A host of local candidates are facing re-election in 2016, but since all of the county's elected officials are Republican, the majority of the races will likely be settled in the March 1 primary.

The E-T has contacted all of the candidates - and just one says he will not seek another term.

After 14 years of serving as constable of precinct 1, Larry Ciccarelli is hanging up his hat so to speak.

"I have decided to retire," Ciccarelli said. "I have thought about this for a long time and looked at the retirement packages, and now is the perfect time."

Ciccarelli is already throwing his support behind Jason Schipper, a Stephenville police officer who will run for the spot.

"(Schipper) is a hard worker, a smart guy who served as a customs agent and he is bilingual," Ciccarelli said. "That's really important."

In other races, State Representative J.D. Sheffield and Sheriff Tommy Bryant are the only incumbents so far facing a challenge.

Here's a look at how the rest is taking shape.

State Representative J.D. Sheffield - Seeking his third term

Challenger: Brent Graves

Sheriff Tommy Bryant: Seeking his sixth term

Challengers: Clell Murray, Tish Lecroy

District Attorney Alan Nash: Seeking his second full term. He was first appointed to fill the position in July 2012 and was elected to his first full term in November of that same year.

County Attorney Lisa Pence: Seeking her third term.

Tax Assessor Jennifer Carey: She became the tax assessor in January 1985, making her the longest-serving elected county official following the retirement of Judge Don Jones. She will seek another term.

Commissioner Dee Stephens: Seeking his second term.

Commissioner Joe Brown: Seeking his third term.

Precinct 2 Constable Leroy Gaitan: Seeking his fourth term.

Early voting in the primary will be held Feb. 16- 26.

If a primary run-off is necessary, it will be held May 24.