Early voting in in commissioner and sheriff runoff races begins May 16

Early voting in the Republican and Democratic primary runoff election begins on Monday, May 16, at the Hemphill County Courthouse, and ends on the following Friday, May 20. Polling places will be open on election day, Tuesday, May 24, in several precinct voting locations.


Two local races are at stake. Voters in the Republican runoff will determine the party’s nominee for Hemphill County Sheriff, choosing between incumbent Sheriff James Pearson and his challenger, Nathan Lewis. Those voters will also nominate the party’s candidate for Precinct 3 County Commissioner. John Sam Krehbiel and Curt McPherson are both running for the post being vacated by Mark Meek.

Hemphill County voters will also find a couple of statewide races on their ballots. There are runoff candidates in both the Democratic and Republican primaries for Railroad Commissioner. The GOP runoff race is between Wayne Christian and Gary Gates, and between Cody Garrett and Grady Yarbrough in the Democratic one.

May 13th is the last day to apply for a ballot by mail. Applications for a ballot by mail can be obtained by contacting Hemphill County/District Clerk Lisa Johnson at 806.323.6212, via email at lisaj@hemphill-clerk.com,or can be downloaded from the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/pol-sub/5-15f.pdf. For more information, go online to www.co.hemphill.tx.us/default.aspx?Hemphill_County/County.Clerk.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: A 10-page Q&A with the candidates was published in the April 21 edition of The Canadian Record. Copies of that edition are also available at The Record office upon request. When you cast your ballot, make yours an informed vote.