Lamar County GOP voters meet candidates

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LAMAR COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) -- Texas State Representative Gary VanDeaver is running unopposed for re-election in November.

"Good luck to all the candidates, thank you and God bless," said VanDeaver.

He gave closing remarks at the republican county judge candidate forum.

"One's a CPA and an attorney, one's had a career in the Army. Both very patriotic, care for the best of this county, just different approaches," said Robert Black, President of the Association of Lamar County Republicans.

Brandon Bell and Ray Null are both vying for the republican ticket in the county judge race.

"We need a change in the county judge here," said Republican county judge candidate Ray Null.

"I want what is best for the county," said Republican county judge candidate Brandon Bell.

Republicans will choose between the two in the March 6 primary election.

"When they get up and speak and tell us about themselves and how they present themselves, it helps the voter a whole lot to find out who we really need to vote for," said Lamar County Republican Ernie Sparks.

The winner of that primary will face the incumbent judge Chuck Superville in November, but that's not the only position up for grabs.

"Tonight is an opportunity to inform the all voters of all the candidates that are running for office. We've got JP's, commissioners, the county judge," said Black.

Republican candidates for the two commissioner and five justice of the peace positions also got a chance to talk with voters.

"Discussing all their morals and values and what they have to offer as a candidate," said Sparks.

Though the event focused on the primary race, Republicans are keeping their eyes on the November prize.

"It's very important to get the right county judge on the Republican ticket, get him in there so we can get him to defeat the democratic opponent," said Black.

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