By Michelle Seeber
MULESHOE — Voters will have 12 local candidates from which to choose in the Texas primary election on March 9.
Seven are vying for Bailey County Commission seats. Two are running for sheriff. The remaining offices — two constable positions and the county tax assessor’s seat — are uncontested.
County Clerk Sherri Harrison said she expected high turnout in this election.
“There’s so much opposition,” she said.
Candidates running for county commission seats in Precinct 1 are Republicans Jack Dunham and Floyd “Butch” Vandiver, and Democrat Rodney Baker.
Candidates for Precinct 4 are Democrats Ginger Damron and Juan Chavez, and Republican Lewis Wayne Shafer. Damron is the incumbent.
In Precinct 3, incumbent Democrat Joey Kindle is running unopposed.
Otis Carpenter and Richard Wills, both Republicans, are vying for sheriff.
Wills is the incumbent.
Constable incumbents Gary Don Gartin, Precinct 1, and Gerry Pierce, Precinct 3, are uncontested.
Incumbent Democrat Berta Combs is uncontested for her office of tax assessor/collector.
Voters can write in a candidate against uncontested incumbents, Harrison said.
“If there are not enough write-ins, they automatically retain the seat,” she said. “Even the ones who are contested can have a write-in.”
According to Texas law, Democrats and Republicans can have only one candidate per office in the Nov. 4 general election.
Harrison said early voting by personal appearance will begin Feb. 23 and conclude March 5.
“Ballots by mail for age 65 and older and the handicapped must be received by March 1,” she said.
The deadline for candidates to file in the primary election was Jan. 2.