Two Democrats have filed to run against County Judge Walter Maynard in the March primary, Glen Rose Mayor Pam Miller and Justice of the Peace Dwayne Griffin. Republican hopeful Mike Ford hopes to run against the Democratic ticket holder in November for the judge’s position.
Miller said her decision to run for judge stemmed from several factors.
“There are several things,” Miller said. “I think having been with the city for five years I have a good insight on working with (the city) and the county; I think that would build some strong ties. I also have concerns with the taxes rising. I have been mayor for five years and we have not raised taxes once.”
Ford said he would simply like a chance to lead.
“I have been a leader in a lot of things here (in Somervell County) and I want the opportunity to lead this county as it steps into the future,” Ford said. “I am not running against anyone, I am absolutely running for the position.”
Griffin said he enjoys being a public servant. He was formerly a police officer and sheriff’s deputy, and would like to continue his work.
“The reason I chose to run is because I felt I have always been led to be a public servant,” Griffin said. “I feel it is something I need to do.”
Several Democratic incumbents will be returning to the ballots in March, including Treasurer Barbara Hudson, County and District Clerk Candace Garrett and Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Ronnie Webb. None have garnered any challengers.
Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 has two Democratic filings - Scott May and Larry Mann. The Precinct 2 commissioner’s slot has received interest from both parties with Paul Harper filing on the Democratic ticket and Terry Gosdin and John Curtis filing on the Republican ticket.
Incumbent James Barnard has once again filed for Precinct 4 Commissioner on the Republican ticket and will face Democratic challenger E.F. Pete Moore in November.