Shortly before 5PM today, Judge Sterling Lacy formally announced his candidacy to be re-elected as Bowie County Judge, this time running as an independent.
Lacy announced on December 3 of last year that he would not be seeking re-election. “My decision not to run was based on personal and family issues,” Lacy said. Lacy’s son, Tim, passed away on September 11 after a two-year battle with cancer. However, the number of people that contacted him, urging him to stay in office, made him reconsider. He filed a declaration of intent to run as an independent just 10 minutes before the deadline on December 9. “I took a chance that by the time the primary was finished the family issues would be resolved,” he said. “I decided to keep the door open.”
In order to run for office as an independent, Texas law requires a series of steps:
- Candidates must file a “Declaration of Intent to Run as an Independent Candidate” with the appropriate office – the county judge for county and precinct offices, or with the Secretary of State for state and district offices.
- After the primary election, the candidate must collect at least 500 signatures from registered voters who (1) support the candidate’s application for a place on the general election ballot, and (2) have not participated in the general primary election.
- The candidate must file the application and the petition with the appropriate office by 5PM, June 26 2014.
I asked if he would have run against Jeff Akin, had Akin won the primary race against Carlow. Akin announced his candidacy for County Judge on the same day Lacy announced he would not run. “That’s a hypothetical,” Lacy replied. “What’s definite is that we cannot go back to the borrowing practices that have cost our county so dearly.”
Lacy also said that he wants to continue to improve the way the county handles guardianship cases. “We have made good progress with our procedures in probate and mental health cases. I want to continue the progress with guardianships.”
Lacy said that a lot of people feel that the Republican Party no longer represents them. “This will be an interesting campaign in a lot of ways. We’ll find out if an independent can be a viable candidate in Bowie County.”