By Emily Banks Wooten
The filing period for the 2022 Texas Primary Elections ended Monday. It began Nov. 13 and allowed candidates to file with their respective party chairs for a place on the March 1, 2022 primary ballot.
For primary elections, candidates file their applications with their state party chairs or, in the event that a district is wholly contained within a single county, their county party chairs. The state and county chairs, in turn, upload approved candidates into the Texas Secretary of State’s portal.
Locally, the following seats will be on the ballot:
• 258th Judicial District Judge Travis E. Kitchens Jr. who has filed for reelection. William Lee Hon has also filed for this position.
• Criminal District Attorney William Lee Hon. Hon is not seeking reelection as criminal district attorney. Shelly Sitton, Tommy Coleman and Julie Mayes Hamrick have filed for the position.
• District Clerk Bobbye Christopher who has filed for reelection.
• County Clerk Schelana Myers Hock who has filed for reelection.
• County Judge Sydney Brown Murphy who has filed for reelection.
County Treasurer Terri L. Williams who has filed for reelection. Louis Ploth Jr. has also filed for this position.
• Precinct 2 Commissioner Ronnie Vincent who has filed for reelection. Mark Dubose has also filed for this position.
Precinct 4 Commissioner Tommy Overstreet who is retiring and not seeking reelection. Justin Cude, Jerry Cassity and Jason Richardson have filed for the position.
County Court at Law Judge Tom Brown who has filed for reelection.
Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Darrell G. Longino who is retiring and not seeking reelection. Terri Lynne Mayer and John Cabiness have filed for the position.
Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Sarah Rasberry who has filed for reelection.
Precinct 3 Justice of Peace Robert “Dooley” Johnson who has filed for reelection.
Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Jaime Richardson who has filed for reelection.
Polk County Publishing Company has a policy to run a free announcement with photo in the newspaper for every candidate who runs for a political office in the county, or as a representative of the county, allowing the candidates to have the opportunity to introduce themselves and their vision to readers.
The photo should be a large .jpg and the announcement should be typed in a Word document not to exceed 400 words. Both should be emailed to the editor or can be brought into the office on a flash drive.
In addition, a candidate may choose to pay a one-time charge to be added to the official Political Calendar. This advertisement runs every week in the newspaper through the election and includes the candidate name/position/party affiliation. The cost is the same if you sign up early or late for the calendar. The pricing is as follows: $100 for precinct offices, $150 for county offices, $200 for state offices and $250 for national offices.
According to PCPC Publisher Kelli Barnes, all political advertising must be paid for by 5 p.m. Monday of the week you want your advertisement to run in the newspaper. Late advertisements can only be accepted as space allows due to press concerns. Advertising position requests can accompany advertisements. We do not charge more for location requests and we cannot guarantee location without advance notice of two weeks. We no longer accept political ads for our Facebook page. Ask to speak to an advertising representative at your newspaper to discuss paid advertising.
“We look forward to helping all candidates in their campaign efforts,” Barnes said.
Early voting for the March 1, 2022 Primary Elections begins on Feb. 14.