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The Knox County News-Courier—
KNOX CITY—The Knox County Republican party provided local voters a chance to find out more about candidates for the March 3 primary during a meeting here Saturday morning at the Bill Baker Auditorium.
Both Jennifer Habert and Lina Trevino, candidates for 50th District judge who had already introduced themselves with announcements in The News-Courier, made their cases why they deserved the office in the 10 minutes given them.
Sheriff Hunter Embesi also made a presentation, but his opponent Johnny Ivie did not attend.
Lee Harvey, a Wichita County commissioner, was the only District 13 candidate from a list of 15 to make an appearance. Following the lead of Rep. Mac Thornberry, the retiring office holder, he emphasized the importance of picking someone from the district, not outsiders.
Also attending were Johnny McCown, the Knox County Pct. 1 commissioner seeking reelection; Ray Herring, running for Pct. 3 in the fall; and Hunter Brooks, candidate for 50th District Attorney.
In addition, June Cansino provided information about Gina Parker, a candidate for Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 3.
Candidates had the opportunity to talk about the conditions of county roads, youths at risk and favoritism in the courts after questions were presented by Greg Oliver, Brandy Estrada and Donna Hight.
Knox County Republican Chair Lou Vail pointed out that voters in the primary also had the chance to express their opinions on 10 propositions and that the local party would have a meeting to select delegates for the state convention on March 22.
Early voting begins Feb. 18. If no candidate receives a majority in the primary, the top two vote-getters will compete in a primary runoff May 26. Texas is an open-primary state, so voters can decide every two years whether they’d rather help pick the Republican or the Democratic nominees (or hold out and go to third-party conventions). Whatever primary you decide to vote in, you can only vote in that same party’s runoff, if a runoff is held.