A number of races in Coryell County are uncontested this year.
All those who filed to run for office in Coryell County are Republicans, meaning whoever wins the primary election March 6, or a subsequent run-off election, if needed, will take office next year.
The majority of candidates running for Coryell County offices live in Gatesville.
The offices to be filled all have four-year terms, and the candidates are:
District Judge, 440th Judicial District
(Handles criminal cases and family law.)
• Grant Kinsey of Gatesville is the incumbent, running unopposed. He was appointed to the bench by Gov.Greg Abbott in December 2016 and to a two-year term beginning January 1, 2017. Previously, he had a private law practice for 17 years in Central Texas. He is married with two children.
(Acts as chief budget officer, leads the Commissioners Court and tries Class A and B misdemeanors.)
• Alan Mathis of Gatesville spent 23 years in the Army and 22 years as an Army contractor. He currently volunteers for the Coryell County Emergency Management Center. He is married with four children and seven grandchildren.
• Allen Wayne Avery of Jonesboro served over 20 years in the Army and holds numerous professional certificates in a variety of fields. He has a master of arts degree in Homeland Security, Disaster & Emergency Management. He is ranch manager for over 1,000 acres.
• Bob Harrell of Gatesville currently serves as the Coryell County Emergency Management Coordinator. He spent eight years prior to that working for the Department of Public Safety and 23 years in the Army. He holds a master’s degree in public administration.
• Janice Gray of Gatesville currently serves as Coryell County District Clerk, a position she has held for 19 years. Prior to that, she was court administrator for eight years. She has served on the board for the Texas Association of Counties, and was selected to teach court administration by the Office of Court Administration for the Court Coordinators and Court Administrators across the state. She is married with one son and three grandchildren.
• John Derrick of Gatesville has over 20 years experience as a certified public accountant and has served on numerous private and public boards. He was born in Coryell County, is married and raises cattle near Arnett.
• Roger Miller of Gatesville served in the Army for 23 years, retiring as a first sergeant in 2013. Before that, he worked in the banking field. He is single.
Judge, County Court-at-Law
(Has jurisdiction over probate matters, family law, and civil suits between $500 and $200,000.)
• John R. Lee of Gatesville is the incumbent, running unopposed. He is a fifth-generation Coryell County resident and served in the Air Force for five years. He studied at the University of Texas in Austin and earned his law degree from Texas Tech University. He has served in this office since 2011.
(Charged with keeping and protecting the judicial records of the 52nd Judicial District Court in compliance with the state constitution and state statutes.)
• Becky Moore of Gatesville has spent 20 years working in the County Clerk’s office, currently serving as chief deputy county clerk. She previously ran in 2010 for Coryell County Justice of the Peace in Precinct 4.
• Jeremy Pruitt of Gatesville is currently the sales and membership manager for two territories of Air Evac Lifeteam. Before his 10 years in management, he served as a firefighter. He studied business at the University of North Texas. He is married with three children.
• Joey Acfalle of Copperas Cove retired from the military after 21 years of service. He serves on the economic cevelopment board for Cove, and the board of adjustment. He is married with one son.
• Kelly Caldwell Bragewitz has called Gatesville home for 47 years. She graduated from Gatesville High School and has worked for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the past 24 years, being promoted to head of the Intake department, where she supervises 15 staff members. She is married with three children.
County Clerk is the registrar for deed records, liens and abstracts, official bonds and oaths, occupational bonds, plats, military discharge records, and other miscellaneous records, and serves as clerk of the Commissioners Court.
• Barbara Simpson of Gatesville is the incumbent, running unopposed. She has been in office for 25 years, supervising seven people. She has lived in Gatesville since 1978. She is married with three children and six grandchildren.
(Serves as the county’s banker, handling all official monetary transactions.)
• Cindy Hitt graduated from Gatesville High School and Texas State University before going to work in California. She returned to Gatesville in 1993, and currently serves in the Gatesville Independent School District as a family and consumer science and personal finance teacher, and with special education.
• Misti Maxwell Morra is a life long Gatesville resident with deep family roots in Coryell County. She has been employed by the Coryell County Juvenile Probation Department for 12 years in the accounting department. She is married with three children.
• Randi McFarlin of Jonesboro has served as the Assistant County Auditor – Payroll for Coryell County since 2015. She works with the County Treasurer on a daily basis. She graduated from Jonesboro High School and received her bachelor degree in marketing from Tarleton State University. She is a lifelong Coryell County resident and is single.
County Commissioners serve on the Commissioners Court, which handles a wide variety of business for the county, including setting tax rates, adopting the yearly budget and certifying elections.
County Commissioner, Precinct 2
• Daren Moore, 48, of Gatesville is the incumbent, seeking his fourth term. He is a graduate of Gatesville High School with an associate degree. He previously served as a Gatesville councilman and mayor. He is a funeral director at Scott’s Funeral Home in Gatesville, and is co-owner and operator of Scott’s Funeral Home in Copperas Cove.
• Scott Weddle of Gatesville is a native Texas who has worked in the electrical supply business for 38 years. He is married and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
County Commissioner, Precinct 4
• Ray Ashby of Gatesville is the incumbent in this race. He is a married father of five, with five grandchildren. He previously served as an educator at Gatesville High School.
• Keith Taylor of Jonesboro has worked for the Texas Department of Transportation for five years, and in maintenance for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for 15 years prior to that. He has owned a small family insulation business since 2004, and has served on the Jonesboro school board for 18 years. He is married with three children and four grandchildren.
The Justice of the Peace has original jurisdiction in criminal matters of misdemeanor cases, may issue warrants for search and arrest, conducts preliminary hearings, administers oaths, performs marriages and serves as a coroner.
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1
• John B. Guinn of Copperas Cove is the incumbent, running unopposed. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Baylor University and has served in this office since 1981. He has two children and two grandchildren.
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2
• F.W. “Bill” Price of Copperas Cove is the incumbent, running unopposed. He has served in this office since 1995.
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3
• Doran Belknap Jr. of Gatesville has been a longtime Coryell County resident. He graduated from Tarleton State University with a bachelor degree in sociology, and has worked for McLennan County in a variety of positions, including court officer, sex offender officer, violent offender/gangs officer, and intensive supervision officer. He owns his own company, has five children and 12 grandchildren.
• Gary Stiles of Gatesville studied at Central Texas College and Texas A&M University. After attending the Travis County Sheriff`s Academy, he has worked in law enforcement for nearly 30 years, retiring from the Texas Highway Patrol in December. He also teaches at McLennan Community College. He is married with four daughters and two grandchildren.
• Jim Caldwell of Gatesville has a diverse background, including working as a correctional officer for the Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice, a civil servant at Fort Hood, a farm hand, construction worker and truck driver. He serves as the chairman of the Training Advisory Board of the Coryell County Sheriff’s Office.
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4
• Coy Latham of Gatesville is the incumbent, running unopposed. He has served in this office since 2011.
Early voting begins Tuesday, with times and polling places posted on the Coryell County website: www.coryellcountytax.com/#/elections.
A full Election Guide covering all area political races will be published Sunday in the Killeen Daily Herald.