Parker County Republican candidates forum taking place Jan. 20

A candidate forum for all Republican candidates in the March 3 Primary Election has been scheduled for Jan. 20.

A Republican candidates forum will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 20 at the Parker County Courthouse.

The forum will be open to the public and all Republican incumbents and their opponents are expected to attend the event.

“I expect all the candidates who are challenged will be there and I think the majority of all the candidates will attend as well,” Parker County Republican Party Chair J Scott Utley said. “Two years ago it was a well-received event, so I expect we will have another large turnout. It’s the Parker County candidates — this is only for primary candidates. This is absolutely open to the public.”

Candidate races in Parker County include the race for sheriff, Precinct 3 commissioner, Precinct 2 constable and Precinct 3 constable.

In the race for Parker County sheriff, Republican incumbent Larry Fowler is facing a challenge from Republicans Darrell Hull, Gregory Scott Gates and Fred Hammons. Russell Hess, Libertarian, is also running for sheriff.

In the race for Precinct 3 commissioner, incumbent Larry Walden is facing a challenge from Matt Drikas.

Precinct 2 Constable Joe Harris, Jr., is facing a challenge from Ray Riley and Precinct 3 Constable Glen Praytor is being challenged by Brad Chane.

“The candidates will come up and there will be a three-minute introduction section, and we don’t expect any questions back and forth just because of time constraints; however, everybody will have an opportunity to talk with each of the candidates,” Utley said. “My goal is to let people actually have a chance to come out and meet and see who is running for office in their county.”

Utley said the forum will be formatted like previous years.

“It’s truly an opportunity for people to come out, meet candidates and ask them specific questions in a one-on-one format,” Utley said.

The forum will be held in the County Court at Law 2 Courtroom on the second floor of the courthouse.

“I think it’s important for everyone to be engaged in the election process and to have a chance to know who they’re voting for,” Utley said. “I think the closer we get to the election, the more people are asked to actually go out and vote and we need to keep voter turnout in Parker County as high as possible.”

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the event will start at 6:30 p.m., followed by time for discussions with the candidates.

“Light refreshments will be provided by the Bush Legacy of Republican Women of Weatherford,” Utley said. “This is just a great opportunity to come out and get involved with the community and better understand who you’re voting for.”

Early voting for the March 3 Primary Election will run from Feb. 18-28 and for more information about voting, visit

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