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Candidates face primary deadline
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TRINITY – With more than a week left before a Dec. 15 filing deadline, the list of candidates for the March 6, 2012 primary elections was growing longer. With more candidates expected to file, 2012 already is shaping up to be the most active campaign year in history for the Trinity County Republican Party. A total of four candidates had filed as of Monday, which is one more than the previous record of three set in the 2010 election cycle. Those seeking local offices on the Republican ticket thus far include incumbent Pct. 1 Commissioner Grover “Tiger” Worsham, First elected in 1996, Worsham has been serving under the banner of the Democratic Party but announced in October that he would be run in 2012 as a Republican. Others who have signed up to appear on the Republican primary ballot include Pct. 1 Deputy Constable Mark Cole, who filed to run for Precinct 2 constable’s post; Carl Casey, who will seek the Precinct 3 constable’s office; and Reginald “Reggie” Olive, who has filed for the Precinct 4 constable’s job. The Democratic Party, which has dominated Trinity County politics for 150 years, already has almost a full slate of candidates with more expected to file. In the sheriff’s race, which is expected to be hotly contested through the November general election, two men have filed for the Democratic Party nomination. Incumbent Sheriff Ralph Montemayor Sr, is being challenged by former Deputy Sheriff Don Fisher in the March 6 primary. Another contested race in that primary has developed for the Precinct 3 constable’s position. Longtime incumbent Constable James O. Reynolds is not expected to seek re-election and deputy constables Hayne Huffman and Earl Hanson will be seeking the party’s nomination for the office. Incumbent candidates who have filed for a place on the Democratic Primary Ballot include incumbent Trinity County Tax Assessor-Collector Lindy Madden Warren; Pct. 3 Commissioner Cecil Webb; and Pct. 4 Constable Ronnie Hunt. Others who will be on the ballot include Tom McCrory, who is seeking the Precinct 1 commissioner’s post now held by Worsham, and Ronald North, who will run for the Precinct 1 constable’s office now held by Woody Wallace. Although it has drawn no candidates yet, the office of Trinity County Attorney now held by Joe W. Bell also will be on the primary ballot in 2012. The winners of the March 6 party primaries will face off in November 2012 during the general election. The winners of that ballot will be sworn into office on Jan. 1, 2013. At the district level, two candidates have filed to run in the Republican primary for the District 12 Texas House of Representatives’ seat. Under the court-ordered interim plan now in place, the district includes Trinity, Angelina, San Augustine, Houston, Madison and Leon counties. According to the Texas Republican Party’s website, as of Monday Trenton Ashby of Lufkin and Marva Beck of Centerville are seeking the office. So far, no Democrats have filed for the state representative’s post, according to the Texas Democratic Party website. On the state senate side, Republican Robert Nichols of Jacksonville is the only candidate now seeking the Senate District 3 seat. Under the court-ordered interim redistricting plan, Trinity County is included in that district.