Christopher Maher, Jim Wells County Correspondent

With two full months to go before candidates can file to have their names placed on the ballot for next year's election, candidate announcements are already pouring in.

Jim Wells County Democratic Chair Guadalupe "Lupe" Martinez filed a letter of resignation, effective immediately, with the party last Wednesday and announced his intent to run for the office of Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace.

Jim Wells County Democratic Party Secretary Yolanda Monsevais said Thursday the party's precinct chairs have scheduled a meeting for Oct. 10 to appoint an interim-chair, and that an election for the office will be held next year.

On Friday, current Mayor Pro-Tem for the City of Alice Juan Rodriguez Jr. also appointed a campaign treasurer and announced his candidacy for the office of Justice of the Peace, Precinct One.

Also at the county level, Jim Wells County Sheriff Oscar Lopez is seeking his seventh term in office, and currently faces two opponents.

Narciso Gonzalez filed paperwork with the Jim Wells County Clerk on Sept. 17 announcing his intent to run for the office; as has Enrique Saenz, a former investigator with the sheriff's department and a current Alice Police Officer.

In the Pct. 3 County Commissioner race, incumbent commissioner Oswald "Wally" Alanis filed paperwork announcing his intention to run for re-election on Aug. 24.

Alanis' only challenger as of this week is Juvencio "J.C." Perez, of Alice. Perez filed paperwork with the county clerk appointing a campaign treasurer on June 13.

The Jim Wells County Tax Assessor-Collector seat will be open this election, after incumbent Lucila Reynolds announced she will not seek re-election.

Alice Mayor Grace Saenz-Lopez announced her intention to run for the position on July 30, and Mary Lozano appointed a campaign treasurer in her bid for the seat on Aug. 3.

Karin Knolle, who currently holds the office of Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace, filed forms announcing her intention to run for re-election on Sept. 28, and she is currently unopposed.

Precinct 3 Constable Harold "Sonny" Crisp also filed for re-election that day and does not currently have an opponent.

The only other county race that currently has a candidate is for Jim Wells County Pct. 6 Constable. On Sept. 11, Bartolo Guajardo Jr. filed for the office left vacant after the death of incumbent constable Alonzo Lozano earlier this year.

At the district level, District Attorney Joe Frank Garza announced recently that he is seeking re-election to his office. Local attorney Armando Barrera has announced that he intends to challenge Garza for the position. Also at the district level, District Judge Richard Terrell has announced his candidacy for re-election. He is currently unopposed for that office.