The March primary election is heating up. The Republican Party now has two contested races on the ballot, with candidates vying for a shot at offices in the Somervell County Courthouse Annex.
Two candidates with ties to the city of Glen Rose - council member Mike Jones and former mayor and current Municipal Judge Mickey Garrett - have both filed to run for county judge, according to Republican Party Chair Deedee Jones.
Mike Jones owns and operates Glen Rose Veterinary Clinic and said he plans to bring an associate on board to help run the business if he is elected, which would allow him to put a full-time focus on serving the county.
Mike Jones also served a stint on Glen Rose ISD board of trustees and campaigned for state representative for District 59 in the 2012 Republican primary.
Meanwhile, Garrett served two stints as Glen Rose mayor in the 1980s and worked as a Somervell County sheriff's deputy for 16 years.
Incumbent Judge Mike Ford announced in September that he would not seek a second term at the helm of commissioners court.
The race to the clerk's office has also welcomed a challenge. In the first week of filing, Jeff Harris, assistant principal at Glen Rose Junior High School, filed for a place on the Republican ballot for the county/district clerk's seat. He faces a challenge from Virginia Perales, a current county employee who works in the clerk's office.
Incumbent Candy Garrett, who was sworn into the office in January 2003, has said she won't seek another term.
Meanwhile, Deedee Jones said newcomer Edwin Mueck has his eyes on a seat on commissioners court. Mueck filed to run on the Republican ballot for commissioner precinct 4. That seat has been held by Commissioner James Barnard - who has mentioned potential retirement - for 11 years.
But Deedee Jones said incumbent Pct. 2 Commissioner John Curtis has filed for a shot at another term.
Neither commissioner precinct has drawn a challenger.
Another incumbent, County Treasurer Barbara Hudson, announced this week that she will retire at the end of her current term in December 2014.
The treasurer's office has yet to draw a candidate.
Vic Castillo has stepped up to run for the unexpired term for constable pct. 2. That seat was vacated by Craig Dodson in late September. Dodson - who defeated Castillo in the last primary race for the seat - submitted his resignation due to a peace officer licensing issue.
Castillo is the lone candidate in the race at this time.
Incumbent judges Ronnie Webb and Scott May, justices of the peace in precincts 1 and 2, respectively, are both seeking another term, running on the Republican ballot, Jones said. Neither office has drawn an opponent.
Democratic Party Chair Jennifer Miller said she has not received any candidate applications, but multiple individuals have expressed interest in running for county offices.
Filing for a spot on the March 4 primary ballot continues until Monday, Dec. 9. Candidates who would like to file for a place on the Republican ballot may contact Jones at (254) 396-1145. Democratic candidates can contact Miller at 898-2176 for more information.