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Primary filing moving slow

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With less than a week left for the March 5, 2024 party primaries there are virtually no contested county races with the state garnering the most candidates.
Filing for the Republican and Democratic Party primaries ends on Dec. 11. Candidate prospects can file with the county party chairman for the local races and with the state party for the national and state races.
Montague County Republican Party Chairman Mark Neese said as of Monday he has received no new candidates since the Nov. 16 sign-up night. There is no county Democratic Party chairperson and those who wish to run on that ticket may file with the state party.

The District 30 State Senate seat is garnering a lot of attention after Drew Springer, R-Muenster, announced he would retire to return to private business taking over his father’s financial management firm in Muenster. District 4 Congressman Pat Fallon, R-Sherman, has said he plans to run for the District 30 seat, but he is not yet listed on the Republican Party filing list or the Secretary of State’s site. Fallon served in the seat for two years before Springer leaving the office to run for Congress.
Other candidates for the senate seat that includes Montague County are Brent Hagenbuch, Denton County Republican Party chair, Dr. Carrie deMoor, a Frisco physician and Cody Clark, Krugerville, a former police officer and business owner.

Trish Coleman Byers, 97th district judge, has filed for her first full term as judge after being appointed mid-summer after the retirement of Judge Jack McGaughey.
Casey Hall, 97th district attorney, said she plans to run and has submitted her paperwork to the state party, but it has not appeared on the party or SOS website filing page as of Monday.
Other county races open in the 2024 primaries are county attorney, sheriff, precincts one and three commissioners, two constables and county tax assessor. All the incumbents have filed.
Precinct One Commissioner Roy Darden has filedand is facing a challenge from Charles King, which is the only contested race so far in the county.
The Archer County race for county attorney has reportedly gained a local connection. Leslie Hash, chairman of the Archer County Republican Party, confirmed Tuesday Assistant District Attorney Judy Price Hamilton Rosenberger filed as a Republican candidate for Archer County attorney.
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Judges named to preside over DA Hall cases

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By BARBARA GREEN
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Judges have been named for the two cases involving 97th District Attorney Casey Hall, including the indictment for theft and a petition for removal as DA.
On July 11, Judge David L. Evans, presiding judge for the Eighth Administration Region of Texas, assigned E. Lee Gabriel to handle the indictment case against Hall. The judge then named Bruce McFarling for the removal petition case.
The two-term DA Hall was indicted by the Montague County Grand Jury July 15 on a charge of theft of property $2,500 to $30,000, a state jail felony. The allegations stem from reported misappropriation of state grant funds.

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Safe room rebate available

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The City of Bowie has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to fund a Residential Safe Room Rebate Program.
This program will provide a 50% rebate of the cost of a residential storm shelter, up to a maximum of $3,000. The city’s grant is sufficient to provide rebates for about 20 residential storm shelters.
The Bowie Office of Emergency Management will be hosting an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. on July 30 at city hall, 307 N. Mason Street, to explain the program’s requirements, answer questions, and distribute applications.
If you are a homeowner who lives within the city limits of Bowie, and are interested in this program, please plan on attending. For more information, email city emergency management coordinator at [email protected].

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Court approves election judges, bridge agreements

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By BARBARA GREEN
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Montague County Commissioners Monday approved four bridge replacement agreements and finalized the list of election judges and clerks as the Nov. 5 general election was called.
The court made quick work of its relatively brief agenda of business in less than 30 minutes.
County Elections Administrator Ginger Wall presented the order calling for the election on Nov. 5, along with the slate of election judges, alternate judges and clerks for the 2024-2025 elections.

Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.

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