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State of Texas
Early Voting Begins Monday for November 6 Election
by Garrett Bryce
Friday, October 19, 2018

Early voting begins on Monday for the November 6 General Election, offering voters the opportunity to cast their ballots in federal, state and county offices as well as on some local races and ballot measures in Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris and Jefferson counties.

Federal and state races include one United States Senate seat, several U.S. House districts, as well as Governor, state senate and state representative seats. Election Page

In Brazoria County, contested local races include County Judge, which is a race between Matt Sebesta and Robert Pruett.

County Commissioner Precinct 2 is a race between Ryan Cade and Jackie K. “JFK” Funkhouser, while County Commissioner Precinct 4 is a contest between David Linder and Arnetta “Twins Mom” Murray.

Judge of County Court-at-Law No. 4 is also on the ballot and is a race between Lori Rickert and Robin Burgess.

Joyce Hudman will vie against Rose MacAskie for County Clerk.

Richard B. Davis and Leshan D. Jayasekara are on the ballot for Justice of the Peace Precinct 2, Place 2, while voters will decide between Sherry Kersh and F. J. Jones for Justice of the Peace Precinct 4, Place 2.

Also on the ballot is a special election for the creation of Brazoria County Emergency Services District No 4.

Alvin Independent School District is holding an election for two ballot measures. Proposition A would authorize the issuance of $480,500,000 in bonds for school buildings and other items. Proposition B is a tax ratification election to authorize a property tax rate of $1.45 per $100 valuation for the 2018 Tax Year.

In Fort Bend County, Robert E. “Bob” Hebert will face challenger KP George for County Judge.

James Patterson is challenged by Ken R. DeMerchant for County Commissioner of Precinct 4.

Several District Judge seats are on the ballot. Chad Bridges and Frank J. Frailey will face off in the race for the 240th Judicial District, while John “Hawk” Hawkins and R. O'Neil Willams are on the ballot for the 268th Judicial District, and Ken Cannata and Robert L. Rolnick for the 458th Judicial District.

Cliff Vacek will face Brian M. Middleton in the race for District Attorney of the 268th Judicial District.

Three seats are contested for Judge of County Courts-at-Law in Fort Bend County. Tricia Krenek and Juli Mathew will compete for Court-at-Law No. 3, Amy Mitchell and Toni Wallace are on the ballot for Court-at-Law No. 4 and Dean Hrbacek and Sherman Hatton, Jr. will face off for Court-at-Law No. 6.

Annie Rebecca Elliot and Beverly McGrew Walker will be in the race for District Clerk. Kelly Nicole Crow faces Michael Antalan for Justice of the Peace Precinct 3.

Missouri City voters will be casting ballots to elect the city's mayor and two at-large city council positions.

Allen Owen, Fred G. Taylor and Yolanda Ford have filed to run for mayor. Jerry Wyatt and Vashaundra Edwards will compete for Council Member At-Large Position 1. Council Member At-Large Position 2 is a four-candidate race, with Chris Preston, H. R. “Buddy” Snyder, Angie Wierzbicki and Susan Soto on the ballot.

In Galveston County, Kerri Foley and Kerry Pettijohn are seeking the County Court-at-Law No. 2 seat.

College of the Mainland is holding a special election to gain voter approval of a $163.5 million bond issue.

In League City, contested races are on the ballot for mayor and three city council seats.

Pat Hallisey is being challenged by Sebastian Lofaro for mayor. Andy Mann and Traci Jacobs are on the ballot for Council Position 1. Council Position 6 is a three-candidate race between Silvio P. Vincenzo, Chad Tressler and Chris Goss. Nick Long and Ange Mertens will compete for Position 7.

League City is also holding an election to consider 15 City Charter Amendments.

Santa Fe Independent School District has two contested races on the ballot in November.

Clary Hertenberger, Donna Hayes, John Rothermel and Jessica Hagewood have filed for Trustee Position 4 on the Board of Trustees. James Grassmuck, Sheryl Skufca, Tina Longcoy, and Jody Davis have filed for Position 5.

Friendswood Independent School District will hold a special election for Position 2 on the Board of Trustees. Dakota Carter and Denise Ruiz have filed for the seat.

