An updated list of candidates who have been certified to run for local offices in the March 2020 primary has been released.

  • Incumbent Chris Paddie and challenger Mark Williams are running for State Representative District 9 in the Republican primary.
  • Incumbent Bryan Hughes is running for State Senate District 1 in the Republican primary, while challenger Audrey Spanko is running for that position in the Democrat primary. Neither have drawn a challenger, so they will face off in the November general election.
  • Incumbent Leann Rafferty is running for 123rd District Judge in the Republican primary. No one else filed to run.
  • Incumbent Kevin Lake is running for Panola County Sheriff in the Republican primary. No one else filed to run.
  • Incumbent Bryan Murff is running for Panola County Constable for Precincts 1 and 4 in the Republican primary. No one else filed to run.
  • Newly-appointed Constable Charlie Blue is running for that same Panola County Constable for Precincts 2 and 3 seat in the Republican primary. No one else filed to run.
  • William Alexander is running for Panola County Commissioner Precinct 1 in the Republican primary. No one else filed to run.
  • Incumbent Craig Lawless is running for Panola County Commissioner for Precinct 3 in the Republican primary. No one else filed to run.
  • Incumbent Holly Gibbs is running for Panola County Tax Assessor/Collector in the Republican primary. No one else filed to run.
  • Incumbent Nicole Tarpley and challenger Linda Lawless are running for Panola County Republican Party Chairman.
  • Incumbent John Foster is running for Panola County Democrat Party Chairman. No one else filed to run.

Candidate Events

The Panola County Republican Party will be hosting “Coffee with the Candidates” on Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Master’s Blend, 1128 W. Panola St. in Carthage.

The event is a meet and greet for the public to meet candidates in the 2020 Republican party.

The Master’s Blend will donate 10 percent of the proceeds to the Republican Party.

There will also be a Republican Primary debate hosted by the Panola County Republican Party.

The debate will take place Feb. 15 at Still Waters Cowboy Church, 1699 Texas 315 in Carthage.