Early voting in the March 3 primary gets under way Tuesday and with a slew of local races along with important state and national contests on the ballot, it behooves all registered voters to make their wishes known.
At the top of the primary ballot is the race for president, which on the Republican side includes President Donald J. Trump and seven challengers. The Democratic ticket features 17 candidates seeking the nod to contest for the highest office in the land.
The Republican primary for U.S. senate includes incumbent John Cornyn and seven opponents, while the Democratic race has an even dozen candidates to choose from. The contest for U.S. House of Representatives District 23 is another free-for-all with nine Republicans seeking the office being vacated by Will Hurd. On the Democratic ballot, five candidates have tossed their hats into the ring.
Closer to home, three Democrats are vying for the nomination to take on state Senate District 19 incumbent Pete Flores, a Republican from Pleasanton. He has no primary challengers. State Rep. Tracy King, a Democrat from Uvalde, has drawn a single challenger in Danny Valdez of Laredo. The Republicans did not mount a contestant in the District 80 election.
The hottest contest in Uvalde County is the race for the sheriff’s office, which is being vacated by Charlie Mendeke after three terms, or 12 years. Contestants in the Republican primary include Fabian Villasana, Otto Arnim and Ruben Nolasco. Democratic office seekers are Armando Garcia and Miguel “Mike” Hernandez.
The countywide race for tax assessor/collector features Democrats Sylvia Flores Uriegas and Margarita “Maggie” Del Toro vying for a go in next fall’s General Election against incumbent Rita Cordova Verstuyft.
There are many other state and county races on the ballot, including those for county commissioner and constable, so take a look at them on our website at uvaldeleadernews.com or drop by the office across from the courthouse to obtain a paper copy to study. But whatever you do, please find your way to the voting booth during the convenience of early voting and failing that, cast your vote on March 3.
Voting is the most fundamental pillar of our democratic tradition. Shirking that obligation is tantamount to saying you don’t care enough to participate and what may be even worse, allowing others to make decisions for you.