Tarrant County politicians haven’t let any grass grow under their feet.
Dozens of local candidates already have filed for spots on the 2016 ballot, setting up high profile, costly contested races for posts ranging from state representative to sheriff to party chair.
“The election season this year is highly charged,” said Allan Saxe, an associate political science professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. “There is no great advantage to filing early but just to ‘get it over with.’
“But (it also is) to show supporters and donors one is serious,” he said. “It is a good sign that so many are filing, though the incumbents likely are not thrilled.”
Filing began Nov. 14 and runs through Dec. 14.
Here’s a look at locals who filed through Nov. 20, according to officials with the local and state Republican and Democratic parties.
District 6: Republican — incumbent Joe Barton of Ennis
District 12: Democrat — Eric Mauck of Fort Worth
District 24: Republican — incumbent Kenny E. Marchant of Coppell
In the first week of filing, many Tarrant County incumbents have filed for re-election — and a number of challengers have as well.
District 25: Republican — incumbent Roger Williams of Austin
District 26: Republican — incumbent Michael C. Burgess of Lewisville
Senate District 12: Republican — incumbent Jane Nelson of Flower Mound
House District 91: Republican — incumbent Stephanie Klick of Fort Worth
House District 92: Republican — incumbent Jonathan Stickland of Bedford, challenger Scott Fisher of Bedford.
House District 93: Republican — incumbent Matt Krause
Already looming in 2016: high profile primary battles for Texas House seats and Tarrant County Sheriff.
House District 94: Republican — incumbent Tony Tinderholt of Arlington; Andrew Piel of Arlington.
House District 95: Democrat — incumbent Nicole Collier of Fort Worth
House District 96: Republican — incumbent Bill Zedler of Arlington; Democrat — challenger Sandra Lee of Kennedale
House District 97: Republican — incumbent Craig Goldman of Fort Worth
House District 98: Republican — incumbent Giovanni Capriglione of Southlake
House District 99: Republican — incumbent Charlie Geren of Fort Worth; Bo French of Fort Worth
House District 101: Democrat — incumbent Chris Turner of Grand Prairie
Tarrant County Tax Assessor-Collector: Republican — incumbent Ron Wright
Tarrant County Sheriff: Republican — incumbent Dee Anderson, Bill Waybourn
Tarrant County Commissioner Precinct 1: Democrat — incumbent Roy Charles Brooks.
Tarrant County Commissioner Precinct 3: Republican — Gary Fickes
Supreme Court Place 3: Republican — incumbent Debra Lehrmann, Michael Massengale
Second Court of Appeals, Place 4: Republican — incumbent Bonnie Sudderth
17th District Court: Republican — incumbent Melody Wilkinson
48th District Court: Republican — incumbent David Evans
67th District Court: Republican — incumbent Don Cosby
96th District Court: Republican — incumbent R.H. Wallace Jr.
153rd District Court: Republican — incumbent Susan McCoy
348th District Court: Republican — Lisa Lumley
352nd District Court: Republican — incumbent Mark Pittman
360th Family District Court: Republican — incumbent Mike Sinha
Tarrant County constable: Democrat — Precinct 5, Richard Alfaro; Precinct 8, incumbent Michael R. Campbell; Republican — Precinct 1, incumbent Dale Clark; Precinct 2, incumbent David Woodruff; Precinct 3, incumbent Darrell Huffman; Precinct 4, Michael Hardy, Joe D. “Jody” Johnson, Johnnie Duane Sparks; Precinct 6, incumbent Jon Siegel
Party chair: Republican — Tim O’Hare of Southlake, David Wylie of Arlington