It’s going to be a busy few months for the Erath County Republican Party.

Since filing for the 2018 races officially opened on Nov. 11, 15 candidates have filed for various spots in the Republican party, while others have announced their candidacy publicly.

“So far 15 people have filed and others have contacted me to say they will be doing so after Thanksgiving,” said Gil Parks, chairman of the Erath County Republican Party.

Parks spoke with the E-T on Wednesday and gave us an update on filings so far.

Here is how the various races are shaping up:

Commissioner Precinct 2

Herbert Brown, incumbent

Jim Pool, challenger

Albert Ray, challenger

Scotty Whitefield, challenger

Commissioner Precinct 4

(Incumbent Scot Jackson is not seeking re-election.)

Cody Scott

Shane Stegall 

Billy Van Diest

John Wooley

Erath County Judge

(Incumbent Tab Thompson is not seeking re-election.)

Heath Allen

Alfonso Campos

Jon Koonsman

Shelby Slawson

Erath County Sheriff

Matt Coates (Coates was appointed to the position in Dec. 2016) 

Bobby Harpole

Clell Murray

Paul Tyus

District Judge Jason Cashon, County Court at Law Judge Blake Thompson, Justice of the Peace Bart Greenway and Shawnee Bass, District Clerk Wanda Pringle and County Clerk Gwinda Jones are also up for re-election.

Parks said they are all expected to file for another term and he does not expect any challengers.

Meanwhile the Erath County Republican Party meets at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of every month at The Agave.

“We will not be meeting in December because of the holidays and will resume in January,” Parks said. 

The Republican Party Primary is March 6. If there is a need for a runoff, that will take place on May 22.