Primary filing winds down; local races contested
With less than a week left to file to run for political office in the 2014 Primary Election, several local positions are being contested.
The filing deadline is Dec. 9. Early voting is Feb. 18, 2014, through Feb. 28, 2014. Election Day is March 4, 2014.
County commissioner for Precinct 4, which covers Diboll, is once again a sought-after position with incumbent Scott Cooper being challenged by fellow Republicans Bill Brown and Bobby Cheshire.
Incumbent Esther Barger has filed as a Republican for Precinct 4 justice of the peace.
Incumbent Bradley Stringer and Pat Grubbs have filed as Republicans for Precinct 3 justice of the peace.
Other candidates who have filed for county races are:
County judge, Republican – Wes Suiter;
County treasurer, Republican — incumbent Deborah Huffman;
County clerk, Republican — Crystal Brent and Amy Fincher;
District clerk, Republican — incumbent Reba Ellison Squyers;
County Court-at-Law No. 1 judge, Republican — Todd Kassaw and Joe Lee Register;
County Court-at-Law No. 2 judge, Republican – incumbent Derek Flournoy;
Precinct 1 county commissioner, Republican — Kyle Looney, Greg Harrison and incumbent Steve Allen;
Precinct 2 county commissioner, Republican – David Stua;
Precinct 2 county commissioner, Democrat – incumbent Kenneth Timmons;
Precinct 1 justice of the peace, Republican — incumbent Billy Ball;
Precinct 2 justice of the peace, Republican — incumbent Donnie Puckett;
159th District Court judge, Republican — incumbent Paul E. White;
217th District Court judge, Republican — Bob Inselmann.
Where to file
Republican Primary — 118 S. Second St. in Lufkin. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9. For more information, call Angelina County Primary Chair Robert Flournoy at 936- 639-4466.
Democratic Primary – Lufkin Labor Temple, 1111 Old Gobblers Knob Road. Office hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9. For more information , call Angelina County Democratic Chair James Wark at 936-635-3584 or the Democratic Primary Office at 699-3367.
Local state races
District 57 state representative, Republican – incumbent Trent Ashby;
District 3 state senator, Republican – incumbent Robert Nichols.
Republican: John Cornyn, Dwayne Stovall and Chris Mapp
Democrat: Maxey Marie Sch-err and Michael “Fjet” Fjetland
Republican: Lisa Fritsch, Secede Kilgore, Miriam Martinez and Greg Abbott
Democrat: Wendy R. Davis and Reynaldo “Ray” Madrigal
Republican: Todd Staples, Jerry Patterson and David Dewhurst
Democrat: Leticia Van de Putte
Republican: Barry Smitherman, Ken Paxton and Dan Branch
Democrat: Sam Houston
Comptroller of Public Accounts
Republican: Glenn Hegar, Debra Medina and Harvey Hilderbran
Democrat: Mike Collier
Commissioner of the General Land Office
Republican: David Watts and George P. Bush
Democrat: John Cook
Commissioner of Agriculture
Republican: Eric Opiela, Tommy Merritt, Sid Miller, J. Allen Carnes
Democrat: Jim Hogan
Republican: Malachi Boyuls
Democrat: Steve Brown
Justice, 12th Court of Appeals
Republican: Jim Worthen