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Some Texas Republicans may well be looking over their shoulders after election upsets in Alabama, Virginia and other places where Republican candidates previously had little competition.

If the trend continues, a handful of Denton County races could turn to ultra marathons in 2018. Out of the gate, the races for Denton County commissioner Precinct 4, District 64 in the Texas House, and District 30 in the Texas Senate look tough and long. But there’s also plenty of time for more races to heat up 24 Democrats filed in 17 races.

The Democratic and Republican primary elections will be March 6 and the general election is Nov. 6.

County commissioner Precinct 4Republican Andy Eads will step aside after serving as a county commissioner for the communities on the west side of Denton County to run for county judge. He faces only a Democratic opponent.

But the bid to replace him on the Commissioners Court after he finishes his term in 2018 has become a scramble.

Brenda Latham, 48, a project manager who recently moved to Bartonville, announced her candidacy early on. A former member of the Lewisville school board, Latham soon drew an opponent from Itamar Gelbman, 35, a political firebrand who served one term on the Flower Mound Town Council.

At the last minute, two other candidates filed to run, both local Republican stalwarts. Jim Carter, 86, seeks to reclaim the seat he held from 1999 through 2006. Carter lost the Precinct 4 seat to Eads in a runoff in 2006. Dianne Edmondson,
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76, seeks her first government office after decades of service to the party, including serving as chairwoman of the Denton County Republican Party from 2002 to 2015.

Whoever of those four prevails in the primary election on March 6 must turn and face Democratic candidate Bryan C. Webb in November.

Webb, 60, has served on the Flower Mound Town Council since 2012.

Texas House District 64State Rep. Lynn Stucky, 59, is finishing his first two year term representing Denton and nearby cities in the Texas House. congressman who became an unofficial leader in the tea party movement. Yet Stucky faces an opponent positioning himself to the right in the Republican primary. Marine and part time pro wrestler, calls himself the true conservative for the Republican nomination. The winner heads to the November ballot.

Texas Senate District 30Outgoing state Rep. Pat Fallon moved his home from Frisco to Prosper to race longtime incumbent Sen. Craig Estes, R Wichita Falls, in the Republican primary. Like other primary challengers, Fallon’s early campaign messages volleyed from the right of Estes.

District 30 sprawls over a dozen North Texas counties, many of them reliably Republican, but also less populous than Denton and Collin counties.

But with the general election, two other candidate filings could shift the balance of that right leaning strategy. Earlier this month, Denton City Council member Keely Briggs announced she intends to run for the seat as an independent. On Monday, Bridgeport City Council member Kevin Lopez filed to run as a Democrat.

PEGGY HEINKEL WOLFE can be reached at 940 566 6881.

In The KnowThe Texas secretary of state listed the following candidates for the Democratic and Republican primaries in Denton County this week. The list has not yet been certified as complete nor are candidates listed in ballot order. (I) denotes incumbent.
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