CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The first day of early voting for the Nov. 3 general election is Tuesday, Oct. 13 when some polling locations will open beginning at 7 a.m.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some local elections were postponed until November giving some voters a larger election ticket to choose from. Beginning Oct. 13 voters can choose their next president, senator, representative along with many county and city officials.
On the Presidential ticket, voters will choose between Republican President Donald Trump, Democratic nominee Joe Biden, Libertarian Jo Jorgensen and Green Party Howie Hawkins.
For the U.S. Senator election, voters can choose from Republican John Cornyn, Democrat Mary “MJ” Hegar, Libertarian Kerry Douglas McKennon and Green Party David B. Collins.
Kaufman, Henderson and Van Zandt voters will elect to choose a U.S. Representative for their district choosing from Republican Lance Gooden, Democrat Carolyn Salter and Libertarian Kevin A. Hale.
Navarro County voters will elect a U.S. Representative for district six can choose from Republican Ron Wright, Democrat Stephen Daniel and Libertarian Melanie A. Black.
Henderson and Kaufman County voters will elect a district four State Representative between incumbent Republican Keith Bell and Libertarian K. Nicole Sprabary.
A portion of Henderson County voters who fall in district 10 will choose a State Representative between Republican Jake Ellzey and Libertarian Matt Savino.
Van Zandt County voters will choose a State Representative between Republican Bryan Slaton and Democrat Bill Brannon.
Navarro County voters will elect a district eight State Representative, choosing between Republican Cody Harris and Libertarian R. Edwin Adams.
For more information on other candidates on the ballot visit www.sos.texas.gov.
Local elections have the following candidates:
Athens City Council has three positions open, place two Incumbent Aaron Smith will be re-running for his seat, Sytonia Freeman will run against incumbent Edward McCain for place three and incumbent Robert Gross will be re-running for his seat in place four.
Gun Barrel City Council has two positions open plus mayor’s seat. Rob Rea and Rita Evans are vying for place two and Kathi Nailling will be challenging incumbent Anne Mullins for place four. Mayor David Skains is running unopposed.
Log Cabin City Council has three at large places available. Rodney Allen and Jessica Abbe will be re-running for their place on the council with Lynn Amundsen, Larry Sutherland and Eddie Bubba Jean Pogue hoping to secure a position also.
Mabank City Council also has three positions. Incumbents Dennis terry, John Chappell and Tyson Adams will all be re-running. Gilbert Mitchell is hoping to secure one of those positions.
Malakoff City Council has three at large positions with three incumbents hoping to secure their seats, Jerrilyn Tarver, Vincent Bailey Jr. and Kevin Kilman. The incumbents will be challenged by new candidates, Rickey L. Baker and Thomas Posey.
Seven Points City Council has two council positions and a mayor’s seat available. Cheryl Jones will be running for her same seat and Andrew Morrow will be running against Chuck White for the second council seat. Councilman Skippy Waters will be running against Mayor Gerald Taylor for the mayor’s seat.
City of Star Harbor has two council positions open with a mayor’s seat. Tommy Clark will be re-running along with David Morris. Morris’s seat will be challenged by Richard Haley. Mayor Warren Claxton is running unopposed.
City of Tool has three council members with expiring terms, Gary Sesito, Summer Harrison and Keith McDonald. Mike Dumont and David Moses have stated their intent to run for office.
Local school board elections have the following candidates:
Athens Independent School District has two places available. Incumbent Eugene Buford is running unopposed for place one and Bryan Barker will challenge incumbent Alicea Elliot for place two.
Kemp Independent School District has two places up for re-election. Charissa Roberts is seeking re-election for place one but is running opposed to Matt Gross. Board member Rusty Clamon will not be seeking re-election this term. Carole Williams seeks to fill his spot on the board for place two.
Mabank Independent School District has two places available for re-election. Place four with current board member Erik Tijerina is unopposed and Bryan Miller will be challenging incumbent board member Todd Grimes for place five.
Malakoff Independent School District has two places up for re-election currently held by Peggy Dewberry and Duana Busch. Keith Massingill, Bryan Young and Kandi Walker will also be running for those places.
For more information on candidates, along with voting locations and times, see our Voters Guide on page 1b-4b.