By Tony Farkas
With County Judge Doug Page stepping down and Trinity County in a different U.S. Congressional District, there will be new faces to vote for in the March 2022 primary election.
Many races will be decided in the primary, but there are a few that will carry over to the November general election.
Also, Justice of the Peace for Precinct 1, Danny Martin, did not file for re-election, and the spot for Justice of the Peace Precinct 3, previously held by the late Hayne Huffman, will see two political newcomers.
On the national front, the race that has drawn the most attention for Trinity County votes is for U.S. Representative in District 17. Previously, Trinity County was in Congressional District 8, but redistricting based on the 2020 Census moved the county.
Currently, District 17 is represented by Pete Sessions, a Republican from Waco. Other Republicans seeking to replace him are Paulette Carson, Jason “Stormchaser” Nelson and Rob Rosenberger; on the Democratic side, Mary Jo Woods has filed for the seat.
At the state level, incumbent Robert Nichols, a Republican, has filed for State Senator District 3.
For the newly designated District 9, changed after the Texas Legislature redistricted the state, Trent Ashby, who was representative for Trinity County when it was in District 57, has filed for re-election.
He will be unopposed in the primary, but for the general election, will face Democratic hopeful Jason Rogers.
On the local front, the race for County Treasurer includes incumbent Bob Dockens and Orrin Hargrave on the Republican ticket. That winner will face Democrat Cheryl Boggs Savage, who is unopposed for treasurer in the primary.
Other local races with opposition will be decided in the primary. Those races include:
• 258 District Judge: incumbent Travis Kitchens and Lee Hon
• District Clerk: incumbent Kristen Raiford and Jillian Phillips-Steptoe.
• County Judge: Steve Jones and Danny Martin.
• Justice of the Peace Precinct 3: Keith Johnson and Lenzy Hargrave.
Other races with a lone candidate include:
• County Clerk: incumbent Shasta Bergman.
• County Commissioner Precinct 2: incumbent Mike Loftin.
• County Commissioner Precinct 4: incumbent Steven Truss.
• Justice of the Peace Precinct 1: Mary Wallace.
• Justice of the Peace Precinct 2: incumbent Lyle Stubbs.
• Justice of the Peace Precinct 4: incumbent Richard Steptoe.
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