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Denton County Republicans lead way in filings for 2018 races

Lynn Stucky, R-Denton, is officially running for re-election as state representative for District 64. 

Stucky completed his candidate filing with the Denton County Republican Party on Thursday, according to candidate filing information from Deon Starnes, executive director of the county group. No one else has filed to run against him in the March 2018 primary election. 

Stucky is one of 26 GOP candidates who have filed paperwork to run for office with the party since Nov. 11, the first day candidates could file. These candidates will be on the March 6 ballot. The Republican winners will then head to the general election Nov. 6, 2018. 

Democratic Party candidate Mat Pruneda, a Denton-based financial analyst, has filed to run for Stucky's seat.

For the U.S. House of Representatives, Michael Burgess, R-Pilot Point, is seeking re-election to represent District 26. Democrat Linsey Fagan, a Keller resident and vice president at an investment firm, has also filed for the seat.

Additionally, Democrat John Biggan, a brain research scientist based in Hurst, has filed for the District 24 seat in the U.S. Congress. Kenny Marchant, R-Irving, currently holds the seat but has not officially filed for re-election, according to the Texas Secretary of State's Office or local party filings. 

Clint Bedsole, a Frisco entrepreneur and veteran, and Jared Patterson, a Frisco resident who works in energy services, both filed for the District 106 House seat with the local GOP. Michael Rhea, a Frisco business owner, has filed with the Democratic Party for the seat as well. Pat Fallon, R-Frisco, is the incumbent and has declared his intent to run against GOP incumbent Craig Estes of Wichita Falls for the state Senate seat in District 30. 

Ron Simmons, R-Carrollton, filed for re-election as state representative in District 65. He has held the seat since January 2013. 

Tan Parker, R-Flower Mound, has filed for re-election for the District 63 state representative seat. This is his seventh run for the office, and is currently unopposed in the primary.

At the county level, several Republicans have filed for re-election. According to the secretary of state's website, no Democrats have filed for county-level positions. 

The current chairman of the Denton County Republican Party, John Dillard, has filed to be chairman of the party. He recently replaced Lisa Hendrickson, who resigned.

Paul Johnson is seeking a fourth term as Denton County district attorney. 

Two people have filed to be Denton County commissioners. Ron Marchant filed to stay in the Precinct 2 seat, and Itamar Gelbman, a Flower Mound businessman, filed for Precinct 4. Andy Eads currently holds the post, but is expected to run for the Denton County judge seat. 

Margaret E. Barnes, judge of the 367th District Court, has also filed to maintain the seat. Two other district court judges have filed for re-election: Brody Shanklin, 211th District Court; and Steve Burgess, 158th District Court. 

Bonnie Robison has filed for re-election as Denton County probate judge. 

Joe Holland, longtime justice of the peace for Precinct 1, is facing a challenger in the primary — Danny Fletcher, a sergeant with the Denton Police Department.  

William Lawrence, former Highland Village mayor, and James Kerbow, a Lewisville-based property manager, are both running for justice of the peace Precinct 3. Justice of the Peace Mike Oglesby of Precinct 5 is seeking re-election, as is Justice of the Peace Gary W. Blanscet of Precinct 6. 

Kimberly McCary has filed to maintain her seat as judge of County Court at Law No. 1, and Robert Ramirez has filed to keep his seat as judge of County Court at Law No. 2. 

Three incumbents have filed to maintain their posts as judges in county criminal court: David D. Garcia, County Criminal Court No. 3; Jim Crouch, County Criminal Court No. 1; and Coby Waddill, County Criminal Court No. 5. 

Two newcomers have also filed: Chance Oliver, a private practice attorney in Denton, for County Criminal Court No. 4, and Susan Piel, a private practice attorney in Denton, for County Criminal Court No. 2. 

Candidates have until Dec. 11 to file with their affiliated party. 

JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889.