Candidates running for party primaries are set after the deadline to file for a place on March ballots passed Monday.

Races that include local candidates include, U.S. House of Representatives District 1, Texas House of Representatives District 5, District 6 and District 7, Sheriff, County Commissioners Precinct 1 and Precinct 3, Tax Assessor/Collector, 7th District Judge, 114th District Judge and Constable Precincts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Several of the races did not draw a Democratic challenger, which means the winner of the Republican Primary would take the position unless a third-party or write-in candidate enters the race.

The two biggest races shaping up are the races for Texas Senate District 1 and Smith County Sheriff.

Four Republican candidates have filed to replace state Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, who announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election in District 1. Candidates include two state representatives, including Rep. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, and Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, and political newcomers James K. "Red" Brown of Tyler and Mike Lee of Queen City.

Political analysts are predicting a runoff in the four-man race for the top legislative spot in East Texas. The freshman would replace Eltife, who had more than a decade in the Texas Senate representing the 16-county district.

The race for sheriff features a rematch of the 2012 Republican Primary runoff between incumbent Larry Smith and challenger Chris Green.

Smith, 59, is a former Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent with 38 years law enforcement experience.

Green, 54, is a 20-year retired Texas Parks and Wildlife law enforcement officer.

The winner of the GOP nomination would face Democrat Gary Pinkerton, a 28-year-member of the Sheriff's Department during J.B. Smith's tenure, is running for sheriff as well. Pinkerton started as a jailer and rose through the ranks to chief deputy, third in command, in 2005. He oversaw the day-to-day operations of the county's jail system for 16 years.

The primaries are March 1.

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CANDIDATES FILED IN PRIMARY

U.S. House of Representatives

Anthony Culler -- R

Louie Gohmert (I) – R

Simon Winston – R

Shirley J. McKellar – D

 

Texas Senate District 1

James K. "Red" Brown – R

Bryan Hughes – R

Mike Lee – R

David Simpson – R

 

Texas House of Representatives District 5

Randy Davis – R

Philip Hays – R

Cole Hefner – R

Jay Misenheimer – R

 

Texas House of Representatives District 6

Matt Schaefer (I) – R

 

Smith County Sheriff

Chris Green – R

Larry Smith (I) – R

Gary Pinkerton – D

 

County Commissioner Precinct 1

Jeff Warr (I) – R

 

County Commissioner Precinct 3

Bill Bala – R

Terry Phillips (I) – R

Ronnie Pilcher – R

 

7th Judicial District Judge

Kerry Russell (I) – R

 

114th Judicial District Judge

Christi Kennedy (I) – R

 

Tax Assessor/Collector

Gary Barber (I) – R

 

Constable Precinct 1 

Henry Jackson (I) – D 

 

Constable Precinct 2

Andy Dunklin (I) – R

Jason Newport – R

 

Constable Precinct 3

Jim Blackmon – R

 

Constable Precinct 4

Charles Garrett – R

Josh Joplin – R

John G. Smith (I) – R

Tim Thompson – R

Larry D. Reddic – D

 

Constable Precinct 5

Jeff McClenny – R

Jeffrey Chad McElyea – R

 

 

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