By Jerrie Whiteley

By Jerrie Whiteley

Herald Democrat

The filing deadline has passed for those who wanted to throw their hats in the ring for a number of Grayson County offices that are up for election during the March 2014 primaries.

A couple of county races have drawn a number of competitors including the office of county judge and that of justice of the peace in Precinct 2.

In the county judge race, some of the area’s most noted politicians will face off against one another. The race pits former Sherman Mayor Bill Magers against long-time Grayson County Commissioner Gene Short, current County Treasurer Trent Bass and area businessman Jim Maddock. Grayson County Judge Drue Bynum did not seek to return to his spot at the center of the Grayson County Commissioner’s Court.

The next most contested race will decide who replaces long-time Justice of the Peace James Harris. Harris retired last year. Frank Budra was appointed to Harris’ spot until the upcoming election. Those who will seek to replace Budra include David Hawley, a Grayson County Sheriff’s lieutenant and member of the Denison Independent School District Board, along with H. Gene Alyea, Mike Springer and Thomas D. Roesler.

The race to see who will be justice of the peace in Precinct in Precinct 4 also drew several challengers with Debbie Lowry, Rita G. Noel and Jeff Stanley all running for the spot. Larry Ashley, who currently holds the spot, did not file for re-election.

Starr Stanley of Howe and Gayle Hawkins of Pottsboro have both filed to take the treasurer’s spot that has no incumbent since Bass is seeking the county judge’s spot.

David Whitlock, commissioner Precinct 2, drew a challenger in Gary Cox of Denison.

Other Grayson County elected officials who are up for re-election but did not draw challengers include: James Corley "Corky" Hendeson, judge of Grayson County Court-at-law #1; Carol M. Siebman, County Court-at-law #2; Wilma Bush, Grayson County clerk; Bart Lawrence, Grayson County commissioner, Precinct 4; Grayson County District Clerk Kelly Ashmore; and Brian K. Gary, judge of the 397th state District Court.

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The Herald Democrat does not allow candidates to attack opponents in the announcement article. Also, the Herald Democrat does not allow candidates to include endorsements of any kind from anyone in the announcement article.

The final day on which the announcement articles will run is Jan. 31. Candidates must have their information in to the Herald Democrat at least two weeks prior to that date in order for the article to run.

Other important dates for the March 4 Primary:

• Jan. 3 — first day for voters to submit an application for ballot by mail for the March 4 Pimary;

• Feb. 3 — last day to register to vote in the primary;

• Feb. 18 — first day of early voting for the primary;

• Feb. 21 — last day to apply to vote by mail;

• Feb. 28 — last day of early voting in person.