As the last day of filings for the March 4, 2013 primary elections approaches, candidates at the local, state and federal levels are continuing to place their names on the ballot.
At the county level, Republican incumbent District Attorney Doug Lowe will face Allyson Mitchell on the Republican primary ballot.
Current Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace James W. Westley has filed to run for county judge and will face incumbent Robert Johnston on the March Republican ballot. Westley is forgoing re-election to the JP spot in order to run for the judge's seat.
Newcomer James Sharp, a Republican, has filed to run for Westley's JP spot, with Precinct 2 JP Carl Davis, a Democrat, and Precinct 1 JP incumbent Gary Thomas, a Republican, also filing for re-election.
Republican State District Judges Debra Oakes Evans (87th Judicial District) and Bascom W. Bentley III (369th Judicial District) as well as County Court at Law Judge Jeff Doran, a Republican, all have filed for re-election to their respective seats.
District Clerk Janice Staples and Precinct 4 Commissioner Joey Hill; and Democrat incumbent Precinct 2 Commissioner Rashad Mims I and have all filed for re-election.
Newcomer Republican Michael W. Lumpkins of Palestine has filed for the Precinct 2 Commissioner seat and Republican candidates Mark C. Staples and Misty Cross, both of Palestine, have filed for the county clerk's seat, currently held by Democrat Wanda Burke who recently announced her retirement at the end of 2014.
Republican newcomers Tara Lambright Holliday of Elkhart and Rafael Hernandez of Palestine have filed to run for the country treasurer seat, currently held by Republican Kim Turman, who has not yet filed for re-election.
At the state level, Republican incumbents District 3 State Senator Robert Nichols of Jacksonville and District 8 State Representative Byron Cook of Corsicana had filed for re-election, with Republican Bobby Vickery, also of Corsicana, filing for the District 8 spot as well.