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Worsham switching to Republican Party
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GROVETON – Longtime Pct. 1 Commissioner Grover “Tiger” Worsham of Groveton announced Monday he will be seeking re-election as a Republican during the 2012 primaries. First elected in 1996 on the Democratic Party ticket, Worsham made the announcement following a regular meeting of the Trinity County Commissioners Court in Groveton. “I feel that the views of the national Republican Party more closely reflect my views and those of the people of Precinct 1,” Worsham said. “I am a conservative so when filing begins next month, I will seek re-election in the Republican Primary.” Candidate filing for both the Republican and Democratic primaries will open Nov. 12 and close on Dec. 12. The primary elections will be held March 6, 2012. Worsham has served four four-year terms as the Precinct 1 county commissioner, all as a Democrat. Prior to winning election in 1996, he served for 14 years as a member of the Precinct 1 road and bridge crew under former Pct. 1 Commissioner Lynn Reynolds. With Worsham’s announcement, the 2012 primary season is shaping up to be one of the most active for the Trinity County Republican Party in history. During the 2010 primaries, only three candidates ran for county offices under the Republican banner, with one, Pct. 2 Commissioners Rich Chamberlin winning during the November general election. So far four candidates have announced plans to run in the Republican primary, including one other incumbent. Pct. 1 Constable Woody Wallace, although not specifying which office he will seek, has announced he also will be switching from the Democratic to Republican Primary. In addition, Assistant District Attorney Benny Schiro has announced plans to seek the Republican Party nomination for the office of district attorney. Pct. 1 Deputy Constable Mark Cole of the Westwood Shores subdivision, also has announced his intention to seek the Precinct 2 constable’s office in the GOP primary. Trinity County Republican Party Chairman Carl Dyer said Monday that when filing begins, he expects to have even more candidates sign up for his party’s primary. “Right now I have preliminary commitments to have candidates running for all county positions except two – tax assessor-collector and county attorney,” Dyer said. He added that it also is possible that more than one candidate would file for some of the offices, thus creating actual Republican Primary races for the first time in the county’s history. Offices that will be on the 2012 primary ballot include district attorney, sheriff, tax assessor-collector, county attorney, precinct 1 and 3 county commissioners and all four precinct constables. The winners of the Democratic and Republican party primaries will face one another during the November 2012 general election. The winners of that election will then be sworn into office on Jan. 1, 2013,


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