|Races develop for primary, general elections|
|Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor|
January 3, 2006 - Following the end of the filing period for the March Primary Elections, two contested races have developed on the Democratic ballot and an almost full slate of candidates on the Republican ballot.
Along with two candidates for the office of county treasurer, a contested race developed just before the end of the filing period when Demetra Robinson of Como filed as a candidate for the office of justice of the peace, Precinct One. Incumbent Yvonne King filed for reelection on the first day of the filing period.
Robinson currently serves as presiding municipal judge in Commerce.
In the race for county treasurer, Treva Watson, an assistant in the county auditor’s office, and Jim Rooks, former district administrator for Congressman Jim Chapman will be seeking the Democratic nomination for the post while Cheryl Fulcher is the only Republican candidate for the post.
Fulcher will face the winner of the Democratic nomination in the November General Election.
A two-man race initially developed for the Precinct 4 county commissioner office when Brian Steward signed up to challenge one-term incumbent Danny Evans for the job. Steward later dropped out of the race without offering any explanation.
The Republican Party is also fielding candidates for county judge and for judge of Hopkins County Court-at-Law.
Incumbent Democrat Amy Smith is seeking reelection to the bench and will be challenged by Republican Eddie Northcutt in November.
A November race has also developed for Hopkins County judge. Incumbent Cletis Millsap is unopposed for the Democratic nomination for the office but will face Republican Jason Cunningham on the November ballot.
Other incumbents who have filed for reelection include County Clerk Debbie Shirley, Tax Assessor/Collector Debbie Jenkins, District Clerk Patricia Dorner, Precinct 2 Commissioner Burke Bullock and Justice of the Peace Ronny Glossup in Pct. 2.
�Mark Homer, Democratic incumbent candidate for state representative, District 3, is unopposed on his bid for his party�s nomination in March, but will face Republican candidate Kirby Hollingsworth in the November General Election.