“It’s a wonderful thing,” says Llano County’s Republican chairman, Ron Hewitt. “It’s a groundswell; people are waking up. They’re taking more interest in what’s happening, and they want to get involved.” That’s his explanation for the fact that 27 Republican candidates have signed up for county offices this election year. As supporting evidence, he points to the response to an invitation sent out to party members December 29, inviting them to a ballot-order drawing meeting January 6. “More people showed up than anyone could remember, here in little Llano County. It’s almost unbelievable that people would react this way.”
The abundance of Republican candidates has made for some potentially very interesting races in the March 2 Primary. Four candidates (Jesse James, Marvin Gray, Paul Green and Linda Raschke) have announced for the seat of retiring commissioner Henry Parker, of Precinct #2. Three candidates (Bob Sykes, W. Kermit Robinson and Sheila Stewart) have come forward to challenge Justice of the Peace Richard Owen in Precinct #1, and Tim McCray has filed to run against Justice of the Peace Linda Ballard in Precinct #2. Roy Inks II and Don Stiles are competing for the chance to run against Commissioner Jerry Don Moss (Precinct #4), the lone Democratic office-holder in Llano County.
County Judge Wayne Brascom is running unopposed for re-election, as are District Clerk Joyce Gillow, County Clerk Bette Sue Hoy, County Treasurer Sandra Overstreet, County Surveyor Fred Thompson and Justices of the Peace Era Marion (Precinct #3) and Brian Alexander (Precinct #4). There are no contested county elections in the Democratic Primary.