Candidate filing busy on first day

The first day of filing for the 2012 elections was lively, with a dozen candidates filing at Republican and Democratic headquarters for county seats.

Twelve offices will be on the ballot for the spring primaries.

Only one of the candidates who filed Monday is a Democrat. He is Nick Cangiamilla, and he filed for the new Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace position, according to party chair Joyce Carver. Republican party chairman Larry Lowrance said he accepted applications for a number of ballot positions Monday. Roger “Cotton” Howell, a county maintenance employee, and former County Judge Andy Rash submitted paperwork for the same JP position being sought by Cangiamilla, the party chair said. Candidates stepped forward for other Precinct 1 positions as well. Jean Cochran filed paperwork for the county commissioner seat currently held by Mike Sympson, who has said he intends to seek re-election. Delton Thrasher officially threw his hat into the ring for the new Precinct 1 constable seat. Sheriff Roger Deeds, District Attorney Rob Christian, Precinct 1 & 2 Constable DeWayne Hart and Precinct 4 Constable Chad Jordan filed for re-election, Lowrance said, and made it through the first day of the filing period without challengers. Hart’s place on the ballot will be specifically for Precinct 2. Precincts 1 and 2, which had been represented by one constable and one JP, are being split by government mandate based on the most recent census population figures. Pete Wilkerson and Mike Lang each filed for the Precinct 3 constable seat currently held by Randy Branum, Lowrance said. Lori Kaspar, an assistant district attorney, submitted her application for the county attorney position being vacated by Kelton Conner. Candidates have until Dec. 15 to file. The Democratic Party headquarters is located at 708 Paluxy Road, Suite I. Carver said the office will be staffed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. during the filing period. However, on the last day, the office will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Republican Party headquarters is in Suite 106C at Granbury Square Plaza, 201 E. Pearl St., Lowrance said. It will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday during the filing period, except for Dec. 15, when the hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Lowrance said. primaries march 6 The Democratic and Republican primaries are March 6.


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