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District clerk retiring; county judge, commissioners face challengers
All but one office holder in La Salle County government have filed bids for re-election in the March primaries for the Democrat and Republican parties, according to elections officials this week.
The deadline for candidates to file for places on the ballot passed Monday, December 13, and county chairpersons for both parties submitted names of those who have been vetted for eligibility to the newly formed La Salle County Elections Office in the days that followed.
Winners of the respective primary elections in March will go on to the general election in November alongside those who prevail in regional, state and federal primaries. Winners of the general election for the government offices will take office on January 1, 2023.
In La Salle County, incumbent County Judge Joel Rodriguez Jr. is being challenged on the Democratic Party ticket in his bid for a new term by Leodoro Martinez III, the son of a former county judge.
County & District Clerk Margarita “Margie” Esqueda is the only local office holder to announce retirement. Three candidates have filed for her seat on the Democratic Party ticket.
Sonia Maldonado, Minerva Rios, and Arturo V. Carbajal are the candidates for the office of county and district clerk after Esqueda leaves on Dec. 31, 2022.
County Treasurer Maria M. Perez is seeking a second term in office and is being challenged for the position by Sayna Rodriguez.
At the county commissioners’ bench, two incumbents have put their names in the ring for new four-year terms.
In Place 2, Comm. Joaquin “Jack” E. Alba is being challenged by Eleazar Garcia, Ricardo Garza, and Sonny Lynn Aldaco.
In Place 4, Comm. Raul Ayala is being challenged by Genaro Garza and Landon K. McCelvey.
All four of La Salle County’s justices of the peace have filed for re-election in the 2022 primaries, two of them with no challengers for their offices.
In Place 1, JP Roxanna Rodriguez is being challenged in her bid for a second term in office by Marsha Martinez. In Place 3, JP George Trigo is being challenged by Ernesto “Neto” Ramirez, Raul Gonzalez Jr., and Ricardo “Ricky” R. Garcia. Place 2 JP Frank Weikel of Encinal and Place 4 JP Janie Megliorino of Fowlerton go into the primaries unopposed and stand to be re-elected in November. Megliorino is La Salle County’s sole incumbent on the Republican Party ticket.
In regional elections, 81st Judicial District Attorney Audrey Louis faces no opposition in her bid on the Republican Party ticket to a second four-year term in office.