PALESTINE — As the first week of filings for the March 4, 2013 primary elections come to a close, candidates at the local, state and federal levels are beginning to toss their proverbial hats into the political ring.
At the county level, Republican incumbents District Attorney Doug Lowe, County Judge Robert Johnston, District Clerk Janice Staples and Precinct 4 Commissioner Joey Hill; and Democrat incumbents Precinct 2 Commissioner Rashad Mims I and Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Carl Davis
have all filed for re-election.
Newcomer Republican Michael W. Lumpkins of Palestine has filed for the Precinct 2 Commissioner seat and Republican candidate Mark Staples has filed for the county clerk's seat, currently held by Democrat Wanda Burke who recently announced her retirement at the end of 2014.
Republican newcomer Tara Lambright Holliday of Elkhart has filed to run for the country treasurer seat, currently held by Republican Kim Turman, who had not filed for re-election as of Friday.
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 election.
Several Texans have cast their bid for election to the state's top spot as governor, with Republicans Miriam Martinez, Lisa Fritsch, (current Texas Attorney General) Greg Abbott and Democrats Wendy R. Davis of Fort Worth and Reynaldo “Ray” Madrigal of Corpus Christi all filing to run in the primary election.
Republicans Barry Smitherman of Houston (current Texas Railroad Commissioner) and Ken Paxton have filed for Abbott's seat as Texas AG, with Republican Glenn Hegar of Katy and Democrat Mike Collier of Kingwood vying for the seat of Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, a Republican.
Several Republican candidates have filed for the state's Commissioner of Agriculture spot, currently held by Palestine's own Todd Staples, who has recently announced his intent to run for lieutenant governor, but had not filed as of Friday.