Filing ended Monday evening for anyone wishing to campaign for the March 1, 2022 political primary elections and several races formed for offices in Rockwall County and across the region.
With the redrawn districts drafted earlier this year by the Texas Legislature still pending the results of a federal lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice, the current plan has Rockwall County remaining under House of Representatives District 4 and State Senate District 2, with the county shifting to Texas House of Representatives District 33.
As of Tuesday morning, the office of Texas Secretary of State John B. Scott was reporting Pat Fallon of Celina, the incumbent in House District 4, had filed for the GOP nomination and will face Dan Thomas, a news anchor with the KXII television station in Sherman. Iro Omere, a consultant from Plano, had filed for the Democratic Party nomination.
Bob Hall of Edgewood, the incumbent in State Senate District 2, is unopposed in seeking the nomination to the office in the Republican Primary, with Prince S. Giadolor of Rockwall the only candidate filing for the Democratic Party nomination.
The race for State House 33 drew contests from both GOP and Democratic Party candidates. The Republicans included Scott R. Lamarca of Wylie and Dennis London of Rockwall. Peter Haase, an engineer from Richardson and Graeson Lynskey, a student from Rockwall had filed for the Democratic Party nomination.
Some portions of Royse City will be impacted as under the current plan, Hunt County moved from U.S. House of Representatives District 4 to House District 3, along with most of Collin County.
Incumbent Van Taylor of Plano had filed for the GOP nomination for House District 3 and is facing Keith Self of McKinney, Suzanne Sharp of Allen and Jeremy D. Ivanokskis of Plano for the post.
On the Democratic Party side, Doc Shelby of Royse City is facing Sandeep Srivastava of Plano in seeking the nomination for the position.
Hunt County was shifted from State Senate District 2 to District 8, currently represented by Angela Paxton. Paxton, the wife of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, has filed for the GOP nomination in seeking reelection. Johnathan Cocks of Allen had filed for the Democratic Party nomination.
Hunt County remains under Texas House District 2 and the current incumbent Representative, Bryan Slaton of Royse City, has filed and is facing Clyde Bostick of Caddo Mills for the Republican nomination. No Democrats are in the running for the post.
But even after the filing period closes, there may still be changes which take place in terms of who may or may not be in running next March.
The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit Dec. 6 challenging the maps the state legislature approved in October, claiming they do not recognize the Latino population growth in the state and are in violation of the Voting Rights Act.