Treasurer race develops as Lara stays on ballot, draws write-in opponent
And she now has an opponent.
Lara issued a statement Tuesday saying she would remain in the hunt to be elected to a new term as treasurer in two months even though she vacated that post in March and hopes to be re-appointed to a new term as auditor.
Until Monday Lara, a Democrat, was unopposed. But the Milam County Clerk’s office said Julie Biar of Thorndale filed that day as a write-in candidate.
Biar filed by petition, presenting a document that contained 155 signatures, according to the county clerk’s office.
Lara served as county treasurer until March 31 when she was appointed auditor by District Judge Ed Magre to replace Jeanie Hrozek, who retired.
Commissioners appointed Linda Acosta as treasurer to fill in the remainder of Lara’s county treasurer term, which expires Dec. 31.
The two women were sworn in on April 1.
Lara had until Aug. 24 (Tuesday) to remove her name from the general election ballot.
“I have chosen to remain on the ballot as a candidate for the office of Milam County Treasurer,” she said. “I have decided to keep my options open.”
Lara said she “anticipated” being re-appointed to another term as auditor.
“But I’m unaware of that decision at this time,” she said.
Lara was unopposed in the March Democratic Primary and was unopposed in the general election until Tuesday.
Acosta will continue to serve as treasurer.
Tuesday was the final day to file for the Nov. 2 ballot as a write-in candidate.