Early voting draws to a close this Friday, February 28, in the Republican and Democratic primary elections which will be held March 4. So far, local turnout at the polls has been light, with only 66 votes cast.
The only contested local race facing Hemphill County voters is the four-way battle to succeed retiring county commissioner Lynard Schafer. Republican primary voters in Precinct 4 will be the deciders in the contest between David Pearson, Barry Sims, Matt LeFever and Nicholas Thomas. In the absence of any Democratic opposition, the winner of the GOP nomination will be the presumed winner.
Other Republican candidates for local office avoided opposition in either the primary or the general election, and barring any write-in candidates, will be re-elected this fall. Among those candidates are four seeking re-election to office—County Judge George Briant, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Ed Culver, County/District Clerk Lisa Johnson and Justice of the Peace Larry Dunnam—and one relative newcomer, Kay Smallwood, who will replace retiring County Treasurer Angie Huff in that office.
Texas’ Democratic and Republican primary ballots are also loaded with contested races from top to bottom, with candidates for federal, state and local offices all vying for their party’s nomination as candidates in the November 4 general election.
For a complete list of state and federal candidates in both primaries, go online to the Texas Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.state.tx.us/elections and click on links to Republican Party and Democratic Party primary election candidates.
All early voting in the Republican and Democratic party primaries is being conducted at the Hemphill County Courthouse, and will conclude at 5 pm tomorrow.
On Election Day, voters must vote in the precinct in which they are registered. Hemphill County polling places will be open on Tuesday, March 4, from 7 am to 7 pm, in the following locations:
Pct. 101 County Commissioners Courtroom, Hemphill County Courthouse
Pct. 201 Fire Station Meeting Room 100 N. First
Pct. 301 Baker Elementary School
Pct. 401 Gymnasium Foyer, Canadian High School
Pct. 202 Pct. 2 County Barn, FM 1453, 1/2 mile south of FM 23758
Pct. 302 Gem City Voting Booth, SW of intersection of FM 2654 and SH 33
Pct. 303 Pct. 3 County Barn FM 277 1 mile west of intersection of FM 2654
Pct. 402 Washita Voting Booth, FM 277 at CR 10