Crowded Field of Candidates

Anita Miller


A crowded field has emerged for some races in the Democratic and Republican March primaries, while candidates for others are running unopposed.

Will Conley, former Pct. 3 Commissioner, is unopposed in his bid for the Republican nomination for County Judge but Democrats Abel Velasquez and Ruben Becerra will face off. Velasquez formerly ran against current County Judge Bert Cobb and Becerra narrowly lost the race for mayor of San Marcos last year.

In the race for judge of County Court at Law No. 1, incumbent Robert Earl Updegrove is unopposed in the Republican primary. In the race for County Court at Law No. 2, Republican Chris Johnson is challenging incumbent David S. Glickler. There is no Democratic candidate for either of those offices.

Incumbent Beverly Cowan Crumley, a Republican, is unopposed in either primary or general election for District Clerk, while in the race for Hays County Clerk, Democrat Elaine Hanson Cardenas and Republican incumbent Liz Q. Gonzalez are both bound for the general election in November.

Republicans Britney Bolton Richey and Kelly R. Kilber are both unopposed in their bids for County Treasurer and County Surveyor, respectively. Incumbent Treasurer Michelle Tuttle, a Republican, is not seeking another term.

Incumbent County Commissioner Pct. 2 Mark Jones, a Republican, is unopposed in the primary; however Democrats Elizabeth B. Guidry and Richard W. Cronshey will face off for the nomination of their party.

Running for County Commissioner Precinct 4 are Jimmy Skipton and Walt Smith in the Republican primary. Omar Baca is unopposed on the Democratic side. The incumbent, Republican Ray Whisenant, is not running for re-election.

Democrat Maggie Hernandez Moreno, who is the incumbent Justice of the Peace Pct. 1, Place 2 will face challenger Lisa Hernandez DeLeon in their party's primary. There is no Republican filed to run for that spot.

Incumbent Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Beth Smith, a Democrat, faces no primary foe and will face Republican James H. Kohler in November.

Incumbent Justice of the Peace Pct. 3 Republican Andrew W. Cable faces no opposition in either the primary or general election. The race for Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 is a different story. Incumbent Terry Kyle is not running for re-election and there is no Democratic candidate. Facing off for the Republican nomination in March are Jason Carter, John Burns and Robert Avera.

Democrat Scott J. Cary is unopposed in the race for Justice of the Peace Precinct 5 as is Republican challenger Karen Marshall.

Republican Lon Shell, who was appointed to replace Conley as Precinct 3 Commissioner, is facing Colin McFerrin in their party's primary while Democrats Jayme M. Sutton and Jimmy Alan Hall will battle for their party's nomination.

The announcement by longtime U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith that he would not seek another term opened up that race, which drew 16 candidates. Current State Rep. Jason Isaac is seeking the Republican nomination, as are former San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz, Al. M. Poteet, Eric Burkhart, Foster Hagen, Ivan Andarza, Mat McCall, Mauro Garza, Petty Wardlaw, Robert Stovall, Samuel Temple, and William Negley. Vying for the Democratic nomination are Derrick Crowe, Elliott McFadden, Joseph Kopser and Mary Street Wilson.

In the race for U.S. Rep. District 25, incumbent Republican Roger Williams is unopposed. In the battle for the Democratic nod drew Chetan Panda, Chris Perri, Julie Oliver, Kathi Thomas and West Hansen.

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, a Democrat, is unopposed in the primary. He will face Republican David Smalling in November.

State Senator Donna Campbell, a Republican representing District 25, will face challenger Shannon K. McClendon in March; while Democrats Jack Guerra and Steven King will vie for a place on the November ballot.

Running for State Rep. District 45 are Republicans Amber Pearce, Amy Akers and Austin Talley. On the Democratic side are Erin Zwiener, Les Carnes and Rebecca Bell-Metereau.

Both primaries will be held on March 6 with a possible run-off date of May 22. The last day to register to vote in the primaries is Monday, Feb. 5. Early voting will begin Tuesday, Feb. 20 and run through Friday, March 2.

Editor’s Note:

While the filing deadline was Monday, December 11 at 6 p.m., counties do not have to certify the list of candidates until December 19. The state of Texas does not have to certify the list until December 20. This means that additional names could be added to the ballot in the coming days.











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