By Holley Nees - email
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The showdown has arrived. With a heated governor's race and a number of candidates vying for a shot at agriculture commissioner, primary election day is almost here.
In the governor's race, incumbent Rick Perry faces challenges from U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Debra Medina for the Republican nomination. The winner of that race will face the Democratic nomination, which is up for grabs between former Houston Mayor Bill White and hair-care magnate Farouk Shami.
Another contested primary race on the statewide level is in the agriculture commissioner race, as Kinky Friedman faces off against Hank Gilbert. The winner of that race will face Todd Staples in November.
For the Angelina County Precinct 4 Commissioner's Court seat, Bill Brown and Scott Cooper will face off in the Republican primary for the seat which will be vacated by Lynn George. Lenn Runnels, Delbert Jones, Grady Courtney and Rodney Lott will vie for the Democratic nomination.
Incumbent Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3 Morris Morehead will be challenged by Dan Townsend for the Democratic nomination in Angelina County.
Incumbent Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4 Claude Marshall will be challenged by Dwayne Havard for the Democratic nomination in Angelina County.
In Nacogdoches County, B.W. Stripling, Elton Milstead, Chris Borel, Harold E. Rapsilver and Dempsey Compton have filed to run for the Precinct 4 Commissioner's Court seat in the Republican primary. Dona Bass has filed to run against the incumbent Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, David Perkins.
The Precinct 2 County Commissioner, Reggie Cotton, will be challenged by Norman Henderson.