By Jacqueline Brown

Killeen Daily Herald

GATESVILLE Coryell County Republican candidates drew names Thursday for positions on the March 7 primary ballot.

Republican Party Chair Judy Vernon said the winners of both contested positions will go on to win in the general election because there is no Democratic competition for either slot.

Justin Carothers, 31, of Gatesville and Dorothy McLendon, 64, of Copperas Cove will challenge incumbent Donna Medford, 50, of Gatesville for the county treasurer position. Medford has served in the position for 10 years.

For the Precinct 2 commissioners position, Daren Moore, 36, of Gatesville; David Wallace, 42, of Gatesville; David Wilson, 52, of Copperas Cove; and Doyle Welch, 72, of Copperas Cove will compete to replace retiring Commissioner Cliff Price.

I hope the person who is elected seeks the office because of a desire to serve the county and assure good county government as opposed to money, recognition or any single-agenda item, Price said, explaining that a commissioners salary is about $36,000.

He said the biggest challenges for his replacement will be overcrowding of the county jail and a lack of office space at the courthouse.

The courthouse is bursting at the seams, he explained. Something has to be done to accommodate the growth thats occurred over the years.

Other Republican candidates Elizabeth Taylor, 38, of Jonesboro (Precinct 4 commissioner) and Riley Simp-son, 62, of Copperas Cove (county judge) will face Democratic incumbents in September.

Vernon said the Republican Party will host forums at Jan. 24 at Ranchers in Gatesville and Jan. 30 at the Copperas Cove Public Library. Both forums are scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Each candidate will make a short statement, and then well take written questions from the floor, she said. Well try to take out anything that is a personal attack, but politics is politics.

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