Breckenridge Texan

Slate of local candidates for March Primary Election complete

December 12
06:23 2017

When the deadline for signing up as a candidate in the 2018 Primary Election on March 6 ended Monday, several more candidates had thrown their hats in the ring to run in local races.

According to Graham C. Reaugh, Republican County Chairman for Stephens County, in the past week, two more candidates joined the race for Justice of the Peace and two more candidates jumped into the County Commissioner Precinct 4 race. Also, County Treasurer Sharon Trigg picked up a challenger.

In the Justice of the Peace race, Dan Young and James Wrenn, joined Leslie LeBus Blackerby, Phil Devenport and Steve Spoon in the race to replace Michael Roach.

The JP race heated up after Roach announced last month he will not be running for reelection for the office when his term ends in 2018. He has filed to run as a Republican for the County Judge position.

County Judge Gary Fuller announced he will be retiring when his current term ends in 2018. After Monday’s deadline, Roach was the only candidate for County Judge on either party’s ticket and will go into the Republican Primary unchallenged.

In the Precinct 4 County Commissioner’s race, Jamie V. Whitley and Rodger Yoes, joined Donnie Sechrest, Eric O’Dell and Jim Blancq in the race to replace Precinct 4 Commissioner Rickie Carr who will be retiring when his terms ends in 2018. In the Precinct 2 County Commissioner’s race there are three candidates, Bear Grissom, Mark Campbell and Mark McCullough, signed up to run as Republicans. They are vying to replace Precinct 2 Commissioner D.C. “Button” Sikes, who also announced he will be retiring after his term ends in 2018.

In the County Treasurer’s race, Robin McCarthy has signed up on the Republican ticket to challenge incumbent Sharon Trigg, who is seeking reelection. Reaugh said Stephens County Clerk Jackie Ensey and  District Clerk Christie Coapland have applied for reelection. Reaugh is also running unopposed for Stephens County Republican County Chair.

On the Democratic side, Stephens County Chairman Tommy Thompson said no candidates signed up for any of the Stephens County Democratic races.

Story by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan

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