LOCAL DEMOCRATS SUE ELECTIONS COMMISSION, ADMINISTRATOR - Wise County's new elections administrator and members of the county's elections commission are named as defendants in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in 271st District Court by the Wise County Democratic Party. Tracy Smith, Democratic Party Chair, filed the lawsuit in opposition to the Sept. 23 appointment of Jim Parker to replace Lannie Noble, who recently resigned his position as elections administrator. Parker was serving as a vice chair for the Wise County Republican Party at the time of the appointment - a position from which he resigned immediately after the meeting. Smith's lawsuit claims the appointment violates the Texas Election Code. Other defendants in the suit are interim County Judge Glenn Hughes, Wise County Republican Party Chair Allen Williamson, Tax Assessor-Collector Monte Shaw and County Clerk Sherry Lemon, all members of the elections commission. Smith is also a member and last week cast the lone vote against Parker's appointment. Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.