The March 4 Republican Primary — probable runoffs in several races notwithstanding — will determine the winners of November’s general election for all the Johnson County races, Johnson County Republican Party Chairman Pete Wrench predicted.
Which is about as sure a prediction as can be made given that no Democrats filed to compete locally. Crowley resident and Democratic candidate Greg Kauffman filed for the District 58 state representative seat and will face the victor of the four Republicans competing in the primary. That office, however, covers Johnson and Bosque counties.
“I had a plan to keep any Democrats from filing for the local races,” Wrench said. “There are three roads and one bridge leading to the [Johnson County Democratic Headquarters]. I called my good friend Gov. Chris Christie and got him to shut down those roads during the filing period.”
The Johnson County Republican Party Executive Committee in October tapped Wrench to fill the unexpired portion of former JCRP Chairman Henry Teich’s term after Teich stepped down to enter the state representative race.
Wrench now runs for election to his first full term and faces challenger Robin Wilson.
“Over the last three decades I have dedicated a significant portion of my life to the Republican Party and conservative political principles for zero compensation,” Wrench said. “I have good relationships with all local elected officials and many, many Republican Party officials, and I have very extensive experience in the election, political party and political convention processes.”
Wrench earned a degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin and continued on to earn a Master’s of Public Administration degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. He served as a Republican precinct chairman from 1992 to 2012, in addition to having worked as an election clerk and judge, poll watcher among other duties and volunteered for dozens of political campaigns through the years.