Races have developed for three positions in the 2012 Brown County Republican Party primary, but the ballot isn't finalized yet.

Brad Locker, Brown County GOP chairman, said several candidates had secured places on the April 3 ballot for county positions by the time the deadline on the first filing period expired Monday evening.

A second filing period will begin in the near future, with the date to be announced, and continue through Feb. 1 under the terms of an agreement between the Republican and Democratic parties in Texas. Both party primaries will be held on the same date.

Contests have developed in the Republican Party primary for commissioner in Precincts 1 and 3, and for constable in Precinct 3.

Precinct 1 Commissioner Steve Adams will face challenger Tommy Blevins.

Precinct 3 Commissioner Richard Gist will face opponents Chris Cadenhead and Wayne Shaw.

Precinct 3 Constable C.T. Ham is being challenged by Keith Varner.

Others who have filed in the Republican Party primary, according to Locker, are Bobby Grubbs, sheriff (incumbent); Shane Britton, county attorney (incumbent); Cheryl Nelson, tax assessor (incumbent); Bob Beadel, Precinct 1 constable (incumbent); David Hefner, Precinct 2 constable (incumbent); and Jim Byars, Precinct 4 constable (incumbent).

Candidate for statewide positions, or in state judicial district positions like district judge and district attorney, file with state party officials in Austin.

No local candidates have been announced by the Democratic Party.

Winners of party primaries will face each other, as well as other certified candidates, in the November 2012 elections.