Reichardt not seeking re-election, sheriff has competitor

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The deadline to file for election in the March 3 primary elections ended on Monday and in Austin County one of the names not on the ballot is the big news.

Precinct 3 Commissioner Randy Reichardt did not file for re-election. At Monday’s meeting of commissioners court, he informed the press that he was not seeking re-election and that his foreman, Leroy Cerny, was running in his place. Reichardt has held the position for 12 years.

On the ballot, Sheriff Jack Brandes will have a competitor in the Republican Primary with Precinct 3 Constable Ronnie Griffin running against him. There are no other contested races in the Republican Primary.

The Democratic Party did not file any candidates with the Secretary of State’s office and repeated attempts to contact local party representatives have been unsuccessful. Party Chair Pat Burns has filed for re-election as the party chair, but it appears there are no other candidates in any of the local races.

At the state level, Rep. Ben Leman has filed for re-election to House District 13. He does not face a challenger in the Republican Primary and no Democrats filed for the Democratic Primary.

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul will not face a Republican challenger in the race for the 10th Congressional District seat. On the Democratic side, three people have filed for the primary election. The candidates include Pritesh Gandhi, a physician from Austin; Shannon Hutcheson, an attorney from Austin; and Mike Siegel, a civil rights attorney from Austin.

The Primary Elections will be held Tuesday, March 3. The last day to register to vote is Feb. 3. Early voting is Feb. 18-28.

The following is a list of Austin County candidates and the offices they are seeking:

Sheriff

Jack Brandes

Ronnie Griffin

Tax assessor/collector

Kim Rinn

County commissioner Precinct 1

Mark Lamp

County commissioner Precinct 3

Leroy Cerny

County commissioner Precinct 4

Chip Reed

Constable Precinct 1

Lance Johnson

Constable Precinct 2

Dave Schulz

Constable Precinct 3

No candidates filed

Constable Precinct 4

James Clark

Republican Party Chair

Charles “Chuck” Beers

Democratic Party Chair

Pat Burns

State House District 13

Ben Leman (R)

U.S. Representative District 10

Michael McCaul (R) (Incumbent)

Pritesh Gandhi (D)

Shannon Hutcheson (D)

Mike Siegel (D)

City elections

Sealy will be holding municipal elections on May 2, 2020. Up for election this year are the positions of Mayor and Place 1 Councilmember. Those seats are held by Janice Whitehead and Dee Anne Lerma respectively.

The first day to file an application for a place on the ballot is Wednesday, Jan. 15. The last day to file is Friday, Feb. 14. The last day to file as a write-in candidate is Tuesday, Feb. 18.

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