Ballots Set for March Primaries

AMARILLO - The official filing period for the March primaries is officially closed.

One of the names missing from the list is perhaps the most surprising.

After 24 years in office, longtime Randall County District Attorney James Farren will not be seeking re-election.

Farren is the longest-serving Randall County DA ever. Now, he is hoping to hand over his seat to his Assistant Robert Love.

Farren said he is hoping to join the staff at West Texas A&M University where he would teach criminal justice.

He certainly has the experience. On top of the 24-years as DA, he was an assistant prosecutor in Potter County for 10 years. He has also served as a federal prosecutor and a police officer.

Farren is also a Vietnam Veteran.

His longtime assistant Robert Love is the only candidate to file for Farren's position.

Farren said he would feel comfortable knowing Love was taking over his office.

If no one else files, Love would likely win that seat.

Also in Randall County, there is also a trio of candidates seeking the Republican nomination for County Clerk.

Jami Love, Marie McNutt, and Susie Allen have all signed-up.

In the Republican primary for State Senate District 31, the incumbent Kel Seliger has two opponents. Former Midland Mayor Mike Canon and Amarillo restaurant owner Victor Leal.

In the Republican race for District 87 Representative, the incumbent Four Price will face off against Drew Brassfield.

One of the biggest little races in Potter County will be for Justice of the Peace Place Two.

The incumbent, Richard Herman, has a Republican opponent, Robert Taylor, has filed for the GOP nomination.

Whoever wins that race will likely face Democrat Claudio Griego in the November election. She is the lone Democratic candidate on the ballot.

The filing period is officially closed unless someone has turned in a letter of intent with the county judge to run as an independent.

"So they have to wait until the Democratic and Republican primaries are over, and look for people who didn't vote in either of those elections, but yet are registered voters, in order to the get the number of names they'll need," said Melynn Huntley, Potter County Elections Administrator.

The exact number depends on which seat they are planning to seek, but again, they must have filed a letter of intent with the county judge prior to tonight's 6 p.m. deadline.

There are of course many other seats up for grabs.

Locally, there are at least a dozen candidates seeking various judgeships in Potter and Randall County.

The primaries are will be held on March 6th.

If a runoff is necessary for any race, that will be held May 22nd.

Click here for the 2018 March primary election candidate filings by county.

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