BALLINGER- The United States District Court for the Western District of Texas issued an order that sets the filing deadline for all federal, state, and local offices at 6 p.m. Monday, December 19, 2011 said County Judge Barry Hilliard.

The filing date was originally set for Monday, December 12, and had been pushed back to Thursday, December 15 at 6 p.m.

Positions up for elections in Runnels County are County Sheriff, County Attorney, Tax Assessor-Collector, County Commissioner Precinct 1, County Commissioner Precinct 3, Constable Precinct 1 and Constable Precinct 2.

Incumbents are Sheriff Bill Baird, County Attorney Stuart Holden, Tax Assessor-Collector Robin Burgess, County Commissioner, Precinct 1 Bobby Moore, County Commissioner, Precinct 3 Thurman Self, Constable, Precinct 1 Wayne Poehls, and Constable, Precinct 2 Archie Jobe.

Candidates participating in the Runnels County Primary Election have filed for the Republican Party only. The Democratic Party in Runnels County has not yet received any candidate interested in running for the March Primary.

To file with the Republican Party, a candidate will need to contact Charles Hensley at 601 CR 259, Ballinger, Texas 76821, (325) 365 8262 at home or (325) 365 1082 (cell).

To file with the Democratic Party, a candidate will need to contact Jane Jeschke at Box 402, Miles, Texas 76861 (325) 468 3841 (home).

The 2012 Primary will be held on Tuesday, March 6. If a runoff is needed the runoff will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2012.

Candidates filing for the Republican Party are:

RUNNELS COUNTY SHERIFF

Bill Baird (incumbent)

Quentin Watkins (challenger)

RUNNELS COUNTY COUNTY ATTORNEY

Ken Slimp

TAX ASSESSOR/COLLECTOR

Robin Burgess (incumbent)

COUNTY COMMISSIONER PCT. 1

Bobby Moore (incumbent)

COUNTY COMMISSIONER PCT. 1

Sam Scott

CONSTABLE PCT. 1

Wayne Poehls (incumbent)

CONSTABLE PCT. 2

Archie Jobe (incumbent)

Nathan Johnson (challenger)