Voting begins Monday for the party’s primary elections
Early voting for the March 1 primary election begins Monday at the Willie De Leon Civic Center, and February 18 is the last day to request a mail-in ballot.
Voters will choose state and local candidates by party division, selecting a Republican or Democratic ballot to cast their ballots. Certain races will only appear on certain ballots, depending on which constituency a voter is in, and this information can be seen on their voter card.
Early voting by personal appearance will take place between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through February 22, at the Civic Center, 300 E. Main St.
Polling stations will be closed on February 21 for the President’s Day holiday.
On February 19, the civic center polling station will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and for the last two days of early voting, February 24 and 25, it will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
“Beginning February 14, registered voters in Texas will have the ability to vote at any location in their county of residence, and I urge all who can to take advantage of the convenience of the early voting period to avoid crowds on election day. It’s also easy to remember — you can get out and vote early starting on Valentine’s Day,” said Texas Secretary of State John Scott.
The Republican Party and Democratic Party primaries feature contested races for county offices.
For Justice of the Peace, Pregnant 2, Sabinal and Knippa, City Court Judge Cynthia Casburn and Business Agent Monica Saiz-Martinez filed on the Republican ballot.
Republican incumbent Bobby McIntosh, who has served four terms since January 2007, is not on the ballot for re-election. No Democratic candidate ran for the position.
Two races within the Democratic Party oppose each other, one presenting two candidates and the other three.
For Precinct 2 Uvalde County Commissioner, incumbent Mariano Pargas Jr., a lieutenant with the Uvalde Police Department, is opposed by retired state employee Sergio Porras. The primary winner will determine office, as no Republican candidate has filed.
Three Democratic candidates have filed for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 6, including incumbent Roland Sanchez. Uvalde County commissioners nominated Sanchez in December 2020, following the midterm resignation of Ernesto “Neto” Luna.
Luna, who had held the post for 25 years, is running again, as is independent businessman Mario Valdez.
Former Precinct 6 Police Officer and Southwest Texas Junior College Police Officer Robert Moss ran as the only Republican candidate for the position.
Two candidates filed, one from each party, for Uvalde County Judge, County Clerk and Precinct 4 Commissioner.
Incumbent Democrat Bill Mitchell has been seeking re-election to a 10th term as Uvalde County Judge, since January 1, 1987.
Insurance adjuster Patrick McGrew ran as a Republican candidate for the job.
Outgoing Uvalde County Clerk Valerie Del Toro Romero, who took office in 2019, is seeking re-election as a Democrat. Former clerk Donna Williams, who held the post from 2015 to 2018 after running as a Democratic Party member, has now run as a Republican candidate for the post.
Ronald Garza, the outgoing Democrat from the office of Pct. 4 County Commissioner, sought re-election. Garza took office in 2019. For the Republican Party, Jose F. Suarez, an employee of the county roads department, filed his candidacy.
Incumbents who are not opposed to their party’s nomination include Democratic Party filers Christina J. Ovalle, district clerk; Joni Deorsam, county treasurer; and Lalo Diaz, Justice of the Peace, District 4.
Unopposed Republican incumbents for their positions include Steven T. Kennedy, Justice of the Peace, District 1, and Ernest Moore, Justice of the Peace, District 3.
Republican voters will choose a candidate for Texas governor from incumbent Greg Abbott and challengers such as attorney Paul Belew, landscape businessman Danny Harrison, philanthropist Kandy Kaye Horn, businessman real estate Don Huffines, computer engineer Rick Perry (not former Texas Governor Rick Perry). ), television host Chad Prather and retired military veteran Allen B. West.
Democrats will choose from gubernatorial candidates including retired Inocencio Barrientez, auto executive Michael Cooper, former journalist Joy Diaz, organizer Beto O’Rourke and engineer and lawyer Rich Wakeland.
On the Democratic ballot for lieutenant governor will be business owner Michelle Beckley, professor Carla Brailey and accountant Mike Collier. On Republican ballots, candidates include incumbent Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, grassroots volunteer and homeschool mom Trayce Bradford, entrepreneur Todd M. Bullis, technology consultant Daniel Miller, business owner Aaron Sorrells and retired military veteran Zach Vance.
On the Republican ballot for state attorney general are Ken Paxton, Lands Commissioner George P. Bush, civil servant Louie Gohmert and attorney Eva Guzman. Democrats, all lawyers, candidates for attorney general include Mike Fields, Rochelle Mercedes Garza, Joe Jaworsji, Lee Merritt and S. “Tbone” Raynor.
For the post of public accounts controller, Democratic candidates include CPA Janet T. Dudding, lawyer and planner Tim Mahoney, and strategist and author Angel Luis Vega. Republican candidates include incumbent Glenn Hegar and business owner Mark V. Goloby.
Candidates for commissioner of the general lands office include Republicans Ben Armenta, a business owner; retiree Victor Avila, physician Dawn Buckingham, attorney Rufus Lopez, businessman Weston Martinez, attorney Don W. Minton, surgeon and attorney Jon Spiers, and educator Tim Westley. Democratic candidates include business owner Jay Kleberg, chief investment officer Michael Lange and community organizer Jinny Suh.
Agriculture Commissioner The Democratic candidates are lawyer Susan Hays and businessman Ed Ireson; and the Republican candidates are incumbent Sid Miller, professor and rancher Carey A. Counsil, and author and farmer James White.
The railroad commissioner candidates are independent businessman Luke Warford, a Democrat; and Republicans, including incumbent Wayne Christian, engineering consultant Tom Slocum Jr., attorney Sarah Stogner, retiree Marvin “Sarge” Summers and project manager Dawayne Tipton.
State Rep. Tracy O. King, Democrat of District 80, faces no challengers.
The Republican candidate for state senator, District 19, is attorney Robert Garza of Del Rio, challenging incumbent Democrat Roland Gutierrez.
Candidates for U.S. Representative from District 23 include Republicans Alia Garcia, Texas State Commissioner, dentist and rancher Alma Arredondo-Lynch of Concan, and incumbent Tony Gonzales. Democrats targeting office include social worker Priscilla Golden and independent businessman John Lira.
For a list of other state positions, see the sample ballots in the upcoming Sunday edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.
Voters will need to bring photo ID unless they can reasonably obtain one. Voters are requested to have their ID on hand to expedite the voting process.
Voters are not required to wear masks to vote, but election office staff say they strongly recommend that those who have not been vaccinated wear face coverings, and social distancing will be requested.
Friday, February 18 at 5 p.m. is the deadline to request a mail-in ballot, which can be done by calling the office of Uvalde County Elections Administrator Melissa Jones at 830-591-2724 . Sample ballots by precinct can be viewed on the Uvalde County website, www.uvaldecounty.com, under the “election administrator” tab located below the list of county offices.
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