Lopez runs for Senate; Republicans only in local races

By Kristen Tribe | Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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Bridgeport City Councilman Kevin Lopez filed Monday to run for state senator, District 30.

Lopez is running as a Democrat and has no opponent in the March 6 primary election. He’ll face the winner of the Republican primary – incumbent Craig Estes, Pat Fallon or Craig Carter – in the November 2018 election.

Davey Edwards of Alvord is running for Texas land commissioner. He will face incumbent George P. Bush, Jerry Patterson of Austin and Rick Range of Sherman in the March 6 Republican primary. Miguel Suazo of Austin and Tex Morgan of San Antonio will run for land commissioner in the Democratic primary.

Rep. Phil King is running unopposed for his District 61 seat, and District Judge Brock Smith, who is two months into his appointment, is running unopposed in the 271st Judicial District.

In Wise County, no Democrats filed to run for local office, but the Republican ballot is stacked with five contested races for the primary election.

Those races and the candidates include: (Incumbents are noted with an asterisk.)

  • Precinct 2 county commissioner – Kevin Burns*, Johnny Wall
  • County clerk – Sherry Coursey Lemon*, Julie Schooling
  • Precinct 2 justice of the peace – Ashly Coker DoByns, Callie Watts Manning*, Kim Redman, Tammy Cowley Sosa
  • Precinct 4 justice of the peace – Todd Bailey, Willie Garrett, Kent C. “Bucky” Manoushagian
  • Precinct 3 constable (remainder of unexpired term) – Charles B. Applewhite, Cary Mellema, Terry N. Terry, Tony White

Candidates running unopposed for county office are:

  • County Court-at-Law No. 1 judge – Melton D. Cude*
  • County judge – J.D. Clark*
  • Precinct 4 county commissioner – Gaylord Kennedy*
  • County treasurer – Katherine Canova Hudson*
  • District clerk – Brenda Starnes Rowe*
  • Precinct 1 justice of the peace – Jan Morrow*
  • Precinct 3 justice of the peace – Mandy Hopkins Hays*

Republican voters will also elect a local party chair in the March primary. Longtime Party Chair Allen Williamson announced Monday night he will not seek another term. Eric Marney, whom Williamson recruited according to a press release, is running unopposed for the post.

“He has been the vice chairman for many years and is an outstanding individual and will do a wonderful job,” Williamson said in the press release.

Williamson, who was appointed chairman in 2007 and elected in 2008, said he plans to stay active in the local party and Republican politics.

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