CHEROKEE COUNTY – Approximately half-way through a one-month filing period ending Dec. 9, more than a dozen area residents have filed for candidacy in a March 2, 2020, primary as they seek elected offices in Cherokee County.

The most highly contested race at this point appears to be that for Cherokee County Sheriff, which has attracted four candidates – all Republicans – thus far: Brent Dickson, Roy Cavazoz Jr., Johnathan Rhodes and Eric Long.

Another race – that for county Tax Assessor-Collector – has drawn Republican candidates Blaine Verhelle, Dana Nolley Chancey and Shonda McCutcheon Potter.

Other filings include those for:

• District Judge, 2nd Judicial District Court, Cherokee County – Chris Day, Republican incumbent

• Cherokee County District Attorney – Elmer Beckworth, Republican incumbent

• Cherokee County Attorney – Dana Young, Republican incumbent

• Pct. 1 County Commissioner – Republican incumbent Kelly Traylor, Republican candidate David Jones

• Pct. 3 County Commissioner – Patrick Reagan, Republican incumbent

• Pct. 1 Constable – Lynn Kelley, Republican incumbent

• Pct. 2 Constable – Republican incumbent Jack L. White, Democratic candidate Mark Green

• Pct. 3 Constable – Eddie Lee, Republican incumbent

• Pct. 4 Constable – Jamie Beene, Republican incumbent

All candidates interested in running for the March primary must file with their party chairman by a 6 p.m. deadline on Dec. 9, according to the Texas Secretary of State website.

For information about the Cherokee County Democratic Party and contact information for the county and precinct chairs, visit

Additional information maybe found about the county Democratic party club on Facebook, at “Cherokee County Texas Democrats (Club).”

County Republican party Chairman John Earle may be reached at or visit the Facebook page “Cherokee County Republican Party – Texas” to learn more. Or, visit

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