Political party race getting crowded

– The race for U.S. Congress District 4 has become very crowded, with at least five candidates now seeking the Republican nomination.

Monday is the final day to file for the March 2 party primary elections. Incumbent U.S. Representative Ralph Hall, of Rockwall, is seeking re-election to his 16th term in Congress, but will have to fend off several challengers.

Filing for the position on Dec. 31 were John Cooper of Sulphur Springs, Joshua Kowert of Sherman and Steve Clark of Heath. Jerry Ray Hall of Rockwall announced Saturday he intended to file for the nomination today. Jim Prindle of Allen is running as a Libertarian Party candidate.