McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna filed Wednesday to seek re-election.
Filing started Saturday for the March 6 joint primary, and about 20 people have filled out Republican candidate applications, said Barbara White, McLennan County Republican Party vice chairwoman. The local party is in the process of reviewing the applications, and seven candidates have been approved by the party chairman so far, White said.
A local Democratic Party representative did not return a call seeking information about Democratic candidates. Filing ends Dec. 11, and the general election is next November.
Reyna did not return a message requesting comment about his filing.
Barry Johnson, a former Dallas attorney, recently announced a campaign to oust Reyna in the Republican primary. Johnson, 61, moved back to Waco in March after practicing personal injury law in Dallas since 1989. Born and raised in Waco, Johnson is the son of the late Judge Joe N. Johnson, who served as justice of the peace and state district judge for 40 years.
Reyna easily won his second term in 2014 against write-in challenger Robert Callahan. Reyna received 84 percent of the votes and had no Democratic challenger. In 2010, Reyna ousted Democratic incumbent John Segrest, who was seeking his sixth term. Segrest is the longest-tenured district attorney since McLennan County formed in 1850.
Reyna is the son of Felipe Reyna, a former McLennan County district attorney and former justice on the 10th Court of Appeals.
The last day to register to vote is Feb. 5.
The filing comes almost a week after a mistrial was declared in the case of Jacob Carrizal, one of 154 bikers under indictment in the 2015 Twin Peaks shootout. The jury deliberated 14 hours before saying they were deadlocked, forcing the mistrial.
The day before Johnson announced his campaign, Reyna’s former first assistant, Greg Davis, submitted a sworn affidavit alleging Reyna has arranged for criminal cases against friends and influential people to be dismissed in exchange for campaign donations.
Davis also states in the affidavit that he met with an FBI agent in August 2014 regarding an investigation of Reyna and that he believes the investigation is ongoing.
Reyna’s latest campaign finance report, which was through June 30, shows he has $82,863 in his campaign coffer and $109,395 in outstanding loans.
He received mostly $1,000 donations per individual over the six-month reporting period.
Several people across the community have announced intentions to file for various positions.