|Early voting under way for March 9 primaries|
|From Staff Reports|
Feb. 27, 2004 -- Early voting for the March 9 Primary Elections got underway this morning in the Hopkins County courthouse, first floor in the commissioners' courtroom. By midday Monday, 21 early ballots had been cast in the Democratic Primary and five in the Republican Primary.
Democratic voters will have only one contested election in the county, the race for the office of district attorney. Heath Hyde, a Sulphur Springs native and currently an assistant district attorney in Dallas County, is running against Martin Braddy for the Democratic nomination for district attorney. Braddy is currently an assistant district attorney for Hopkins County.
Democrats, unopposed in their reelection bids, include Sheriff Butch Adams, County Tax Assessor/Collector Debbie Jenkins, County Attorney Dusty Hyde Rabe, Precinct 1 Constable Roger "Tex" Maynard, and Precinct 2 Constable Larry Argenbright.
Don Patterson is unchallenged for the Democratic nomination for County Commissioner Precinct 3 and, on the Republican ballot, Phillip Anderson is seeking his party's nomination for the Pct. 3 Commissioner's post. Patterson and Anderson will face off on the General Election ballot in November.
Republican Precinct 1 Commissioner Beth Wisenbaker is unchallenged for reelection.
Contested races developed in both the Democratic and Republican primaries for State Representative District 3.
Incumbent Representative Mark Homer, of Paris, is being challenged in his reelection bid by Richard Bradley Weemes, also of Paris, on the Democratic ballot
Republicans Kirby Hollingsworth and Jeff Cunningham are seeking the Republican nomination for the state representative's office.
Early voting will continue through Friday, March 5.