Generally precinct chair races have not been a big draw in Grayson County. In fact, some party chairmen in the past have complained they couldn’t find anyone to fill the positions. A recent move by former Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown to the position of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas changed that, at least for this political season.


Brown was nominated to the post by President Donald Trump in November. At the time, many thought Brown would be confirmed in time to allow candidates for his old post to be put on the ballot. For that reason, two of the men who worked for him as assistants put their names forward as Republican candidates. Both Britton Brooks and Brett Smith announced they would seek the nomination to run for the unexpired term that Brown left behind.


However, Brown’s confirmation lagged until after the deadline for getting on the ballot. That meant that the job of picking the person for the ballot in November fell to the precinct chairs. Precinct chairs are expected to discuss the matter when they meet at the county conventions in late March. When reached for a comment about the selection process on election night, both Brooks and Smith said it would be up to the Grayson County Republican Party Executive Committee.


Grayson County commissioners accepted applications to see who would run the office until such time as opening can be filled, either with an interim D.A. or with the person who is picked to be on the ballot by the precinct chairs.


Though the Democrats contend that the commissioners should not simply install the person the Republicans pick for their ballot because Democrat Pam McGraw has announced her intention to run for the position in the fall election.


So here are the results for the races for precinct chairs as Republicans:


Precinct 102


Sean Vanderveer 51 votes or 60 percent of the votes cast.


Welby Pleasant 34 votes or 40 percent of the votes cast.


Precinct 103


Tyson Bennett received 54 votes or 63.53 percent of the votes cast.


Danny Hutchins received 31 votes or 36.47 percent of the votes cast.


Precinct 108


Zack G. McConnell received 143 votes or 63 percent of the votes cast.


Mona Lee Robinett received 84 votes or 37 percent of the votes cast.


Precinct 206


Thomas A. Redwine received 130 votes or 63.41 percent of the votes cast.


Gregg Allen received 75 votes or 36.59 percent of the votes cast.


Precinct 207


Linda Arnold and Shelly Smith each received 69 votes or 46 percent of the votes cast in the three-way race for this seat, which will result in a runoff.


Tim Guerrero received 12 votes or 8 percent of the votes cast.


Precinct 208


Allen D. West received 105 votes or 56.76 percent of the votes cast.


Denise D. Lovelace received 80 votes or 43.24 percent of the votes cast.


Precinct 210


Dianna Whitlock received 212 votes or 65.43 percent of the votes cast.


Angela LeBlanc received 112 votes or 34.57 percent of the votes cast.


Precinct 302


Frank E. Alvarez Sr. received 177 votes or 31 percent of the votes cast.


John Davis received 394 votes or 69 percent of the votes cast.


Precinct 303


Craig Watson received 130 votes or 76.02 percent of the votes cast.


Kiki Osterman received 41 votes or 23.98 percent of the votes cast.


Precinct 304


Keri Steele received 294 votes or 62.16 percent of the votes cast.


Aaron Wilson received 179 votes or 37.84 percent of the votes cast.


Precinct 306


Cobly Meals received 369 votes or 55.74 percent of the votes cast.


William C. Welch received 293 votes or 44.26 percent of the votes cast.


Precinct 308


Rick Staples received 105 votes or 58.33 percent of the votes cast.


Craig Jezek received 75 votes or 41.67 percent of the votes cast.


Precinct 309


Charles Skeen received 43 votes or 44.33 percent of the votes cast.


Dianne Gravley received 54 votes or 55.67 percent of the votes cast.


Precinct 403


Curtis Macomb received 289 votes or 68 percent of the votes cast.


Duane Raine received 136 votes or 32 percent of the votes cast.


Precinct 404


Dennis Michael received 393 votes or 61.02 percent of the votes cast.


Sherry Thompson received 251 votes or 38.98 percent of the votes cast.


Precinct 408


Stacey Dishner Olmstead received 132 votes or 61.97 percent of the votes cast.


Tim E. Murin received 81 votes or 38.03 percent of the votes cast.