By Jade Ortego
The Cove Herald
Monday was the last day to file to run for state races; Texans from around the state stepped up to challenge Republican officeholders.
In Central Texas, several incumbents drew primary challengers, while two local state representatives were unopposed for re-election.
District 31 U.S. Rep. John Carter,
R-Round Rock, will face a primary challenge from Raymond Yamka of Georgetown. Libertarian Bill Oliver of Temple has also filed to run for the congressional seat, which represents Bell, Coryell and
U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Midland, is facing a primary challenge for the District 11 seat in Congress from two other Republicans, Chris Younts and Al Cowen.
The primary winner will face Democrat James Quillian of Monahans and Libertarian James A. Powell in the November general election.
Lampasas County is the easternmost county in District 11.
District 22 Republican state Sen. Kip Averitt of Waco, whose district includes Coryell County, will run against fellow Republican Darren Yancy of Burleson in the March primary.
The winner will face off against Libertarians Tim Ballard of Cleburne and Ben Faulkner of Red Oak in the November election.
District 54 Republican state Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock of Killeen is running unopposed for re-election to his Texas House seat. District 54 includes western Bell, Lampasas and Burnet counties.
Republican state Rep. Ralph Sheffield of District 55 has no opposition for re-election.
District 55 includes much of Bell County, from Harker Heights eastward.
District 59 Republican state Rep. Sid Miller of Stephenville is facing a primary challenge from fellow Republican J.D. Sheffield. District 59 includes Coryell County.