Bulletin Staff Report

A race has developed in the Republican primary election in the seat for Brown County judge.

Incumbent Ray West, 55, an attorney who has held the seat since 1992, filed Friday for a place on the ballot.

Contractor Joe Cooksey is challenging West in the March 2 GOP primary.

Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Walter B. Croft, who has run for office previously as a Democrat, filed Thursday to run in the Republican primary.

Other Republican candidates who have filed earlier for places on the primary ballot are  County Treasurer Ann Krpoun, County Clerk Sharon Ferguson, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Joel Kelton, Precinct 4 County Commissioner Larry Traweek, Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Bryan Thompson and Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Jim Cavanaugh.

Democrats Eva Stuart and A.J. Dickerson have filed for election as chairmen of precincts 214 and 306 respectively, and David Bullion has filed to run for Brown County Democrat Party Chairman.

State Rep. Jim Keffer of Eastland filed earlier to run for re-election of House District 60.

U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway of Midland also filed earlier to run again in District 11.

The primary filing period ends Jan. 4. Candidates for county offices should file their intention to seek office in party primaries with county party chairmen. At the district and state levels, candidates should file with state election officials in Austin.