By Jade Ortego
Killeen Daily Herald
Early voting for the March 2 primaries starts Tuesday and continues through Feb. 26.
Only two Bell County races are contested in the primaries.
Bell County Administrative Assistant District Attorney Rebecca DePew of Holland and attorney Mary Black Pearson of Temple, both Republicans, are vying for Judge of County Court at Law #3, currently held by the retiring Judge Gerald Brown. Democrat attorney Tyffany Howard, of Belton, will face the winner in the November election.
Republicans Lee Lingo, a Belton probation officer, and incumbent Ted Duffield will compete for the position of Justice of the Peace of Precinct 4 in Belton.
Justice of the Peace of Precinct 3, Place 2 in Temple G.W. Ivey, a Republican, will run uncontested in the primaries, and will face off against Democrat Iona Rose Maedgen, a licensed vocational nurse from Temple, in November.
Democrat Killeen city council member Ernest Wilkerson will challenge County commissioner of Precinct 4 John Fisher in the November race. Fisher will run uncontested in the primary.
Many county office-holders will run in uncontested races, including the following Republican incumbents: Judge Gordon Adams of the 169th Judicial District Court, Judge Martha Trudo of the 264th Judicial District Court, County Judge John Burrows, Judge of the County Court at Law #1 Ed Johnson, Judge of the County Court at Law #2 John Mischtian, District Clerk Shelia Norman, County Clerk Shelley Coston, County Treasurer Charles E. Jones, County Commissioner of Precinct 2 Tim Brown, Justice of the Peace of
Precinct 2 in Salado Donald Engleking, and Justice of the Peace of Precinct 4, Place 2 in Killeen, Bill Cooke.
Bell County propositions
The Democrat primary has no propositions on the ballot. The Republican primary ballot includes five.
"Ballot Proposition #1: Photo ID" would require voters to present photo identification to vote in all elections.
"Ballot Proposition #2: Controlling Government Growth" would limit the annual increases in budget and spending in every government body to the combined increase in population and inflation, unless it first gets voter approval or in the case of an emergency.
"Ballot Proposition #3: Cutting Federal Income Taxes" asks that Congress cut federal income taxes for all taxpayers, and cease spending money on economic stimulus, in order to stimulate the economy.
"Ballot Proposition #4: Public Acknowledgement of God" would allow prayers, the use of the word 'God,' and the Ten Commandments to be spoken or printed at public gatherings and public schools and printed on government buildings and property.
"Ballot Propositions #5: Sonograms" would require that women attempting to procure an abortion have a sonogram performed and shown to them.
Both Democratic Party chairman Arthur Resa and Republican Party chair Nancy Boston are running unopposed.
Here's a look at the races and candidates on the March ballot in Coryell County.
County Court at law
Susan Stephens – Republican incumbent, judge, Copperas Cove
Joe Rodriguez – Republican, age 33, attorney, Gatesville
John R. Lee – Republican, age 45, attorney, Gatesville
County Judge (unopposed)
John Firth – Republican incumbent, age 63, county judge, Copperas Cove
Commissioner, Pct. 2
Daren Moore – Republican incumbent, age 41, funeral director, commissioner, Gatesville
Dennis Rabbe – Republican, age 64, lecturer, Crawford
Commissioner, Pct. 4
Elizabeth Taylor – Republican incumbent, age 43, commissioner, Jonesboro
Justin Latham – Republican, age 30, construction owner, Gatesville
District Clerk (unopposed)
Janice Gray – Republican incumbent, age 52, district clerk, Gatesville
Barbara Simpson – Republican incumbent, age 72, county clerk, Gatesville
Peggy Thompson – Republican, age 73, retired, Copperas Cove
Donna Medford – Republican incumbent, age 55, treasurer, Gatesville
Claire Grogan – Republican, age 59, deputy clerk, Gatesville
Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1
John Guinn – Republican incumbent, age 66, judge, Copperas Cove
Alan Wevodau – Democrat, age 33, civil servant, Copperas Cove
Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2 (unopposed)
Bill Price – Republican incumbent, age 63, lawyer, Copperas Cove
Justice of the Peace, Pct. 3
Steven Howard – Republican, age 53, sales, Gatesville
Jesse Barron – Republican, age 28, retail sales, Gatesville
Dewey Jones – Republican, age 61, police officer, Gatesville
Jack Barcroft – Republican, age 34, sales, Gatesville
Jeb Dixon – Republican, age 34, self-employed, Gatesville
Beverly Jones – Republican, age 60, Justice of the Peace deputy court clerk, Gatesville
Ronald Dayton – Democrat, Gatesville
Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4
Coy Latham – Republican, age 41, construction contractor, Gatesville
Vernon Lee Kelley – Republican, age 47, minister, Gatesville
Rebecca Becky Moore – Republican, age 41, deputy clerk, Gatesville
Robert Jeffcoat – Republican, age 61, jailer, Gatesville
Kenneth Jones – Republican, age 62, college professor, Gatesville
Here's a look at the candidates on the March ballot in Lampasas County.
Connie Hartman – Democrat
County Commissioner Precinct 4
Alex Wittenburg – Republican
Mitchel B. Henderson – Democrat
Marcus Foster – Republican
Wayne Boultinghouse – Republican
Nelda Deriso – Republican
District Court Clerk
Terri Cox – Republican
Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1
Andrew Garcia Jr. – Republican
Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2, 3
Cameron Brister – Republican
David R. Ivey – Republican
Richard E. "Dick" Lockett – Republican
William D. Crain – Republican
Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4
Sheila Hood – Republican
B.R. "Skipper" Wallace – Republican
Bruce Frizzell – Democrat
Two local statewide representatives are unopposed for re-election.
District 54 Republican state Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock of Killeen is running unopposed to his Texas House seat. District 54 includes western Bell, Lampasas and Burnet counties.
Republican state Rep. Ralph Sheffield of District 55 also has no opposition for re-election. District 55 includes much of Bell County, from Harker Heights eastward.
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 also has filed to run for the congressional seat, which represents Bell, Coryell and Williamson counties.
U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Midland) of 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 59 Republican State Rep. Sid Miller of Stephenville is facing a primary challenge from fellow Republican J.D. Sheffield. District 59 includes Coryell County.
Herald staffers Taylor Short and Jackie Stone contributed to this report.
Contact Jade Ortego at firstname.lastname@example.org or (254) 501-7553. Follow her on Twitter at KDHcourts.
Where to vote
Tuesday through Friday – Early voting from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday – Early voting from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Feb. 21 – Early voting from noon to 5 p.m.
Feb. 22 to Feb. 26 – Early voting from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Feb. 23 – The last day to apply for a ballot by mail request (must be received, not postmarked).
March 2: Deadline for receiving early ballots by mail (must be received, not postmarked).
Killeen – Bell County Annex, 301 Priest Drive
Killeen – Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd.
Harker Heights – Parks & Recreation Center, 307 Millers Crossing
Belton – Bell County Courthouse Annex, 550 E. Second Ave.
Temple – Bell County Annex, 205 East Central Ave.
Salado – Salado Civic Center, 601 North Main St.
Copperas Cove – Coryell County Annex, 201 S. Second
Gatesville – Coryell County Courthouse Annex Courtroom, 201 S. Seventh St.
Lampasas – Elections Office, 412 S. Live Oak