Just when you thought election season was over, all of a sudden you’re asked to vote again. On November 13, 2021 will begin the filing process in Texas to run for state and county political seats. Unlike municipal elections, in order to run for a political office you must have a political affiliation/party next to your name on the ballot. Even though filing has not begun, there are already several Terry County people wanting to vie for certain offices at the county level.
According to the Terry County Joint Elections Administrator Krystal Valentin there are seven Terry County Offices up for elections. Those include County Commissioner Precinct 2: currently held by Kirby Keesee; County Commissioner Precinct 4: currently held by Ernesto Elizardo; County Clerk: currently held by Kim Carter, Justice of the Peace: currently held by Judge Angie Garza; County Treasure: currently held by Karen Grigsby. Also the County Judge seat will become up for grabs as the incumbent and current office holder Judge J.D. “Butch” Wagner has decided to retire at the end of his term on December 31, 2022. The same will go for the District Clerk’s office, as Paige Lindsey has decided to retire as well.
There are a few people who have already expressed interest in some of the offices up for election. For the County Treasure office, two have expressed interest in the job. One is Andrea Perry, who is already in the Treasures office as an assistant to the current County Treasure Grigsby, the other is Tessa Clark. Both have filed their Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer (CTA).
In the Justice of the Peace race, M.J. Harrell has expressed interest in this office. She has also filed her CTA. Current office holder Judge Angie Garza will announce soon whether she will seek re-election. In the District Clerks office, only one person so far has interest in the job, and has filed her CTA and that is Tiffany O’Briant ,who is one of the current Deputy District Clerks.
The County Judge’s office already has two looking to fill the seat. Scott Jackson, who is currently the City of Brownfield Parks & Recreation Director, has file his CTA and looks to be placed on the ballot as a Democrat. Former Texas Ranger & former Terry County Sheriff Larry Gilbreath, who is currently retired, has filed his CTA for Terry County Judge. Gilbreath looks to be placed on the ballot as a Republican.
In the County Commissioner Precinct 2 race, Narcisco “Shorty” Martinez has filed his CTA.
County Commissioner Precinct 4, and the County Clerks office has yet to have anyone outside of those who currently hold the office express interest or have filed a CTA to show interest in those offices. Of course all this could change beginning Nov. 13, 2021 when the filing period begins. The period ends on December 13, 2021.
Those who want to seek election for these county offices can do so by going by the Terry County Annex at 507-A West Main in Brownfield or you can call to get more information at 806.300.8965.
Also those who have filed for CTA does not mean they will actually file for those positions. This is to show their expressed interest in the elected office.