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Candidate filing deadline nears
BY GREG PEAK
LIVINGSTON – With the filing deadline fast approaching, more candidates have launched campaigns for their respective party's nominations in the March 4, 2014 primary elections. As of Tuesday afternoon, a total of 17 Republicans and one Democrat had filed for the 12 county and precinct positions that will be on next year's election ballot. Deadline to file for a position on either party's primary ballot is 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9 On the Democratic Party side, incumbent Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Larry Whitworth filed for a new four-year term and was the only local candidate to have filed in that party's primary. In the Republican Party primary, three candidates have entered the race for the Polk County Judge's position now held by Judge John Thompson. Those seeking the office include former Republican Party Chairman Benny Fogleman, Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sydney Murphy and former State Rep. Dan Ellis. The race for the county court at law judge's position now held by Judge Stephen Phillips has drawn two Livingston attorneys, John Wells and Tom Brown. The only other contested race in the Republican primary so far is for the Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace's office, which is now held by Judge Steven McEntyre. That race now includes Lisa Sloan, Jamie Richardson Jones and Paul Finney. Incumbent office holders who have filed for re-election in the Republican Primary but who are so far unopposed include Polk County Criminal District Attorney Lee Hon, District Clerk Kathy Clifton, County Clerk Schelana Walker, County Treasurer Terri Williams, Pct. 2 Commissioner Ronnie Vincent, Pct. 4 Commissioner Tommy Overstreet, Pct. 1 JP Darrell Longino and Pct. 2 JP David Johnson. The only non-incumbent running unopposed in the primary is Sean Burks, who is seeking the Precinct 3 JP post now held by Whitworth. In addition to the county and precinct offices, local voters also will be asked to nominate candidates for the 258th District Judge's position, which serves Polk, San Jacinto and Trinity counties. Candidates seeking this office file with the party headquarters in Austin. So far, one Democratic and three Republican party candidates have filed to run for the district judge's position. Republicans include Shelly Bush Sitton, Cecil E. Berg and E.L. "Ernie" McClendon while the Democratic contender is Joe D. Roth. Republican Party Chairman Lowell Crew said candidates may obtain applications by calling him at 936-327-8683. The party office is located at 411 N. Washington in Livingston but candidates are urged to call first to make sure someone is in the office to assist them with the filing process. Democratic Party Chairman Don Glenn said those wishing to apply for a place on his party's primary ballot may call him at 936-328- 6045 or email him at donwilsonglenn@ hotmail.com. Both the Republican and Democratic parties will select their nominees for each office during the primary elections scheduled for March 4, 2014. The winners of the primaries will then advance to face one another during the November 2014 general election.