Deadline Looms for Texas Primary Ballot Filing in Tom Green County


SAN ANGELO, Texas – As the clock ticks toward 6 p.m. this Monday, December 11, 2023, candidates in Tom Green County are in a fervent race to secure a spot on the upcoming March Primary ballot. With eyes set on the November 5, 2023, general election, contenders are vying for positions in critical statutory offices that will significantly shape the county's governance.

Incumbents across various key positions have predominantly filed for reelection, gearing up for an electoral battle to retain their roles. Notably absent from the lineup of incumbents seeking reelection is Pct. 4 Constable Randy Harris, leaving the field open for challengers to step in.

Challengers Thomas Bigham and Gary Cole have seized the opportunity and entered the race for the Pct. 4 Constable position, amplifying the competition for this pivotal role within Tom Green County.

In another heated contest, Big Spring Resident Stormy Bradley has emerged as a challenger to incumbent State Representative Drew Darby. This challenge injects fresh energy into the State Representative race, potentially reshaping the political landscape in this district.

Additionally, the Pct. 1 Commissioner, Ralph Hoelscher, faces a challenge from Michele Derusso, setting the stage for an intense battle within the Republican Party for this crucial county position.

Longtime 119th District Judge Ben Woodward has announced he is not seeking reelection.  Local veteran attorney Gonzalo P. Rios Jr. is the only candidate who has filed to fill that vacant seat in the GOP primary as of this publication. 

The statutory offices up for contention in the upcoming elections include:

  • State Representative Dist. 72
  • 51st and 119th District Attorneys
  • District Judges in JD 51, 119, 340, and 391
  • Tom Green Co. Attorney
  • Sheriff
  • Tax Assessor-Collector
  • Commissioners for Pct. 1 and Pct. 3
  • Constables for Precincts 1, 2, 3, and 4

Interestingly, while all the incumbents pursuing reelection belong to the Republican Party, a noticeable absence exists in the Democratic lineup, with no Democratic candidates filing to run in the primary.

The approaching deadline has spurred candidates into action, each vying for the opportunity to lead and shape the future trajectory of Tom Green County. With a diverse set of offices up for contention, the March Primary is poised to be a crucial turning point in local politics, potentially paving the way for significant changes in leadership.

As the final hours wind down before the filing deadline, anticipation and excitement grow within the county, marking a pivotal moment in its political landscape. All eyes remain on the contenders as they solidify their bids to claim a place on the March Primary ballot, ready to engage in a spirited electoral race for Tom Green County's statutory offices.

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