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Political buzz is building as the filing period approaches

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, October 24, 2015
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It’s that time of year.

Political wheels are turning, and folks are contemplating running for office, preparing for a March primary election.

Kristen Tribe

Kristen Tribe

Several candidates have already contacted the Messenger, expressing their interest in seeking office. Lane Akin of Decatur announced his run for sheriff in the midweek paper, and in this issue, County Court-at-Law No. 2 Judge Stephen Wren and Precinct 3 Commissioner Harry Lamance announced their bids for re-election.

The newsroom has been buzzing, wondering which incumbents might draw an opponent and in the case of sheriff, how many hats will be thrown in the ring since David Walker has announced his retirement.

When an incumbent steps down, the race usually draws many candidates, with folks coming out of the woodwork to seek the post.

Of course, we would like to see multiple candidates in not only the sheriff’s race, but also the other elections. It’s good to have a choice, and it’s a benefit to the community at-large to hear multiple ideas and different perspectives on issues.

The Democratic and Republican parties will have primary elections March 1.

The local offices that you will see on the ballot are:

  • district attorney, 271st Judicial District
  • county court-at-law No. 2 judge
  • county attorney
  • sheriff
  • county tax assessor-collector
  • county commissioner, Precinct 1
  • county commissioner, Precinct 3
  • constable, Precinct 1
  • constable, Precinct 2
  • constable, Precinct 3
  • constable, Precinct 4

The official filing period is Nov. 14 through Dec. 14, but candidates may make their intentions known to the public at any time. The Messenger will run candidate announcement stories through Dec. 19. Each story gives the candidate’s background, qualifications and reason for running.

We don’t guarantee placement or size of a story. It is simply a news article announcing a candidate’s intention to run for office.

No announcement stories will run after the Dec. 19 issue as that would be an unfair advantage as the primary approaches, but of course, you will see political ads in every edition up until election day.

This is an exciting time. We admire those who are willing to seek office, and we look forward to meeting each candidate and learning more about their platforms and qualifications.

If you have any questions, call me at 940-627-5987 or email ktribe@wcmessenger.com.

Kristen Tribe is editor of the Messenger.

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