SEGUIN — Candidate filing ended at 6 p.m. Friday for the May 29 primary election in which Republicans and Democrats will choose their nominees for the November general election.
The filing period was reopened in an order from the three-member panel of federal judges in San Antonio hearing lawsuits challenging the redistricting maps adopted last year by the Texas Legislature.
The judges also ordered election officials to use interim maps for congressional and legislative districts and to conduct the primary election on May 29 and the primary runoff election on July 31.
One of the candidates who filed on the final day of the reopened period was Guadalupe County Attorney Elizabeth Murray-Kolb who is seeking the Republican nomination to fill an unexpired term on the Texas Railroad Commission.
Murray-Kolb faces three other candidates in the race: Al Lee of Dallas, Greg Parker of New Braunfels and Barry Smitherman of Austin.
Among other candidates who filed on the final day are Rebecca Cervera of McAllen and Jim Kuiken of Weslaco who both are seeking the Republican nomination from the 15th Congressional District.
The federal court’s interim map of congressional districts places almost all of Guadalupe County in District 15 except for a small area on the western edge of the county which is in District 35.
Cervera and Kuiken join two other candidates in the GOP race — Dale A. Brueggemann of Seguin and Eddie Zamora of Edinburg who has been the Republican nominee in several previous unsuccessful bids for the District 15 seat in Congress.
The incumbent, U.S. Rep. Ruben Hinojosa of Mercedes, faces four challengers in the Democratic primary: David Cantu of Linn, Jane “Juanita Cruz” Cross of Edinburg, Ruben Ramon of Edinburg and Johnny “JP” Partain of McAllen.
Guadalupe County currently is represented in Congress by U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar of Laredo, but Cuellar’s redrawn District 28 does not include this county. Cuellar is unopposed in the Democratic primary, but he has drawn a challenger, William R. Hayward of San Marcos, who is running for the Republican nomination for the District 28 seat.
District 35, which includes a small portion of Guadalupe County, is one of the new congressional districts created because the 2010 Census showed Texas is entitled to four more seats in Congress.
Although the new district has no incumbent, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Austin, who currently represents District 25, is seeking re-election from District 35. He has drawn two Democratic opponents, Sylvia Romo and Maria Luisa Alvarado, both of San Antonio, and three challengers running for the GOP nomination for District 35 — Susan Narvaiz of San Marcos, Rob Roark of San Marcos and John Yoggerst of San Antonio.
Three candidates are vying to succeed 25th District Judge Dwight Peschel who announced last year that he did not plan to seek re-election. All three candidates for the Republican nomination are Seguin attorneys: Stephen D. Finch, Kevin Kolb and William D. “Bill” Old III.
Second 25th District Judge W.C. “Bud” Kirkendall has no opponent from either party in his bid for re-election.
District Attorney Heather McMinn is seeking re-election to a second term, and she is being challenged in the GOP primary by local attorney Patricia Finch.
Two candidates are vying to succeed Murray-Kolb as county attorney — Robert Etlinger and David Willborn. Etliner currently serves as first assistant county attorney, and Willborn formerly was an assistant district attorney.
Precinct 1 County Commissioner Roger Baenziger has two opponents in his race for re-election — Greg Seidenberger and Robin Walker.
Precinct 3 County Commissioner Jim Wolverton has no opposition for re-election. Other unopposed officeholders include Sheriff Arnold Zwicke and Tax Assessor-Collector Tavie Murphy.
Four constable positions are on this year’s ballot, and there are multiple candidates for all four.
Precinct 1 incumbent Bobby Jahns faces Earl Piatt in the Republican primary, and Precinct 2 incumbent Steven Garcia, who has no opponent in the Democratic primary, will face the winner of the GOP primary race between Jimmy Harless and Curle Price.
Precinct 3 incumbent Travis Payne will take on three opponents in the Republican primary: Michael Skrobarcek, Marvin Thomas and Ray York. In November, the Republican nominee for Precinct 3 constable will face Democrat Bobby Jones who is unopposed in his primary race.
Precinct 4 incumbent Gene Mayes is being challenged in the GOP primary by Patrick Reynolds.
State Rep. John Kuempel has no opponent from either party in his campaign for re-election to a second term in the Texas House.
State Sen. Jeff Wentworth of San Antonio faces two Republicans, Donna Campbell of New Braunfels and Elizabeth Ames Jones of San Antonio, and the Republican nominee will take on Democrat John Courage of San Antonio in the November general election.
Wentworth’s District 25 includes most of northwestern Guadalupe County, but the remainder of the county falls into Senate District 21 represented by Judith Zaffirini of Laredo. Zaffirini has no opponent in the Democratic primary, and Republican Grant Rostig of Lockhart is unopposed in his campaign for the party’s nomination for the District 21 Senate seat.
Early voting for the May 29 primaries will be conducted from May 14 through May 25.