Lubbock County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4 Republican Primary is Now a Five-Way Race
The extended candidate filing deadline for two Lubbock County Republican Primary races closed Monday evening.
The office receiving most of the attention was the Lubbock County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4. Incumbent Justice Jean Anne Stratton (pictured, left) had originally filed to run for re-election, withdrew, had her withdrawal denied and then approved late last week. Stratton also had her daughter, Margaret Anne Brown, file for candidacy for the same office on the original filing deadline of December 9. With the Lubbock County Republican Party officially accepting Stratton's withdrawal late last week, the filing deadline for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4 was extended to December 16.
Four new candidates took advantage of the extended filing deadline: Ann-Marie Carruth, Gary Vaughn, Deborah Burton and Brenda Willis. They will run against Brown in the March Primary.
Willis earlier this year was appointed by the Lubbock County Commissioner's Court to fill the Constable, Precinct 4 vacancy. She filed to run for a full four-year term for constable before withdrawing her candidacy last week.
The second office that had an extended filing deadline for next year's Republican Primary was the aforementioned Lubbock County Constable, Precinct 4. Three people filed to run for that office: Donnie Carrasco, C.J. Peterson and Heath Rudder.
The Texas Primary Election will be held Tuesday, March 4, 2014.