Galveston County Navigation District No. 1 is holding an election for District 1, Office 2 Commissioner Thomas E. “Ted” Farmer, Jr. and Robert Mihovil are on the ballot.

Galveston County Municipal Utility District No. 66 has two propositions on the ballot for the issuance of bonds.

In Harris County, a large amount of District Judge seats are on the ballot and contested.

For County Judge, Ed Emmett faces challenge from Lina Hidalgo and Eric Gatlin. Jack Morman and Adrian Garcia are on the ballot for County Commissioner Precinct 2, while Precinct 4 is a race between R. Jack Cagle and Penny Shaw.

District Clerk is a race between Chris Daniel and Marilyn Burgess.

Stan Stanart, Diane Trautman and Abel Chirino Gomez have filed to run for County Clerk. Orlando Sanchez and Dylan Osborne are on the ballot for County Treasurer.

Two contested County School Trustee seats are also on the Harris County ballot. Marc Cowart and Richard Cantu have filed for Position 3 At-Large, while Josh Flynn and Andrea Duhon are on the ballot for Position 4, Precinct 3.

Various Court-at-Law and Criminal Court seats are contested in Harris County.

Civil Court-at-Law No. 2 is a race between Erin Swanson and Jim F. Kovach, while Linda Storey and LaShawn A. Williams have filed for Civil Court-at-Law No 3 and Sophia Mafrige and William “Bill' McLeod for Civil Court-at-Law No. 4.

Criminal Court No. 1 is a race between Paula Goodhart and Alex Salgado, Court No. 2 a race between Bill Harmon and Ronnisha Bowman, and Court No. 3 is between Natalie C. Fleming and Erica Hughes.

John Clinton and Shannon Baldwin have filed for Criminal Court No. 4, Xavier Alfaro and David M. Fleischer for Court No. 5, and Linda Garcia and Kelley Andrews for Court No. 6.

Pam Derbyshire and Andrew A. Wright are on the ballot for Criminal Court No. 7, Dan Simons and Franklin Bynum for Court No. 8, and John Wakefield and Toria J. Finch for Court No. 9.

Criminal Court 10 is a race between Dan Spjut and Lee Harper Wilson, Criminal Court No 11 is between Aaron Burdett and Sedrick T. Walker, II, and Criminal Court No 12 a race between John Spjut and Cassandra Y. Hollman.

Jessica Padilla and Raul Rodriguez have filed for Criminal Court No. 13, Mike Fields and David L. Singer for Court No. 14, and Roger Bridgewater and Tonya Jones for Court No. 15.

Loyd Wright and Jerry Simoneaux will compete for Judge of County Probate Court No 1.

Ray Black and Michael Newman are on the ballot for County Criminal Court No. 2, Rory Robert Olson and Jason Cox for Criminal Court No. 3, and Christine Riddle Butts and James Horwitz for No. 4.

David Solomon Flanagan and Jeremy L. Brown are running for the unexpired term for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 7, Place 1. “DC” Caldwell and Sharon M. Burney have filed for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 8, Place 2.

Houston has two propositions on the ballot. Proposition A is to amend the city's drainage fee for Rebuild Houston to establish a dedicated pay-as-you-go fund.

Proposition B is a measure to establish pay parity for Houston Fire Fighters with Houston Police Officers.

The City of Nassau Bay will hold a special election to seek re-authorization of a one-quarter of one percent sales tax to continue to provide revenue for the maintenance and repair of municipal streets.

Webster has five propositions on the ballot for various amendments to the City Charter.

In Jefferson County, Jeff R. Branick faces challenger Nick Lampson for County Judge.

Bailey Wingate and Carolyn L. Guidry are on the ballot for County Clerk, and Tim Funchess and Charlie Hallmark are running for County Treasurer.

Mitch Templeton and Melody Chappell are on the ballot for District Judge of the 172nd Judicial District.

Justice of the Peace Precinct 1, Place 2 is a race between Annette Reedy and Benjamin “Ben” Collins.

Charlie Wiggins and Jevonne Pollard will vie for the unexpired term of County Constable Precinct 1.

The county will also hold a special election to authorize the creation of Jefferson County Assistance District No. 4.

Early voting will continue through November 2. To view federal, state and uncontested races, visit the Election Page.

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