In this week’s issue, the Pleasanton Express reports on the filings for the upcoming elections that are of critical importance to this county. Atascosa County Judge Bob Hurley is not seeking re-election at this date to run for county judge. He still has, as do all candidates, time to file as the deadline is Dec.13. But at this time, two Republicans are running for the office of Atascosa County Judge—Weldon P. Cude and Camila Chapa Mares. We ran an announcement ad and story on Mr. Cude in the July 14 issue of the Pleasanton Express. This week, we run Mrs. Mares’ announcement ad and story. In all future stories regarding the future office of county judge, both Mr. Cude and Mrs. Mares will be featured with equal time given to each to respond.
The Pleasanton Express is dedicated to providing our readers as much information about the Primary Election to be held March 2022, and the General Election to be held November 2022. We will once again be holding a Candidate Forum open to all candidates that represent Atascosa County. Details to come soon as the forum will be held in late January before early voting begins.
There are many changes in our county due to redistricting. Rep. Ryan Guillen who has represented Atascosa County for years, will no longer be our representative as Atascosa County is not in District 31, but District 80. Worth noting, Rep. Guillen has now switched from the Democrat Party to run as a Republican. Senator Pete Flores who represented us for SD19 is now running for senator for SD24. Senator Judith Zaffirini will no longer be representing Atascosa County for SD21. These are just a few of the changes that you will find to be different in the 2022 election.
Atascosa County Republican candidates who filed their application to date are:
– County Court-At- Law Judge: Bob Brendel (incumbent)
– 81st District Judge: Trent Rowell
– District Clerk: Margaret E. Littleton (incumbent)
– County Judge: Weldon P. Cude and Camila Chapa Mares
– County Treasurer: Laura Pawelek (incumbent)
– County Clerk: Theresa Carrasco and Jeremy Fernandez
– County Commissioner Pct. 2: Stuart Knowlton (incumbent)
– County Commissioner Pct. 4: Kennard Riley (incumbent)
– Justice of the Peace Pct. 1: Felix Herrera III (incumbent)
– Justice of the Peace Pct. 3: Willie Leal Jr.
– Justice of the Peace Pct. 3: R.G. Poth, Rusty Prasifka Republican candidates filing for Precinct Chair are:
– Precinct 1: Pamela Bomar Schuchart
– Precinct 7: Reece Beck
– Precinct 8: Patrick Doty
– Precinct 10: Marian Knowlton
– Precinct 13: Patrice Wassing
– Precinct 15: Jody Elrod
– Precinct 17: Caroline George
– Precinct 18: Bill Schuchman
– Precinct 20: Gaylan Bryan
– Precinct 21: Lana Renae McDaniel
– Precinct 24: Christina R. Lozano
Except for the Precinct Chair filings, all other candidate filings have until 6 p.m. on Dec. 13 to turn in their applications to either Republican Chair Vaughn or Democratic Chair Hilberg. We are waiting for word from Ms. Hilberg on the names of Democrats who have filed for offices.
Early Voting for the March 1 primary begins Feb. 4, 2022. Among the statewide offices on the ballot are governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, comptroller, agriculture commissioner, land commissioner, railroad commissioner and seven states on the state board of education.
If you are not one of Atascosa County’s 29,000 registered voters, go register today at votetex.gov.
NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES is the Publisher and Managing Editor of the Pleasanton Express. You may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.