Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1982

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in Tex 1 the state's justice department, causing many Jlitical observers to doubt the entire redistricting 'ocess. hile Thompson and Grubbs avoided facing each other in the election, the ACU pro- fessor did not run unopposed in his bid for the legislature. Robert English, a former student of Thompson's at CU and a black community activist, challenged emocrat Thompson in the partyis state primary, :lieving that his views better reflected Democratic eals than did Thompson's. English was defeated by the incumbent, however, trnering only 800 votes in one of the worst attended ections in 30 years. Voter turnout was encouraged on campus this spring f a new campus political group that helped sponsor a 'ter registration drive in early March. The ACU emocratsi made its debut in 1981-82, and the small oup conducted receptions for noted Democrats such Armstrong and Omar Burleson, a 32-year veteran the U.S. House of Representatives. On a campus that in the 1980 election saw :publican-oriented groups such as the Young epublicans, Young Conservatives and Students for eagan, the ACU Democrats became the sole campus ganization for that party in a state that traditionally ted Democrat. The Republican student movement continued in the rm of the Young Republicans, a group of 10-15 idents. They conducted receptions for party can- Llates including George Strake, former secretary of S state and candidate for Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby,s post. Young Republicans executive committee member Robert Pitman, sophomore history major, was Strake's campus campaign representative. Mary Wynn, senior oral communication major, also promoted candidates on campus, but from the other side of the fence as chairman of the ACU Democrats. Wynn, who described herself as "one of the new voters . . . a Democrat who reserves the right to vote Republican if 1 feel I need to e but I've never felt the need to," worked in the Armstrong campaign. She also participated in Democratic politics as a delegate from her precinct who advanced to the Sept. 10-11 state convention. The oral communication major, who specialized in political communication, said she appreciated the clean campaign Armstrong ran. White's advertising helped his campaign, Wynn said. But, she said, his high visibility as state attorney general made him well-known to Texas voters and was the biggest reason for his primary win. he political advertising she spoke of, as well as other campaign activities, hit a peak locally and statewide in the weeks before the May - primaries. Local television viewers were treated to the usual promises, attacks and rebuttals of political commercials. The primary results brought a temporary lull in the campaigning until the November general election - a lull not unlike a calm before the storm. L Linde Thompson Texas Politics 211

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