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Incumbent Holmgren doesn't file for county election





Ellis County Commissioner Swede Holmgren, a Republican from Ellis representing District 1, did not file for re-election by Monday's noon filing deadline.

That does not mean Holmgren is necessarily bowing out of the race to keep his seat.

"I'm reviewing my options now," Holmgren said after Monday's commission meeting.

Holmgren still could run as an independent candidate. Independent candidates have until noon Aug. 4, the day before the primary, to petition to be on the ballot for the general election in November. In Ellis County, that would require 77 valid signatures for an independent candidate and payment of the state filing fee.

There are two Republican challengers for Holmgren's seat. Ellis Mayor Lyle Johnston filed last month, and Martha "Marcy" McClelland just beat the filing deadline Monday morning.

Holmgren is completing his first four-year term. He replaced Perry Henman on the commission, who did not run for re-election in 2010. Holmgren ran unopposed in the primary and defeated Democrat Henry Schwaller IV in the general election.

District 1 makes up the majority of the northwest corner of the county, including the city of Ellis.