On the Republican side, Upham said they did not run into any issues with filing because of the winter storm. She said only one candidate – Jessica Wright who is running for County Clerk – filed on Monday.
When asked if she wished there could have been more Democrats to file for office, Nickerson said the candidate’s parties are less important than ensuring the county is under good leadership.
“We have some bigger things to be concerned about [than candidates],” she said. “I think the people in the positions are doing fine. I’m not looking at it from a party perspective... I think that when you put [a label] on it, that’s just something for people to fight about.
“If you truly believe in democracy, then you’re concerned about the best candidate winning and who’s most qualified, not just because they’re a Democrat or a Republican. I want everybody to work together and I’m concerned about what happens in this county [instead of national politics].”
Nickerson, unlike Upham, has decided not to run again for her party’s Chair seat, essentially ceding her position to Theresa Crosier. It seems the primary reason Nickerson decided to abstain is that she has become somewhat disenchanted with party politics.
“I’m not going to do the Republican/Democrat thing; that’s not me,” she said. “I don’t know one person that I consider an enemy. I thank all of the Democrats for the opportunity to be their chairperson. Really, my take on the whole thing is I’m just concerned about the county. There’s so much that we need to do.”
As of Monday’s filing deadline, the complete list of Palo Pinto County candidates are as follows (an asterisk denotes incumbent):
• David Nicklas (Rep.) *
• Ernest Pechacek (Rep.)