A candidate forum, hosted by the Johnson County Republican Women, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Cleburne Conference Center, 1501 W. Henderson St.

The event is free and light refreshments will be served.

JCRW President Tiffany Strother encourages all to attend to hear from the candidates in person.

“An educated voter is an informed voter,” Strother said.

The event begins with a 6:30 p.m. meet and greet followed by the forum at 7 p.m. Participating candidates will be grouped according to the office they are seeking. They will be limited to timed responses to specific issues presented by the moderators.

Participating in the forum will be candidates in opposed races within the county. 

Opposed county races include:

• The 18th District Court seat. District Judge Sydney Hewlett seeks election — Gov. Abbott appointed Hewlett to the bench last March to serve the unexpired term of District Judge John Neill after Abbott appointed Neill to the Tenth Court of Appeals in Waco. Hewlett is challenged by Johnson County Assistant District Attorney Brent Huffman.

• Precinct 3 commissioners race. Commissioner Jerry Stringer decided not to seek re-election. Republican contenders Roxanne Ancy and Mike White have filed to compete for the seat.

• Precinct 3 county constable: Constable Mike White chose not to seek re-election to instead compete for the Precinct 3 commissioners race. Republican candidates Robert Herod and Steve Williams have filed for the seat.

• Precinct 4 county constable: Constable Tim Kinman seeks re-election and is challenged by opponent Troy Fuller.

Attending the forum, Strother said, is an excellent way to meet and get to know the candidates before early voting in the March 3 Republican Primary begins.

“It’s very important given the fact that no Democrats entered these local races so they will therefore be decided in the March primary, not the general election in November,” Strother said.

Early voting for the March 3 primary runs from Feb. 18-28. 

Strother stressed the JCRW does not endorse candidates in contested races. The candidate forum functions solely to provide candidate information to voters. 

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