TEXAS–The deadline for filing for the March 3 primary election passed Monday. Congressman Lance Gooden, U.S. House of Representatives Dist. 05 drew an opponent in the Republican Primary on the last day, Dec. 9. The Texas Secretary of State website lists Don Hill, an attorney from Dallas as his lone opponent in the primary race. On the Democrat side, Palestine Physician Dr. Carolyn Salter has thrown her hat in the ring.
In the State race, State Representative Dist. 4 Keith Bell is unopposed.
Henderson County Attorney Clint Davis and Sheriff Botie Hillhouse are unopposed, as is former Assistant District Attorney Jenny Palmer. Current District Attorney Mark Hall announced recently he would not seek re-election.
Precinct 1 Commissioner Scotty Thomas did not seek a full term. Thomas filled the unexpired term of Ken Hayes when he passed away November 2018. Contenders for that seat are Keith Pryor, Brad Skiles and Wendy Spivey.
Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken Geeslin passed away Dec. 3, leaving his seat open with candidates able to join the race until Dec. 16. So far, Mark Wade is listed as a Republican candidate. Precinct 4 Commissioner Charles “Chuck” McHam is unopposed. Precinct 3 Constable David Grubbs and Precinct 5 Constable Brad Miers drew no opponents. The Precinct 4 Constable race pits incumbent John Floyd against Investigator Josh Rickman.
Kaufman County Sheriff Bryan Beavers has two opponents in the March Primary, Clint McNear from Forney, who lists his occupation as Consultant and Deputy Mitchum Patterson.
County Tax Assessor-Collector Brenda Samples is unopposed.
Precinct 1 Commissioner Mike Hunt will face Terry Crow and Emily Norwood in March. Precinct 3 Commissioner Terry Barber faces Timothy Minter.
Precinct 4 Constable Vanessa Brooks is unopposed. Brooks has served as Chief Deputy Constable for Precinct 4 since the death of Chad Jones in June 2018. In other Constable races, Pct. 1 incumbent Shawn Mayfield faces Realtor David Rogers, Pct. 2 incumbent Jason Johnson faces former Deputy Ernesto Zepeda and Pct. 3 incumbent Keith Stephens faces Deputy Matt Woodall.