2022 Republican Primary Candidates

These candidates are ALL Republicans, you can vote March 1st on the best Republicans to beat the Dems in November.   Early voting at 200 W Bermuda St, Quitman, Feb. 14-25. 

Info is from candidates and the internet -- their names are in ballot-order (randomized) -- Wood County Republican Party does not endorse in primaries, we support all Republicans.

March 1st 2022 Candidate Guide (Texas)

March 1st 2022 Candidate Guide (Local)

You can view the contested statewide races by clicking the (Texas) button above, such as the eight Republicans running to become the GOP nominee for Governor, four Republicans seeking to be the Attorney General nominee, two Republican seeking a seat on the Supreme Court of Texas, etc.  

There is also a (Local) candidates button, if you would like to print out the candidate-guide on Republicans running to be our nominees for State Rep, Wood County DA, Wood County Judge, County Commissioners, etc. -- or just scroll down to see it now. 

2022 Republican Primary Candidates (Local only)

Cole Hefner

Incumbent HD5

Born: 1980, age ~42, in East Texas; raised in Pittsburg TX, now in Mt Pleasant TX

Work: state rep 2016+, insurance 2015, county commissioner 2010, construction 16yrs

Edu.: homeschool, Pittsburg TX

Issue: 100% pro-life; understands the importance of hard work and conservative values

Issue: secure and defend our border; stop all handouts to illegal immigrants

Issue: will reduce government spending for a stronger economy

Issue: defend the second amendment; concealed handgun carrier, lifetime NRA member

Factoid: chamber of commerce, Kiwanis, east Texas council regional review committee

Contact: ColeHefner.com

Kevin White


Wood County Judge

Born: 1964, age ~57, fourth generation in Wood County

Work: mayor of Mineola, educator for 30 years (principal of Hawkins High)

Edu: masters and bachelor’s degrees from East Texas State University

Issue: reduce county employee turnover, >25% turnover rate in 2021, costs taxpayers

Issue: cooperative effort to improve infrastructure in county, population is growing

Issue: get struck-off tax properties back on tax rolls, helped with 100+ when mayor

Issue: get more trials scheduled, which helps the DA office get more cases prosecuted

Factoid: has served on seven boards in government/banking/civics, officer on many of those

Contact: facebook.com/pg/Kevin-White-Candidate-for-Wood-County-Judge-103900295470844

Jerry Gaskill incumbent Pct. 2 Commissioner

Born: 1971, age 50 in Dallas, Tx

Work: Wood County, laborer 1992-1993, Wood County Foreman 1993-2003, Wood County Commissioner 2003-present

Education: Graduate Grand Saline High School; 20 years continuing education Texas Association of Counties

Issue: Save tax payers money

Issue: Obeying all state rules as subdivisions are developed

Factoid: Hardworking, hands on, committed, to every job put before me. Kiwanis member, East Texas Council of Government, North East Texas Water Development Board.

Contact:  (903) 850-3203

Russell Acker

Incumbent Pct. 4


Born: 1958, age ~65, Dallas, TX

Work: Custom Home Builder 30 years, Wood County Environmental Inspector / Subdivision Coordinator 10 years

Elected 2014 Wood County Commissioner Pct 4, Re-elected to second term 2018

ED: 1976 Honors’ Graduate Como-Pickton High School, TEEX Licensing for TCEQ Designated Representative

Issue: Will strive to continue the conservative polices of the commissioners before me that have placed Wood County in the excellent financial position that we are in today.

Factoid: First Pct 4 Commissioner to apply for and receive over 1 million dollars in Tx Dot grant funding that was used solely for Road & Bridge repair in Pct 4

Contact: [email protected]

Angela Albers


Wood County Judge

Born: 1975, age 47, in Magnolia, Texas; moved to Wood County, Texas in 2006

Work: Elected Wood County Criminal District Attorney 2019; 21-year career prosecutor

Edu: Law degree Baylor University; Bachelor of Arts in English, minor Spanish, Sam Houston State University

Issue: Passionate about the protection of children from violence and sexual assaults

Issue: Seeking Justice in each prosecution; serving the needs and providing available resources for victims

Issue: Working collaboratively with Law enforcement to ensure the successful prosecution of crimes

Issue: Using resources and efficient processes wisely to save taxpayer’s money

Factoid: Christian Conservative Republican; Pro-Life; Mother to twin boys (15) and a daughter (11)

Contact: [email protected]   /   facebook.com/people/Keep-Angela-Albers-DA/100064038904872 

Jerry Parker


Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace

Born: 1947; 37 year resident of Wood County and Holly Lake Ranch

Work: Justice of the Peace pct. 3, business owner, Dept. of criminal justice classification officer Angola State Penitentiary, TX dept. of financial services 3 yrs, TX dept. of criminal justice parole division supervisor 28 yrs

Edu/qualifications: BA degree in government/sociology from Southeastern Louisiana University, former Harmony ISD board member, former 10 year member of Wood County Industrial Commission, former member Wood County Appraisal Review Board, City Councilman in St. Francisville, LA

Issue: Character counts. Total honesty, knowledge, compassion for others, and true witness for our Lord are the values I will bring to this office.

Contact:  facebook.com/JPforJP