The deadline for Candidates to file for a place on the 2018 Primary Election ballot was this past Monday, December 11th. According to the Texas Secretary of State’s official website there is only one new candidate filing for the 2018 Primary Election. It’s David Mathis, listed as a Democrat, running for County Commissioner of Precinct 4, against incumbent and Republican John Cline.
Mathis is currently a student at Howard College pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Science and he’s also employed at a local credit union. Before moving to Big Spring from Dallas , he served as a representative and treasurer for the non-profit organization Caven Employees Benevolence Association, which is a 501C-3. He is also an active member of the Parent Action Committee at Washington Elementary, where they are trying to get volunteers together for the Parent Teacher Organization.
When asked what lead him to run for Commissioner of Precinct 4, Mathis stated, “When I saw the success with which President Donald J. Trump moved from the private sector to the highest government post in the country, I became emboldened to begin my own political career. It gave me hope in that you do not have to be a career politician to understand the will of the people and can do things to help people and affect change.”
If elected, he will be attending courses pertaining to the job duties as commissioner with yearly continuing education to ensure that he is up to date on administrative policies set by the State, training that is required of all County Commissioners in Texas.
The Primary Election will be on March 6th. One of the things that voters should be aware of is that the Primary Election is held by the parties, and according to Duck, this is more of a nomination process of who will be on the election ballot in November. She advised that when you vote in the primary, you have to choose what ballot you want to vote on and if there is a run-off, the voter will have to choose the same ballot to pick someone in May.
Even though all local parties will end up on the ballot because it’s only incumbents and Mathis running, Reina Cisneros, Howard County Democratic Party Chair, says that people are still encouraged to vote because there are still contested races for state offices, such as Governor and Comptroller of Public Accounts.