CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Polling places will open by 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 so voters can begin to choose their next president, senator and congressmen, along with many county officials including sheriffs, constables and commissioners.
The Primary races for presidential candidates have narrowed since filings began. Currently there are only two candidates vying for the Republican nomination, current President Donald Trump and Bill Weld. Weld is an American attorney, businessman and author who served as the 68th Governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997.
In the Democratic Primary, voters currently have nine candidates still running although there are 17 names on the ballot. Still vying for the Democratic nomination are Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Deval Patrick, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer and Elizabeth Warren.
In the Republican Primary for U.S. Senator, incumbent John Cornyn faces Mark Yancey, John Anthony Castro, Virgil Bierschwale and Dwayne Stovall.
Democrat candidates for U.S. Senator include Royce West, Victor Hugo Harris, Amanda K. Edwards, Annie “Mama” Garcia, D. R. Hunter, Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez, Mary (MJ) Hegar, Michael Cooper, Jack Daniel Foster, Jr., Chris Bell, Sema Hernandez and Adrian Ocegueda.
U.S. Representative Dist. 5 Lance Gooden faces Don Hill in the Republican Primary. For the Democrats, Carolyn Salter is the lone candidate.
For U.S Representative Dist. 6 (Navarro County) Ron Wright is the only Republican on the ballot and Stephen Daniel is the lone Democrat.
In State races, Republicans have two candidates for Railroad Commissioner James “Jim” Wright and Ryan Sitton. Democrats will choose from Kelly Stone, Roberto R. “Beto” Alonzo, Mark Watson and Chrysta Castaneda.
Chief Justice Supreme Court Nathan Hecht is unopposed in the Republican Primary. Democrats will choose from Amy Clark Meachum and Jerry Zimmerer. Voters will also choose Judges to fill several places on the Texas Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals, Court of Appeals and State Board of Education members for their district.
State Representative Dist. 4 Keith Bell is unopposed in both the primary and November election.
State Representative Dist. 10 has three Republicans running, Ryan Pitts, Robert “Zack” Rader and Jake Ellzey.
County Attorney Clint Davis, Sheriff Botie Hillhouse and Tax Assessor Peggy Goodall are unopposed.
County Commissioner Pct. 1 has three Republicans vying for the office, Wendy Kinnabrew Spivey, Keith Pryor and Brad Skiles.
In the Pct. 4 Commissioner race, Republicans Mark Wade, Jeff Cade, Kelly Harris, Jim Bob Warren, III and Mark Richardson seek to fill the unexpired term of the late commissioner Ken Geeslin.
Constable Pct. 2 Mitch Baker is unopposed as is Constable Pct. 5 Brad Miers, Constable Pct. 3 David Grubbs and Constable Pct. 1 Kay Langford. Constable Pct. 4 has Josh Rickman and incumbent John Floyd in contention for the position.
Kaufman County Republicans have three contenders for District Judge of the 422nd District Court, Shelton Gibbs, IV, Cariann Bradford and Chad Johnson, since Judge B. Michael Chitty decided not to seek re-election this year.
Kaufman County Sheriff Bryan Beavers faces two challengers in the Republican Primary, Clint McNear and Mitchum Patterson.
For Pct. 1 Commissioner, incumbent Mike Hunt faces challengers Emily Norwood and Terry Crow. Pct. 3 Commissioner Terry Barber is opposed by Timothy Minter.
In the Constable races, Pct. 1 Constable Shawn Mayfield faces David Rogers, Pct. 2 Constable Jason Johnson faces Ernesto Zepeda, Constable Keith Stephens faces Matt Woodall and Constable Vanessa Brooks is unopposed.
The Criminal District Attorney race (unexpired term) is between William “Will” Dixon and Will Thompson.
Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner faces challenger David Foreman.
Texas Senate Dist. 22 candidates include Republican Brian Birdwell and Democrat Robert Vick.
Van Zandt County
In the State Representative Dist. 2 race, Republicans will choose from incumbent Dan Flynn, Bryan Slaton and Dwayne “Doc” Collins. Democrats have Bill Brannon as their lone candidate.
Van Zandt Sheriff Republican candidates include current Sheriff Dale Corbett, Steve Hendrix, Anthony “Big Tony” Katsoulas and Thomas “Tommy” Monk. There is no Democrat challenger.
County Tax Assessor/Collector candidates are also all Republicans. Misty Stanberry, Irma Hayes and Valerie Jordan seek that position.
Constable Pct. 2 candidates are Jesse Ison and Heath Burton.
For more information on candidates, along with voting locations and times, see our Voting Guide on pages 1B-5B.