End Of Filing For Mar. 1 Primary Reveals Few Contested Local Races


The Filing Period for prospective candidates to have their names included on the Republican or Democrat Primary Election ballot on March 1st ended Dec. 13th.

County offices up for election in 2022 will include County Judge, District Clerk, County Clerk, County Treasurer, County Commissioners for Precincts 2 and 4, and Justice of the Peace.

McCulloch County will also have a special election for County Attorney.

While there are a number of open seats up for election in 2022, there will be relatively few contested elections in the Heart of Texas and Northwest Hill County area.

McCulloch County
There will be a contested race for County Attorney to serve out the remainder of the term of Mark Marshall who resigned this Fall.

The candidates are Gregg Torres who is opposing Bruce James who was appointed to fill the post until the Nov. election.

Incumbent Precinct 4 County Commissioner Rick Kemp has drawn three challengers in the Primary election. In addition to Kemp, Tom Hail, Michael Jordon, and Don Bratton will be on the Republican Primary ballot.

Precinct 2 Commissioners, Randy Deans, is unopposed in his bid for re-election.

None of the other County incumbents drew challengers in the Republican Primary.

Mason County
While there will be four open races in Mason County, but, at this point, only one will be contested.

In addition to County Judge Jerry Bearden, the two County Commissioners with terms expiring in 2022 — Will Frey in Precinct 2 and Stephen Mutschink in Precinct 4 — are not running for re-election.

Julio Ramon, Sr. filed for the Precinct 2 seat, and Dave Underwood filed for the Precinct 4 seat.

Also, County Treasurer Polly McMillan will retire at the end of her current term. The current assistant treasurer, Ally Yonker, is running for the Treasurer’s office in next year’s election.

Judge Bearden said one of the reasons he announced his decision a year before his term ends is to encourage qualified potential candidates to consider seeking the office.

Sheree Hardin has served as Administrative Assistant to Judge Bearden for the past six years and is running for the County Judge’s post. Also filing for the County Judge post is Mason County rancher, Cindy Jones.

Menard County
Menard County will have three open seats in the March 1 Primary, but none will be contested.

Jay Cunningham, the incumbent Precinct 2 County Commissioners is unopposed for re-election, and Tyler Wright has filed for the Precinct 4 open seat and will be unopposed on the Republican Primary ballot.

Also un-opposed on the ballot will be Tami Russell who is running for the open seat for County Treasurer, and Stacy Lawler is unopposed for the open seat for Justice of the Peace.

State Representative Dist. 53
As a result of redistricting, McCulloch County was one of four counties added to District 53 in the Texas State House of Representatives. Incumbent Andrew Murr is being challenged in the Republican Primary by Wesley Virdell, a resident of McCulloch County.

452nd Judicial District
Incumbent 452nd District Judge, Rob Hoffman, and incumbent District Attorney, Tonya Ahlschwede, will not be opposed in the Republican Primary.

Also, 2022 will be the year for the election of a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, along with a number of other state-level offices. All members of the Texas House and Senate will also be up for election next year.

At the national level, all members of the U.S. House and one-third of the U.S. Senate will be elected in 2022.