By Jim Hardin
Incumbent Rockwall County commissioners Lorie Grinnan and David Magness now have challengers in the March 2 Republican Party primary election.
Fred Lively filed Wednesday as a candidate for the Precinct 2 county commissioner position now held by Grinnan. Stan McWhirter filed Tuesday for Precinct 4 county commissioner, a position now occupied by Magness.
The filing deadline is 5 p.m. Monday.
Only Republicans had filed for local county offices as of noon Wednesday.
In other races, four candidates have filed for county judge and two have signed up to run for county clerk.
Incumbent Chris Florance had filed for county judge, along with Jerry Hogan, Kenneth R. Jones and Kevin Fowler.
David Sweet and Shelli Miller had filed for the county clerk position that was vacated when Lisa Constant was appointed county auditor in October.
Only incumbent Kenda Culpepper had filed for district attorney.
Incumbent Kay McDaniel also was the only candidate who had filed for district clerk.
David Peek had filed for county treasurer. Bill Sinclair announced early this month that he would not seek re-election to a second term as county treasurer.
Both justice of the peace races had three candidates each.
For the Precinct 1 and 4 justice of the peace position, incumbent David Karr had filed, along with Jack D. James and Michelle L. Sutton. Incumbent Richard L. Holloway had filed for the Precinct 2 and 3 justice of the peace position, along with Nancy Beaty and Cathy A. Penn.
Paul C. Wilson and Brenda T. Zielke had filed for the Rockwall County Republican chair position.
Other candidates who had filed were incumbent Ralph Hall and John Cooper, U.S. House of Representatives; incumbent Rick Perry, Kay Bailey Hutchison and Debra Medina, governor; David Dewhurst, lieutenant governor; Susan Combs, comptroller of public accounts; Jerry Patterson, commissioner of the general land office; Todd Staples, commissioner of agriculture; and incumbent Bob Deuell, Texas State Senate, District 2.
By Jim Hardin