As a local political pundit recently commented, "Election time will be here in the blink of an eye, but there's plenty of time for them to get nasty." And on the area scene, perhaps some of the most heated races to be decided by the voters in October - and then in November's runoff - will be the up-for-grabs Caddo Commission races.

Interestingly, only five of the twelve commission seats to be decided (five incumbents and two newcomers ran unopposed), and with the commission currently divided with six Republicans and six Democrats, the balance of power also hangs in the balance,

More details on the races from settletalk.com:

"Incumbents coming back without opposition are Lyndon Johnson (district 2), Steven Jackson (district 3), Stormy Gage-Watts (district 7), and John Atkins (district 9). They will be joined by newcomers without opposition,–Roy Burrell (district 5), and Jim Taliaferro (district 8).

Incumbents facing opposition are Linn Cawthorne (district 6), Mario Chavez (district 10), and Louis Johnson (district 12.)

Linn Cawthorne is being challenged by Steffon Jones. Quinton Aught is running against Mario Chavez. Louis Johnson is opposed by Ken Epperson.

Three commissioners are termed out: Doug Dominick (district 1), Matthew Linn (district 4), and Jim Smith (district 11.).

Ken Brown, Patrick Harrington Jr., and Todd Hopkins are running for Dominick’s district 1 seat.

The candidates for district 4 commissioner are James Carstensen, Chris David and John-Paul Young. Ed Lazurus and Parker Ward are vying for Smith’s district 11 seat."

To read more of John Settle's analysis of the upcoming Caddo Commission races, JUST CLICK HERE!