You can now apply for a ballot by mail for the 2018 March primary election. There are four contested Navarro County races on the March GOP primary ballot – races for Pct. 2 and 4 County Commissioner, Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace, and for the office of County Chairman for the Republican Party of Navarro County.

Pct. 2 incumbent Commissioner Dick Martin is not seeking re-election. Vying for the GOP nomination are Bradley Boyte, Eddy Perry and Bob Carroll. Incumbent Pct. 4 Commissioner James Olsen is facing a challenge for the GOP nomination from Terry Brooks. JP of Precinct 2 incumbent Darrell Waller is facing a challenge from RD Lewis. County GOP Chairman Chris Baldwin is being challenged in the primary by Eric Ryan Myers. There are no Democrats running for any of those posts in the March primary so the winners of those races will be the “presumptive” winners of the November General Election. Several other races on the GOP primary ballot are unopposed – County Clerk Sherry Dowd, JP of Pct. 1 Greta Jordan – the incumbent Vicki Gray is not seeking re-election, District Clerk Josh Tackett, and County District Attorney R. Lowell Thompson have no opponents on the March Ballot. The only local Democratic filing was by Linda Mertz for the Office of Navarro County Democratic Chairman.

There are several other races on that ballot, including State Rep for District 8 – Byron Cook is not running for another term; US Rep for District 6 – Joe Barton is not running for another term in the House; and several state and federal positions.

If you want to get an absentee ballot for the election, contact the Navarro County Elections Office in the County Annex Building at 601 North 13th Street. If you have any questions about voting or registration, you may also call the Elections Office at 903-875-3330. The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 March Primary election is February 5. If you are a registered voter, you should have already received a new yellow voter registration card. If you didn`t get one, call the Elections Office for help.

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