2018 Lake Conroe area primary election candidates

The candidates listed in this guide will be on the 2018 primary election ballot in the communities defined by Community Impact Newspaper’s Conroe/Montgomery coverage area. Only contested races are listed.

Statewide candidates

Democratic Party

U.S. senator

  • Sema Hernandez

  • Edward Kimbrough

  • Beto O’Rourke


  • James Jolly Clark

  • Cedric Davis Sr.

  • Joe Mumbach

  • Adrian Ocegueda

  • Jeffrey Payne

  • Lupe Valdez

  • Tom Wakely

  • Andrew White

  • Grady Yarbrough

Lieutenant governor

  • Mike Collier

  • Michael Cooper

Comptroller of public accounts

  • Joi Chevalier

  • Tim Mahoney

Commissioner of the General Land Office

  • Tex Morgan

  • Miguel Suazo

Railroad commissioner

  • Roman McAllen

  • Chris Spellmon

Republican Party

U.S. senator

  • Ted Cruz*

  • Bruce Jacobson Jr.

  • Mary Miller

  • Geraldine Sam

  • Stefano de Stefano


  • Greg Abbott*

  • SECEDE Kilgore**

  • Barbara Krueger

Lieutenant governor

  • Scott Milder

  • Dan Patrick*

Commissioner of the General Land Office

  • George P. Bush*

  • Davey Edwards

  • Jerry Patterson

  • Rick Range

Commissioner of agriculture

  • Trey Blocker

  • Jim Hogan

  • Sid Miller*Railroad commissioner

  • Christi Craddick*

  • Weston Martinez

Presiding judge, Court of Criminal Appeals

  • David Bridges

  • Sharon Keller*

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8

  • Jay Brandon

  • Michelle Slaughter

  • Dib Waldrip

County and district candidates

Democratic Party

State senator, District 3

  • Shirley Layton

State representative, District 3

  • Lisa Seger

State representative, District 15

  • Lorena Perez McGill

State representative, District 16

  • Mike Midler

County judge

  • Jay Stittleburg

District clerk

  • John-Brandon Pierre

County treasurer

  • Mandy Sunderland

County commissioner, Precinct 2

  • Ron Keichline

County chairman

  • Marc M. Meyer

Republican Party

State senator, District 3

  • Robert Nichols*

State representative, District 3

  • Cecil Bell Jr.*

State representative, District 15

  • Steve Toth

  • Jackie Waters

State representative, District 16

  • Will Metcalf*

Justice, 9th Court of Appeals District Place 3

  • Leanne Johnson*

Justice, 9th Court of Appeals District, Place 4

  • Hollis Horton*

District Judge, 221st Judicial District

  • Lisa Michalk*

District Judge, 284th Judicial District

  • Kristin Bays*

  • Jo Ann “Jo” Linzer

District Judge, 359th Judicial District

  • Kathleen A. Hamilton*

County Judge

  • Craig Doyal*

  • Mark Keough

Judge, County Court at Law 1

  • Dennis Watson*

Judge, County Court at Law 2

  • Claudia Laird*

Judge, County Court at Law 3

  • Patrice McDonald*

Judge, County Court at Law 4

  • Mary Ann Turner

District clerk

  • Cynthia Jamieson

  • Melisa Miller

County clerk

  • Jeanie Stewart

  • Mark Turnbull*

County treasurer

  • Melanie Bush

  • Stephanne Davenport*

County commissioner, Precinct 2

  • Brian Dawson

  • Greg Parker

  • Charlie Riley*

County commissioner, Precinct 4

  • Bob Bagley

  • Jim Clark*

  • James Metts

Justice of the peace, Precinct 1

  • Wayne L. Mack*

Justice of the peace, Precinct 2

  • Grady Trey Spikes*

Justice of the peace, Precinct No. 5

  • Matt Masden

County Chairman

  • Terrence Boggs

  • Walter D. (Wally) Wilkerson, Jr.*


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Residents voiced concerned about the proposed Colliers Pointe development at Conroe's City Council workshop July 21. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
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Residents raised concerns about safety, flooding and access roads to the community.

A COVID-19 vaccine dose is administered to a person's arm
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The mural will be placed in Heritage Place Park. (Courtesy Conroe Art League)
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Memorial Hermann has locations throughout the Greater Houston area, including Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center. (Courtesy Memorial Hermann)
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Houston unemployment is above state and national levels, while home sales in the region continue to be strong, according to a July 21 economic update from the Greater Houston Partnership. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Conroe ISD provided recommendations for a safer return for the 2021-22 school year. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Conroe ISD sets COVID-19 policies for 2021-22 school year

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Home prices continue to increase, according to local real estate data. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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