Candidates vying for voters’ attention
Uvalde County voters have one more opportunity to cast a ballot in the general election set Tuesday, Nov. 6, when the Uvalde County judge’s seat will be decided in addition to U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative for District 23, and Texas Governor.
At the close of early voting on Friday, the Uvalde County Election Office had processed 4,703 personal appearance ballots. On Thursday, 718 ballots by mail out of 979 requested had been returned. The early voting period ended Friday at 7 p.m.
On Tuesday, registered voters who want to vote must do so at their home polling site. While voters need a photo identification card, such as a state-issued ID or driver’s license, or other acceptable form of ID to vote, voter registration cards contain useful information such as the voter’s precinct number. The precinct number indicates the voter’s polling site and is found to the left of the voter’s mailing address.
Residents in Precinct 1 should vote at the Willie De Leon Civic Center, 300 E. Main St. in Uvalde.
Precinct 2: Sabinal Public Library, 305 N. Center St. in Sabinal.
Precinct 3: Utopia Senior Center, 22542 Rural Road 187 in Utopia.
Precinct 4: Concan Community Building, Highway 127 in Concan.
Precinct 5: Herby Ham Activity Center, 248 Farm to Market Road 347 in Uvalde.
Precinct 6: Montell Community Building, Highway 55 North in Montell.
Precinct 7: Uvalde County Road Department, 2967 N. U.S. Highway 83 in Uvalde.
Precinct 8: Benson Campus, 601 Dean St. in Uvalde.
Precinct 9: Uvalde County Nutrition Center, 420 W. Nopal St. in Uvalde.
Precinct 10: New Testament Fellowship, 220 S. Crisp St. in Uvalde.
Precinct 11: Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 250 S. Farm-to-Market Road 1049 in Knippa
Precinct 12: Trinity Fellowship Church, 804 N. Fourth St. in Uvalde.
Precinct 13: Community Health Development Inc., 908 S. Evans St. in Uvalde.
Precinct 14: Heard School, Farm-to-Market Road 1051 in Reagan Wells
“If you are voting election day, know beforehand where your polling place is,” said Melissa Jones, Uvalde County election administrator. “If you don’t know where to vote, you can look it up on votetexas.gov or by calling our office. The polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at all locations.”
Early voting dates and totals include: Monday, Oct. 22, 781 voters; Tuesday, Oct. 23, 640; Wednesday, Oct. 24, 446; Thursday, Oct. 25, 449; Friday, Oct. 26, 481; Saturday, Oct. 27, 269; Monday, Oct. 29, 241; Tuesday, Oct. 30, 252; Wednesday, Oct. 31, 250; Thursday, Nov. 1, 327; and Friday, Nov. 2, 567.
Uvalde County voters will have the opportunity to choose a Democrat or Republican for Uvalde County judge. Incumbent Bill Mitchell is on the ballot as a Democrat while challenger Don Laffere is running as a Republican.
Residents of Uvalde County voting precincts 6, 7, 8, 9 and 14 may choose a new Uvalde County Commissioner for Precinct 4. Incumbent commissioner Raul Flores was bested in the March primary by Ronald “Ronnie” Garza.
Garza, the Democrat Party’s candidate, is facing Republican Party candidate Pete Conrad for the position.
Residents of Uvalde County voting precincts 1, 5 and 12 may choose between incumbent judge Steven T. Kennedy, a Republican, and challenger Mona Esquivel Southward, a Democrat, for Justice of the Peace for Precinct 1.
Residents of Uvalde County voting precincts 3 and 4 may choose between incumbent Judge Bill Schaefer, a Democrat, and challenger Ernie Moore, a Republican, for Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3.
Residents of county voting Pct. 3 may also select up to four candidates for the Utopia Independent School District board of trustees. Candidates include, in order of appearance on the ballot, Steve Darden, Betty Boyce, Tanya Cox, Shirley Dibbens and Amanda McBeth.
For U.S. Senator, incumbent Ted Cruz, a Republican, is facing Democrat Beto O’Rourke of El Paso, who serves as U.S. Rep. for District 16, and Libertarian Neal M. Dikeman.
For U.S. Rep. for District 23, incumbent Will Hurd, a Republican, is facing Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones, a U.S. Air Force veteran, and Libertarian Ruben Corvalan.
For Texas Governor, incumbent Greg Abbott, a Republican, is facing former Dallas County Sheriff and Democrat Lupe Valdez, and Libertarian Mark Jay Tippets.
For lieutenant governor, incumbent Republican Dan Patrick is facing challengers Mike Collier, a Democrat, and Kerry Douglas McKennon, a Libertarian.
Other races on the ballot include attorney general, comptroller; commissioners of land, agriculture, and railroad; places 2, 4, and 6 on the state supreme court; presiding judge and places 7 and 8 of the court of criminal appeals; and places 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 on the Fourth Court of Appeals. To review candidates for those races, please see the sample ballots in the Sunday, Oct. 21, edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.
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