The deadline for candidates to sign up in the upcoming primary elections was Monday at 6:00 p.m. and before it passed a former Jasper County employee who was recently involved in a controversy in the Jasper County Tax Assessor Collectors Office has signed up to run against her former boss.
Cindy Stephenson is challenging Bobby Biscamp, who is seeking re-election. Both are running on the Republican side of the ballot.
Stephenson reportedly remained on the payroll for over two years without going to work after being placed on administrative pay by the Jasper County Commissioners Court. However, her pay ended in June of 2018 after Biscamp appeared before the Commissioners Court and asked them to address the issue.
Stephenson refused to answer numerous calls about her absence or the reason behind her administrative leave. However, Biscamp told KJAS Radio News that she had accused him of making sexual advances towards her, a claim that he adamantly denied.
Biscamp was indicted by a Jasper County Grand Jury in November of 2017 on the charges of 3rd Degree Felony Theft by a Public Servant and State Jail Felony of Executing a Document by Deception. However, there were no charges handed down in connection with Stephenson’s accusations of sexual harassment.
So far Biscamp has not been tried on either charge and sources within the Jasper County Courthouse have indicated that Stephenson received an out of court settlement. However, that has not been confirmed.
Elsewhere on the ballot, Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman is not opposed in his bid for re-election. Newman who is running as a Republican was the only person to sign up for his third term.
In the race for Precinct 1 County Commissioner, the incumbent Charles Jr. Shofner apparently decided not to seek re-election. However, two other candidates have signed. Eddie Robinson and Seth Martindale are seeking the seat.
Robinson challenged Shofner in 2016 running on the Democrat side of the ballot against Shofner who ran as a Republican after holding the office for years as a Democrat. However, Robinson was defeated when he received 1,024 votes as compared to the 2,615 garnered by Shofner. However, this time, Robinson is running as a Republican.
In the race for Jasper County Precinct 3 Commissioner, the incumbent, Willie Stark is running again but is challenged by Howard Duncan. Both are running as Republicans.
On the national level, Bryan Babin is seeking re-election as a member of the U.S. House of representatives, representing District 36. However, Babin is challenged by former Jasper City Council Member Rashad Lewis. Babin is running as Republican and Lewis signed up as a Democrat.