By CLINT FOSTER
Palo Pinto County Democrats now have a contested race to vote on in their party’s March primary.
After initially withdrawing her name from consideration, Incumbent Democratic Party County Chair Ida Nickerson said she had a change of heart and decided to run again for her position against Theresa Crosier.
Although the filing deadline has passed, Nickerson told the Index that the state allows write-in candidates to register as late as 6 p.m. on Dec. 16. Having met this second deadline, Nickerson gives Palo Pinto County Democrats three candidates, including Raymond Procter who will run for Precinct 4 Commissioner, in the upcoming primary – an improvement from their zero in the previous election two years ago.
Nickerson declined to comment further on her candidacy at this time other than that she had a “change of heart” and was excited to run.
Her opponent, Crosier, said she wants to re-energize the local Democratic party and encourage more candidates to run, with the hope of soon painting Palo Pinto County blue, as it was for so many years.
A life-long, second-generation Democrat, Crosier said she is very committed to the party and party politics. A former precinct chair for the party, she said she has already been active in encouraging Democrats to run and played a key role in getting Procter on the ballot for Palo Pinto County Commissioners Court.
Crosier is a retired teacher and said she is a strong believer in all of the key issues on the Democratic platform. She said she was surprised to learn that Nickerson would run afterall, but said she did not want to comment further about the decision.
She merely affirmed her commitment to the party and strong stance toward its policies. She hopes to ignite a spark within the local Democratic party, and essentially bring Palo Pinto County back to the future.