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Four candidates running to become Grayson County judge


GRAYSON COUNTY -- By now, you've probably seen the political signs popping up in Grayson County.

The deadline to file to run for Grayson County judge was earlier this month and voters now have to pick from a qualified, experienced pool of candidates.

Four republicans are running for the seat being left open by current County Judge Drue Bynum who, after two terms, is not seeking re-election.

"I wrestled with how long to serve but, for me, two terms seemed to be enough. I think the county is in good shape," Bynum said.

Among the candidates, longtime local business leader James Maddock with 26 years of experience at Texas Instruments and Raytheon on his resume. He says reducing tax rates in Grayson County is a priority.

"I think I have 40 years of experience in the professional world working with both the government sector and the private sector and have learned a lot of leadership skills that I think would be very helpful for Grayson County," Maddock said.

Gene Short says his 24 years as a County Commissioner would allow him to hit the ground running, if elected. Short, who spearheaded the Highway 289 extension, says he would improve transportation needs, encourage new business and develop the North Texas Regional Airport.

"That is a good asset for us out there and that's a good place for economic development," Short said.

Grayson County Treasurer Trent Bass will also be on the ballot. He took office in January 2011 and says knowing the county's finances better than almost anyone gives him an advantage.

"I think I can apply that knowledge and my business background to the office of county judge to help us make better decisions financially," Bass said.

Former two-term Sherman Mayor Bill Magers wants to fill the county judge seat, too. He's already gained support from some county leaders and says helping the county continue to grow is key.

"I have a history of low taxes, of economic development, of job creation," Magers said. "I think you can take that skill set that I developed as the mayor of Sherman and bring it to the county as a whole."

The deadline to register to vote in the March 4 primary is February 3.

A candidate has to receive at least 50% of the vote to be elected. But, because there are four people running, that's not likely to happen in the March primary.

A run-off election will held be May 27.