The primary elections are just around the corner and the field of candidates for the Republican nomination for Texas Congressional District 11 are numerous. Recently most of the Republican candidates for local and national office attended an event at Sylvia’s restaurant in Ballinger. Not only were the candidates there, but it was also attended by local politicians such as Ballinger mayor Dawni Seymore, Ballinger city councilman Rick Morrish, Ballinger city councilwoman Kristi Goetz, Runnels County Precinct 4 Commissioner Juan Ornelas and Runnels County Precinct 3 commissioner Roy Mints, among others.

The candidates were limited to 5 minutes or so to give their spiel on the topics that they consider important. Runnels County Sheriff Carl Squyres spoke about his time in law enforcement and his record as sheriff, bringing new technology to the department and his relationship with the citizens of Runnels County. Squyres is challenged by former police officer Willie Covington. Runnels County Precinct 1 has Carl King as the only Republican. Runnels County Precinct 3 has incumbent Roy Mints facing off against Cody Hord and Brandon K. Poehls. For county attorney, Ben Clayton is running unopposed for the Republican nomination. Wayne Poehls is running unopposed in the Runnels County Constable Precinct 1 Republican primary, while Archie Jobe is running unopposed in the race for constable of precinct 3.

The race for the Republican nomination for Texas Congressional District 11 has 10 candidates, while the race for the Democratic nomination has only San Angelo attorney Jon Mark Hogg running unopposed. There are 2 Libertarian Convention candidates, Wacey Cody and Brian Holk.

The Republican congressional candidates are; Gene Barber; Brandon Batch; Jamie Berryhill; J.D. Faircloth; Casey Gray; J. Ross Lacy; Ned Luscombe; August Pfluger; Robert Tucker; Wesley Virdell.

The Republican candidates that showed gave speeches at Sylvia’s restaurant included Pfluger, Gray, Luscombe and Lacy and Virdell. The speeches of each candidate included supporting 2nd Amendment Rights, securing our southern border, agriculture and supporting prolife.

The candidates will make a few more stops before the March 3rd primaries.