Offices up for election in the March primaries include county commissioner for Precincts 1 and 3, county attorney, county sheriff, county tax assessor-collector, constables for all four precincts, and the office of justice of the peace for Precinct 4.
The deadline for filing as a candidate is Dec. 15.
Gary Deskin and Shelby Dupnik have filed as candates for the office of county commissioner, Precinct 1.
Incumbent James Rosales is the only candidate to file for county commissioner, Precinct 3.
Herb Hancock is the only candidate who has yet filed for the office of county attorney.
Incumbent David Jalufka, Spencer Stubbs III and Alfredo Barrientez have filed for the office of county sheriff.
Brenda Janysek is the only candidate who has yet filed for the office of tax assessor-collector.
Dennis Fenner is the only candidate who has yet filed for the office of Precinct 1 constable.
Donald Hons and James Douglas have both filed for the office of Precinct 2 constable.
No applicants have filed for the office of Precinct 3 constable.
Fernando Rios III is the only candidate who has filed for the office of Precinct 4 constable.
No applicants have filed for the office of Precinct 4 justice of the peace.
Candidates wishing to have their names placed on the ballot have until 5 p.m. on Dec. 15 to file an application with the county clerk’s office.
Candidates are encouraged to file in the political party of their choosing and both Republican and Democrat applications will be accepted.
The filing fee for constables and the justice of the peace will be $375. The filing fee for all other offices will be $750.
Karnes County Republican Party Chairman Jason Clay Jansky will be on hand at the courthouse from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 15 to take last-minute filings and assist candidates of both parties in filing for office.
Mary Julia Hickok, Democratic Chairman, will also be available to assist with last minute filings.
Those candidates seeking a waiver for the filing fee will have to collect a minimum of 50 signatures from voters who plan to vote in their party’s primary, according to Karnes County Clerk Carol Swize.
Voters who sign for a candidate in the Democrat party will be unable to vote in the Republican primary and voters who sign for a candidate in the Republican Party will not be able to vote in the Democrat primary.
Voters will be able to choose their party’s representation in the coming November general election.
Local candidates, as well as state and national candidates, will be on the ballot.
“This election year promises to be one of the most exciting in Texas history,” Jansky said. “We have local and national candidates filing in both offices and the race for who will receive the Republican nomination for president is still up in the air.”
“The face of Karnes County politics is changing,” Jansky said. “Democrat and Republican candidates are filing and the political diversity of Karnes County is evolving. Democrat Party Chairman Mary Julia Hickok and I both welcome and offer assistance to prospective candidates of either party who wish to participate in the coming election.”
The election effort in Karnes County is a non-partisan partnership aimed at helping prospective candidates, either Democrat or Republican; get their names on the ballot.
Further questions can be directed to the county clerk at 830-780-3938 or to the respective county party chairmen at the county courthouse.