By Emily Banks Wooten
Early voting began at 7 a.m. Monday for the March 1 Texas Primary Elections and as of 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, 805 ballots had been cast—545 at the Polk County Judicial Center, 203 at the Onalaska Sub-Courthouse and 57 at the Sechrest Webster Community Center in Corrigan.
Early voting will continue to be available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. this week and next at all three locations—the Polk County Judicial Center, the Onalaska Sub-Courthouse and the Sechrest Webster Community Center in Corrigan.
However, all locations will be closed on Feb. 21, the federal holiday in which Presidents Day is observed.
The Polk County Judicial Center is located at 101 W. Mill St. in Livingston. The Onalaska Sub-courthouse is located at 14111 U.S. Hwy. 190 West in Onalaska. The Sechrest Webster Community Center is located at 100 W. Front St. in Corrigan.
With Polk County having been redistricted into the 8th Congressional District, voters will elect someone for U.S. representative.
Statewide races on the ballot includbe governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, comptroller of public accounts, land commissioner, agriculture commissioner and railroad commissioner.
Judicial races on the ballot include those of Justice for Places 3, 5 and 9 on the Texas Supreme Court, Justice for Places 2, 5 and 6 on the Court of Criminal Appeals and Justice for Place 2 on the 9th Court of Appeals.
Voters will also elect a state representative for District 3, a state senator for District 9 and a member of the State Board of Education for District 8.
Locally, the following seats will be on the ballot:
258th Judicial District Judge Travis E. Kitchens Jr. who has filed for reelection. William Lee Hon has also filed for this position.
Criminal District Attorney William Lee Hon. Hon is not seeking reelection as criminal district attorney. Shelly Sitton, Tommy Coleman and Julie Mayes Hamrick have filed for the position.
District Clerk Bobbye Christopher who has filed for reelection.
County Clerk Schelana Myers Hock who has filed for reelection.
County Judge Sydney Brown Murphy who has filed for reelection.
County Treasurer Terri L. Williams who has filed for reelection. Louis Ploth Jr. has also filed for this position.
Precinct 2 Commissioner Ronnie Vincent who has filed for reelection. Mark Dubose has also filed for this position.
Precinct 4 Commissioner Tommy Overstreet who is retiring and not seeking reelection. Justin Cude, Jerry Cassity and Jason Richardson have filed for the position.
County Court at Law Judge Tom Brown who has filed for reelection.
Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Darrell G. Longino who is retiring and not seeking reelection. Terri Lynne Mayer and John Cabiness have filed for the position.
Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Sarah Rasberry who has filed for reelection.
Precinct 3 Justice of Peace Robert “Dooley” Johnson who has filed for reelection.
Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Jaime Richardson who has filed for reelection.
Fred Grube is seeking reelection as Republican County Chairman.
Ann Turney is seeking election to Democratic County Chairman