot.  Ballots  containing  the  nominations  of  all  persons  who  have  validly  filed  will  be  available  Jan.  9,  2014,  at  peanut  buying  locations  and  Texas  A&M  AgriLife  Extension  Service offices  in  each  of  the  appropriate  voting  regions,  or  by  writing  TPPB.  Voters  will  be  voting  for  qualified  candidates  who  have  sought  nomination  within  the  respective  TPPB  voting  regions  where  elections  are  to  occur. Voters  may  also  vote  for  board  members  by  “writing  in”  the  name  of  any  eligible  persons.  All  voters  otherwise  qualified  to  vote  as  corn  producers  must  reside  in  a  county  within  the  TPPB  voting  region  where  they  seek  to  vote.

For  a  ballot  to  be  valid,  it  must  be  mailed  to  the  TPPB,  4205  N.  I-27,  Lubbock,  Texas  79403,  with  a  postmark  date  of  no  later  than  Jan.  23,  2014.