Grayson County Democratic Party seeks candidates to oppose Republican incumbents up for re-election in 2018.

Grayson County Democratic Party seeks candidates to oppose local Republican incumbents up for re-election in 2018:
397th Judicial District Judge Brian Gary
County Commissioner David Whitlock, Precinct 2
County Commissioner Bart Lawrence, Precinct 4
County Clerk Wilma Bush
County Court at Law # 1 Judge James Henderson
County Court at Law # 2 Judge Carol Siebman
County Judge Bill Magers
District Clerk Kelly Ashmore
Justice of Peace, Precinct 2 David Hawley
Justice of Peace, Precinct 3 Mike Reeves
Justice of Peace, Precinct 4 Rita Noel
Treasurer Gayla Hawkins
Texas Secretary of State Resources and Legal Library
Senator Ted Cruz
Representative John Ratcliffe
Texas State Representative Larry Phillips

The Grayson County Democratic Party seeks candidates. You must be a U.S. citizen.  Some positions require specific training courses if you are elected.

397th Judicial District Judge:  (Incumbent:  Brian Gary)
Must be at least 25 years of age.  Must have lived in Texas and Grayson County for 2 years.  Have been a practicing lawyer for at least 4 years.

County Commissioner, Precinct 2 (Incumbent:  David Whitlock)
Must be at least 18 years of age.  Must have lived in Texas for 12 months and lived in precinct for at least 6 months.

County Commissioner:

  • As member of the Commissioners Court, exercises broad policy-making authority.
  • Represents one of four precincts within the county.
  • Typically responsible for building and maintaining county roads and bridges within the precinct.

        The Commissioners Court conducts the general business of the county and consists of the County Judge and four Commissioners.

The Court:

  • Adopts the county’s budget and tax rate.
  • Approves all budgeted purchases of the county.
  • Fills vacancies in elective and appointive offices.
  • Sets all salaries and benefits.
  • Has exclusive authority to authorize contracts.
  • Provides and maintains all county buildings and facilities.

County Commissioner, Precinct 4 (Incumbent:  Bart Lawrence)

Must be at least 18 years of age.  Must have lived in Texas for 12 months and lived in precinct for at least 6 months.

County Commissioner:

  • As member of the Commissioners Court, exercises broad policy-making authority.
  • Represents one of four precincts within the county.
  • Typically responsible for building and maintaining county roads and bridges within the precinct.

County Clerk:  (Incumbent:  Wilma Bush)

Must be at least 18 years of age.  Must have lived in Texas for 12 months and lived in county for at least 6 months.

The County Clerk:

  • Serves as clerk and custodian of records for the Commissioners Court, Constitutional County Court and Statutory County Courts.
  • Acts as a recorder and custodian of important public records, including all bonds, deeds, birth and death certificates, assumed names and livestock brands, ensuring that records are maintained in a secure, archival manner.
  • Issues marriage licenses.
  • Serves as chief elections officer in most counties.

County Court at Law # 1 Judge:  (Incumbent:  James Henderson)

Must be at least 25 years of age.  Must have lived in Texas and Grayson County for 2 years.  Must be licensed to practice law.

County Court at Law # 2 Judge:  (Incumbent:  Carol Siebman)

Must be at least 25 years of age.  Must have lived in Texas and Grayson County for 2 years.  Must be licensed to practice law.

County Judge (Incumbent:  Bill Magers)

Must be at least 18 years of age.  Must have lived in Texas for 12 months and lived in county for at least 6 months.  Does not have to be a lawyer.

The County Judge:

  • Presiding officer of the Commissioners Court.
  • Represents the county in many administrative functions.
  • Serves as budget officer in counties with fewer than 225,000 residents.
  • Most have broad judicial duties, such as presiding over misdemeanor criminal and small civil cases, probate matters and appeals from the Justice of the Peace Court.
  • Serves as head of emergency management.

District Clerk:  (Incumbent:  Kelly Ashmore)

Must be at least 18 years of age.  Must have lived in Texas for 12 months and lived in county for at least 6 months.

The District Clerk:

  • Serves as clerk and custodian of all records for the District Courts.
  • Indexes and secures all court records, collects filing fees, and handles funds held in litigation and money awarded to minors.
  • Coordinates the jury panel selection process.
  • May process passport applications.
  • Manages court registry funds.

Justice of Peace, Precinct 2 (Incumbent David Hawley)

Must be at least 18 years of age.  Must have lived in Texas for 12 months and lived in precinct for at least 6 months.  Does not have to be a lawyer.

The Justice of Peace:

  • Hears traffic and other Class C misdemeanor cases punishable by fine only.
  • Hears civil cases with up to $10,000 in controversy.
  • Hears landlord and tenant disputes.
  • Hears truancy cases.
  • Performs magistrate duties.
  • Conducts inquests.

Justice of Peace, Precinct 3 (Incumbent Mike Reeves)

Must be at least 18 years of age.  Must have lived in Texas for 12 months and lived in precinct for at least 6 months.  Does not have to be a lawyer.

The Justice of Peace:

  • Hears traffic and other Class C misdemeanor cases punishable by fine only.
  • Hears civil cases with up to $10,000 in controversy.
  • Hears landlord and tenant disputes.
  • Hears truancy cases.
  • Performs magistrate duties.
  • Conducts inquests.

Justice of Peace, Precinct 4 (Incumbent Rita Noel)

Must be at least 18 years of age.  Must have lived in Texas for 12 months and lived in precinct for at least 6 months.  Does not have to be a lawyer.
The Justice of Peace:

  • Hears traffic and other Class C misdemeanor cases punishable by fine only.
  • Hears civil cases with up to $10,000 in controversy.
  • Hears landlord and tenant disputes.
  • Hears truancy cases.
  • Performs magistrate duties.
  • Conducts inquests.

Treasurer (Incumbent:  Gayla Hawkins).

Must be at least 18 years of age.  Must have lived in Texas for 12 months and lived in county for at least 6 months.

The Treasurer:

  • Receives and deposits all county revenues.
  • Acts as chief liaison between the county and depository banks.
  • Prepares the payroll.
  • Disburses funds upon the order of the Commissioners Court.
  • Records receipts and expenditures and reconciles bank statements.
  • May be designated as the county’s investment officer and required to submit regular reports on county finance to the members of the Commissioners Court.
  • May also act as the county’s human resources officer, employee benefits coordinator, risk manager and insurance coordinator.
  • May have some audit responsibilities in counties with no Auditor.

We do not have the official deadlines to file for the 2018 elections, but typically the deadline to file in order to be on the ballot in the March primary is between November 14 and December 14.

Information on this page provided by Pamela McGraw Attorney at Law

Grayson County elections information

Download this document and county salaries pdf:
– County-offices-for-reelection-2018.docx
County salaries

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