DA candidate hopeful sues Jefferson County Republican Party over ballot dispute

David Bellow

An outspoken political activist in Southeast Texas is suing the Jefferson County Republican Party for leaving his name off the primary election ballot in the race for district attorney.

David Bellow filed to run for Jefferson County DA on Dec. 11, before the 6 p.m. filing deadline.

Four days later, according to Bellow's lawsuit filed Jan. 4, sitting District Attorney Bob Wortham sent a letter to the county's Republican chairman Garrett Peel in which he challenged Bellow's eligibility.

Bellow is not a licensed attorney.

But he says Peel violated "his ministerial duty" to place Bellow's name on the ballot. Bellow, citing the Texas Election Code, says even ineligible candidates are required to be placed on the ballot if they are declared ineligible after a certain point.

Bellow also challenges whether the Democrat candidate can challenge the Republican's application for candidacy, as he says Wortham did in this case.

You can read Bellow's claims in their entirety here:

Bellow has previously made unsuccessful runs at Hardin County judge and commissioner. Most recently, he was indicted in Jefferson County for installing an unlawful tracking device on his estranged wife's car, a charge that was later dropped.

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