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Primary elections feature Republican contests

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Election ballots are completed for the March 3 party primaries, and the only contests on tap for local offices in Bandera County are in the Republican Primary, records filed with the Texas Secretary of State show.

Those records show that Commissioner Bruce Eliker has drawn opposition from retired Army Special Forces member Troy Konvicka in the race for Bandera County’s Precinct 1 commissioner’s nomination and that Commissioner Jack Moseley has drawn opposition from Leanne Beauxbeannes, the volunteer coordinator with Bandera County Emergency Management, in the race for the Precinct 3 commissioner’s nomination.

In addition, Bandera County Constable Precinct 2 Ernest Reich III is being opposed by contractor Greg Spengler in the Republican nomination for that post.

Gwenda Tschirhart has decided not to seek reelection to the Bandera County Tax Assessor-Collector’s post, and her chief deputy, Rebekah “Reba” Douglas, is running in the Republican Primary for the opportunity to replace Tschirhart.

Races also are on the Republican ballot in March for the county attorney, sheriff and the other three constable posts in the county, but only the incumbents have filed to run.

In addition, Gina Grothues, a Lakehills businesswoman who was appointed last month by Bandera County commissioners to the Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace post to replace the retiring judge, Bobbie Joe Basing-er, is the only Republican seeking the nomination to that position.

No Democratic candidates have filed for the chance to fill any of the local offices, and no candidates were listed from the Green, Libertarian and Independent parties for those posts.

The primary election is expected to be hotly contested since the parties will nominate their candidates for president, all the U.S. representatives and some U.S. Senators, including Texas’ senior Sen. John Cornyn.

In district races affecting Bandera County, District 24 State Sen. Dawn Buckingham, R-Lakeway, and 53rd District State Rep. Andrew Murr, R-Junction, have filed for renomination.

No Republicans filed against them, but each has drawn a Democratic opponent, Clayton Tucker of Killeen for the state senate nomination and Joe P. Herrera of Natalia for the state representative nomination.

Those races will be on the primary ballots in Bandera County.

The Bandera County Republican Women will host a meet-the-candidate session for the Republicans competing for the Bandera County commissioners’ positions and the Precinct 2 Constable post on Thursday, Jan. 2.

It will be held in the Community Meeting Room at the Bandera Electric Cooperative headquarters, 3172 Highway 16 North outside of Bandera, beginning at 6 p.m. A social will be held by the group 30 minutes before the meeting.

Each candidate will be given five minutes to address the public about his or her qualifications and reasons for running. The public is invited.