Primary Elections for Conroe | Montgomery

Conroe | Montgomery

Conroe | Montgomery


Presidential candidates 

Statewide candidates

  • Railroad commissioner: Lance N. Christian, Wayne Christian, Gary Gates, John Greytok, Ron Hale, Doug Jeffrey, Weston Martinez

  • Justice, Supreme Court, Place 3: Debra Lehrmann (Incumbent), Michael Massengale

  • Justice, Supreme Court, Place 5: Paul Green (Incumbent), Rick Green

  • Justice, Supreme Court, Place 9: Eve Guzman (Incumbent), Joe Pool

  • Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2: Mary Lou Keel, Chris Oldner, Ray Wheless

  • Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 5: Sid Harle, Steve Smith, Scott Walker, Brent Webster

  • Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 6: Richard Davis, Michael E. Keasler (Incumbent)

County & District Candidates

  • U.S. representative, District 8: Kevin Brady*, Andre Dean, Craig McMichael, Steve Toth (Q&A)

  • District judge, 410th Judicial District: Kristin Bays, Chuck Meyer, Jennifer James Robin

  • District judge, 435th Judicial District: Thomas (Tom) Brewer III, Patty Maginnis, Mike Seiler**

  • District judge, 9th Judicial District: Eric Yollick, Kate Shipman Bihm, Phil Grant

  • County attorney: Gary F. Beauchamp, J D Lambright*

  • Sheriff: Rand Henderson, Jim Napolitano (Q&A)

  • Constable, Precinct 1: Billy Ballard, Philip Cash, Rusty Fincher, Ike Fluellen, Kim Franklin, Sam Laird

  • Constable, Precinct 2: Billy Beavers, James E. “Jimmy” Cox, Gene DeForest*

  • Constable, Precinct 5: Brian Clack, Logan D. Gatewood, David Hill*

  • State Board of Education, District 8: Barbara Cargill*

  • State Senator, District 4: Brandon Creighton*

  • State representative, District 15: Mark Keough*

  • State representative, District 16: Will Metcalf*

  • State representative, District 3: Cecil Bell*

  • Justice, 9th Court of Appeals District, Place 2: Charles A. Kreger*

  • District judge, 418th Judicial District: Tracy A. Gilbert*

  • District attorney, ninth Judicial District: Brett Ligon*

  • Tax assessor-collector: Tammy J. McRae*

  • County commissioner, Precinct 1: Mike Meador

The candidates listed in this guide will be on the 2016 primary election ballot in the communities defined by Community Impact Newspaper’s Conroe | Montgomery coverage area. All races including uncontested races are listed. Official campaign websites could not be found for certain presidential candidates.


Presidential candidates

Statewide candidates

  • Railroad commissioner: Lon Burnam, Cody Garrett, Grady Yarbrough

  • Justice, Supreme Court, Place 3: Mike Westergren

  • Justice, Supreme Court, Place 5: Dori Contreras Garza

  • Justice, Supreme Court, Place 9: Savannah Robinson

  • Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2: Lawrence “Larry” Meyers (Incumbent)

  • Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 5: Betsy Johnson

  • Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 6: Robert E. Burns

County & district candidates

  • Constable, Precinct 1: T. Mack


Q. What is the primary election?

A. In Texas both the Democratic and Republican parties hold a primary election to determine which candidate should represent each party in the general election. Both parties use the primary election results to determine how many delegates to assign to each of their respective party’s presidential candidates. The delegates then vote at conventions to decide their party’s nomination. There are 155 Republican delegates and 252 Democratic delegates at stake.

Q. Can I vote in both the Republican and Democratic primaries in the same year?

A. No. In Texas, voters can participate in the primary election by voting Democrat or Republican, but not both.

Q. Will I vote at the same polling location for the March primary and the November election?

A. Not necessarily. The number of voters is typically lower for the primary election, so the elections office may consolidate precincts to fewer polling locations.

Q. Who is eligible for a mail-in ballot?

A. You may request a ballot by mail if you will be out of the county on election day and during early voting, if you are sick or disabled, if you are age 65 or older on election day, or if you are incarcerated.

Q. Can I vote for Libertarian or third-party candidates in the primary election?

A. No, the Republican and Democratic parties are the only ones who hold primary elections. Other parties select their candidates through other processes.

Q. What is the role of a county’s political party chair? 

A. Political party chairs at the county level are responsible for much of the groundwork each election season. They assist with primary elections, organize voter drive campaigns, work with party candidates and recruit volunteers and precinct chairs.


U.S. House of Representatives
Texas’ 36 representatives in the U.S. House serve two-year terms with no term limits.

Texas Senate
The Texas Senate is made up of 31 single-member districts. Senators serve four-year terms with no term limits.

Texas House
The Texas House is made up of 150 members representing districts of approximately 179,700 people each, according to 2014 census data. Representatives serve two-year terms with no term limits.

Railroad commissioner
Three commissioners are each elected to six-year terms. Despite its name, the commission no longer oversees railroads. The commission sets policies and regulations for the exploration and production of oil and natural gas and manages gas utilities.

Supreme Court of Texas
Nine justices, including a chief justice, are each elected to six-year terms. The Supreme Court of Texas is the highest court for civil litigation statewide.

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Nine justices, including a presiding judge, are each elected to six-year terms. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals hears cases appealed from trial courts and cases that are punishable by the death penalty. The court also has the authority to grant habeas corpus to defendants found guilty of felony crimes.

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