By Audrey Spencer

Killeen Daily Herald

GATESVILLE - Republican candidates likely will run the game in the Coryell County primaries in April.

Of the 14 candidates, as of Monday afternoon, all are running on the Republican ticket.

The only seats with multiple candidates are District Attorney for the 52nd Judicial District and Commissioner for Precinct 1.

District Attorney David A. Castillo is the incumbent, a position he has filled since 2004. He is challenged by Dusty Boyd, a criminal prosecutor with the Coryell County Attorney's Office.

The spot for Precinct 1 Commissioner has three candidates: Commissioner Jack Wall, who has served in the position for almost 13 years, and challengers Levita Fire Chief Doug Brown and Larry Riddle, owner of R & M Fencing.

It's not unusual for the county to have a straight ballot of Republican candidates, said Coryell County Republican Chair Ed Thompson.

"We, primarily in the last few election cycles, have gotten more Republicans, not only in our county but across the state," said Thompson. "In the last election cycle, every elected office was held by a Republican, and every one of the incumbents is running again."

Coryell County Democratic Chair Gene Whittle said that no one filed as a Democrat for the primary.

A runoff, if needed, would take place June 5.

Contact Audrey Spencer at or (254) 501-7476.

Coryell County filings

Uncontested filings include:

52nd Judicial District: Trent D. Farrell – Incumbent

County Attorney: Brandon S. Belt – Incumbent

County Sheriff: Johnny Burks – Incumbent.

County Tax Assessor/Collector: Justin K. Carothers – Incumbent

Commissioner Precinct 3: Don Jones – Incumbent

Constable Precinct 1: Roger Faught

Constable Precinct 2: Shawn Camp

Constable Precinct 3: David White

Constable Precinct 4: Roger A. Hammack

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