Thursday, January 03, 2008

Tarrant voters have plenty of choices this year

By AMAN BATHEJA - Star-Telegram Staff Writer - Jan. 2, 2008
It's going to be a busy election year in Tarrant County.

The deadline for candidates to file for the March 4 primary was Wednesday. At every level of government, incumbents attracted challengers.

Eight of 10 Tarrant County state representatives attracted challengers from the opposing party. Two Republicans, Charlie Geren of Fort Worth and Bill Zedler of Arlington, have primary challengers.

District 97 is a priority for both parties. Democrat Dan Barrett beat Republican Mark Shelton in a special election runoff last month, ending 30 years of Republican representation from southwest Tarrant County. Now three Republicans -- Shelton, former state Rep. Bob Leonard and private equity manager Clint Roberts -- are vying for the nomination.

Democrats fielded slightly more candidates than in 2006 but continued a recent tradition by not offering challengers in most local judicial races.

Other races of note:

No Tarrant County-area U.S. representative received a primary challenger. All will face a general election opponent.

Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson will face Dalworthington Gardens Police Chief Bill Waybourn in the Republican primary. The winner of that race will go against Democrat Hank Pope in the general election.

Six of eight county constables will face primary challengers.


These candidates have filed to run in Tarrant County primaries March 4. Incumbents are marked with an *.


Republicans: Hugh Cort, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter, Alan Keyes, John McCain, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, Hoa Tran

Democrats: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd, John Edwards, Barack Obama, Bill Richardson

U.S. Senate

Republicans: John Cornyn*, Larry Kilgore

Democrats: Gene Kelly, Ray McMurrey, Rick Noriega, Rhett Smith

U.S. House of Representatives

District 6: Joe Barton (R)*, Steven J. Bush (D), Ludwig Otto (D)

District 12: Kay Granger (R)*, Tracey Smith (D)

District 17: Chet Edwards (D)*, Rob Curnock (R), Tim Kleinschmidt (R)

District 24: Kenny Marchant (R)*, Tom Love (D)

District 26: Michael Burgess (R)*, Ken Leach (D)


Texas Railroad Commission: Michael Williams (R)*, Art Hall (D), Mark Thompson (D), Dale Henry (D)

Chief Justice, Texas Supreme Court: Wallace Jefferson (R)*, Jim Jordan (D)

Texas Supreme Court Justice, Place 7: J. Dale Wainwright (R)*, Baltasar D. Cruz (D), Sam Houston (D)

Texas Supreme Court Justice, Place 8: Susan Criss (D), Linda Reyna Yanez (D)

Court of Criminal Appeals Judge, Place 3: Thomas Price (R)*, Susan Strawn (D)

Court of Criminal Appeals Judge, Place 4: Paul Womack (R)*, J.R. Molina (D)

Court of Criminal Appeals Judge, Place 9: Cathy Cochran (R)*

State Board of Education, District 11: Patricia Hardy (R)*, Barney Maddox (R)

State Board of Education, District 13: Cindy Werner (R)

State Senate

District 9: Chris Harris (R)*, Melvin Willms (D)

District 10: Kim Brimer (R)*, Wendy Davis (D)

State House of Representatives

District 58: Rob Orr (R)*

District 61: Phil King (R)*, Charles William Randolph (D), Joe Tison (R)

District 90: Lon Burnam (D)*, Larry Keilberg (R)

District 91: Kelly Hancock (R)*, Chris Utchell (D)

District 92: Todd Smith (R)*, Kalandra N. Wheeler (D)

District 93: Paula Pierson (D)*, Bill Burch (R)

District 94: Diane Patrick (R)*

District 95: Marc Veasey (D)*

District 96: Bill Zedler (R)*, Lee Jackson (R), Chris Turner (D)

District 97: Dan Barrett (D)*, Bob Leonard (R), Clint L. Roberts (R), Mark M. Shelton (R)

District 98: Vicki Truitt (R)*, Nancy Moffat (D)

District 99: Charlie Geren (R)*, Tom Annunziato (R), Sheila Ford-Henderson (D)

District 106: Kirk England (D)*, Karen Wiegman (R)

Tarrant County

2nd Court of Appeals Justice, Place 7: Terrie Livingston (R)*

17th District Judge: Wade Birdwell (R), Mike Hrabal (R), Skip Reynolds (R), Randy Turner (D), Melody Wilkinson (R)

48th District Judge: David Evans (R)*

67th District Judge: Don Cosby (R)*, Warren Gould (D)

96th District Judge: Jeff Walker (R)*

153rd District Judge: Ken Curry (R)*

213th District Judge: Louis Sturns (R)*, Lisa Callaghan (R), Bill Ray (R)

342nd District Judge: Bob McGrath (R)*

348th District Judge: Dana Womack (R)*

352nd District Judge: Bonnie Sudderth (R)*

396th District Judge: George Gallagher (R)*

Criminal District Court No. 2 Judge: Wayne Salvant (R)*, Maureen R. Tolbert (D)

360th Family District Judge: Debra Lehrmann (R)*

Sheriff: Dee Anderson (R)*, Hank Pope (D), Bill Waybourn (R)

Tax Assessor-Collector: Betsy Price (R)*

County Commissioner, Precinct 1: Roy Brooks (D)*, Cora Mosley (D)

County Commissioner, Precinct 3: Gary Fickes (R)*, Jerry Lee Phillips (D)

Constable, Precinct 1: Jerry Crowder (R)*, Andy Bryant (R), Richard Aldridge (R)

Constable, Precinct 2: Antonio Molina Jr. (R), Robert J. McGinty (R)

Constable, Precinct 3: Zane Hilger (R)*, Jason L. McCaffity (R)

Constable, Precinct 4: Dub Bransom (R)*

Constable, Precinct 5: Sergio DeLeon (D)*, Ernesto Magallon (D)

Constable, Precinct 6: Joe Kubes (R)*

Constable, Precinct 7: Clint Burgess (R)*, Mike Arter (R)

Constable, Precinct 8: Chester Luckett (D)*, Michael Campbell (D), Chris Salone (D)

Democratic Party Chair: Steve Maxwell, J. Roddy Turner

Republican Party Chair: Stephanie Klick*

AMAN BATHEJA, 817-390-7695

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