Local, state and federal candidates in the March 3, 2020 Republican Party Primary election met potential voters at a well-a meet-and-greet event Tuesday evening at Teddy’s Brewhous in Brownwood.
The Brown County Republican Women’s Club hosted the event.
With the filing period closed — with the exception of the House District 60 race, which is seeing deadline extension because of the last-minute withdrawal of incumbent Mike Lang — no local races have developed.
Running unopposed in local races are Sheriff Vance Hill, County Tax Assessor-Collector Christine Pentecost, County Attorney Shane Britton, District Attorney Micheal Murray, political newcomer Mike Smith, who has filed to run for 35th District Judge Steve Ellis’ seat, Precinct 1 County Commissioner Gary Worley, Precinct 3 Commissioner Wayne Shaw, Precinct 1 Constable Robert Mullins, Troy Henderson, a political newcomer who filed for the constable’s seat in Precinct 2, Precinct 3 constable Roy Parrack and Mike Isbell, who has previously run for public office and has filed to run for the Precinct 4 constable’s seat.
Candidates or their representatives for the House District 60, U.S. representative in Texas District 11 and 11th Court of Appeals were represented at the event.
Smith, an attorney with the Haynes Law Firm in Brownwood, said he had expected to have an opponent in the primary election and is grateful to be running unopposed.
“Obviously, I’m very excited, appreciative, grateful,” Smith said.
Smith said he can focus on current job and has “plenty of time to think and prepare” since he does not spend time campaigning.
On Feb. 4, the Brown County Republican Party will hold a forum for candidates in the Republican primary election beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Victory Life Church.