The winter storm looming over North Texas Thursday prompted a number of local candidates to speed up their plans and go ahead and file for spots on the March ballot.
Worried about icy roads that could last until Monday, leaders of the local Republican and Democratic parties encouraged potential candidates not to wait until the last minute to file.
“People have been calling and asking what they do if the weather is bad on Monday,” Tarrant County Republican Party Chair Jen Hall said Thursday. “We are telling them if they can get in [Thursday], get in.
“We want to make sure everyone can file.”
The case was the same at the local Democratic Party headquarters.
“We are urging people not to wait,” Tarrant County Democratic Party Chair Deborah Peoples said. “Clearly our plan is to try to open. But the weather — that’s an act of God. I would hate for a candidate to miss the filing deadline because of the weather.”
Come sleet, snow or icy roads, the deadline for candidates to file to appear on the March ballot is 6 p.m. Monday.
Workers at both local party headquarters say they will do their best to make it to their offices to accept filings from candidates today and Monday.
Candidates running in districts entirely in Tarrant County file at party headquarters in Fort Worth. Candidates in districts that cover more than one county must file with state party headquarters in Austin. They formally register by paying a filing fee or turning in a petition of people who support their bid.
Here’s a look at the candidates who filed for office by late Thursday, according to lists posted on the websites of the Texas secretary of state and local and state Republican and Democratic parties.
Former Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Tom Pauken, a Republican, announced Thursday that he was withdrawing from the governor’s race. “I can no longer in good conscience ask friends and fellow conservatives to continue to help me when there appears to be no realistic path to victory,” he said.