Jim Sánchez / Conexión San Ángelo

SAN ANGELO – Only eight candidates out of 18 running for either a U.S. Rep, commissioner, a judge, county commissioner, justice of the peace or precinct chair, showed up Tuesday for the San Angelo TEA Party’s Candidate Forum held at West Texas Training Center, 3501 N. Hwy. 67

In the US Representative District 11 race, while Congressman Mike Conaway did not appear, his opponent, Paul Myers did. Myers wasted no time in stating why he decided to run. “When you ask your elected official something, they should have the answer or tell you, I will find out for you.” “they work for us, the people.” 

In the Commissioner, General Land Office race, neither George P. Bush, Jerry Patterson, nor Davey Edwards attended. A fourth individual, Rick Range, who had a prior commitment, had his statement read by TEA Party member, Lyleann McClellan-Thee.

The Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 8 candidates: Jay Brandon, Michelle Slaughter and Dib Waldrip did not attend.

On the Justice, 3rd Court of Appeals Place 6 side, Mike Toth, Donna Davidson, appeared; a representative for 

Jennifer Freel, was there for opening remarks.

“We need solid, courageous, principled, proven constitutional conservatives at every level of our judiciary, and I am that candidate,” said Toth who works for Attorney General, Ken Paxton.


Davidson stated in her remarks she has served two Governors, Bush and Perry, so she knows a lot about agency rules. “A lot of what Third Court is going to do, directly affects everyone because any litigation against state government or agency will end before them.” Davidson concluded that she has the endorsement of Governor Perry, Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian and others.

Freel, who was not in attendance had a a representative read her statement behalf before departing.

County Commissioner Pct. 2 candidates: Tana Sue Pyssen and Sammy Farmer did attend. Pyssen went first, saying as a lifelong, educator, “I have been dedicated to ensuring a strong school system.”

Farmer cited in his remarks his service on a committee that developed future land use that is currently used for zoning and re-zoning. “I was also on the Zoning Board of Adjustments for two terms and six on the Planning Commission.”

Next up in the Justice of the Peace Pct. 1 race was incumbent, Susan Werner, whose opponent, Sally Ayana did not attend. “In addition to being your JP, I have also served as justice of the peace court clerk for nine years,” said Werner. 

The candidates for the Precinct Chair Pct. 230, involved two persons: Anna Bartosh and Martha Visney, who did not appear. Bartosh, stated she has been a delegate for two Republican state conventions. “And I have worked as an election clerk for a number of years,” said Bartosh.

Primary elections are March 6th and include county, state and federal positions. 

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