Davis, Belt headline local ballot in J.P. Pct. 2 race
Texans have been voting in record numbers across the state and Liberty County is no different as ballots are cast in key races.
According to the Liberty County Office of Elections, Administrator Klint Bush 9,080 had cast early ballots as of Wednesday morning.
“We are seeing a very high turnout for the midterm elections, and I encourage all registered voters in Liberty County to get out and cast a ballot,” said Bush.
Voters will have until 7 pm Friday to cast early ballots ahead of Tuesday, Nov. 8, when voters will vote their conscience and elect who they think is best for Texas.
This year voters will be able to cast ballots at any polling location in the county after polling centers were approved across the county during the last legislative session.
The big contest on the ballot is the Texas Governor’s race, with incumbent Republican Greg Abbott facing off against Democrat Beto O’Rourke, Libertarian Mark Tippets and Green Party candidate Delilah Barrios. Abbott hopes to claim a third term in office as O’Rourke hopes to see Democrats make inroads and take control of the Governor’s Mansion for the first time since 1994.
Liberty County Democratic Party Chairman Michael Mark believes this election is one of the most important in history.
“I am encouraging all Democrats to get out and vote. This is one of the most important mid-term elections in our nation's history. If Republicans take control of Congress, our democracy itself is at risk,” he said.
Other big races across the state include incumbent Republican Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick seeking another term with opposition from Democrat Mark Collier and Libertarian Shanna Steele. Voters will also decide on Attorney General and several judicial races.
Locally voters will help decide on three essential races in multicounty districts.
In the race for United States Congress District 36, Republican incumbent Brian Babin will square off against Democratic nominee Jon Haire. Republicans are hoping to take control of power in Washington, and this is an important contest for them to retain in pursuit of that goal.
The race for State Senator, District 3, will be between Republican incumbent Robert Nichols and Democrat Steve Russell. There was a Libertarian candidate; however, the campaign was suspended.
In the contest for State Board of Education, Position 7 Republican Julie Pickren, Democrat Dan Hochman and Libertarian Alan Pyeatt are vying for the open seat.
Only one local race will appear on the ballot in Liberty County, with 40-year incumbent Democrat Ronnie Davis facing off against longtime lawmen Jimmy Belt for Justice of the Peace Pct. 2. If Belt is successful in his bid to replace Davis, he will have defeated the final Democrat office holder in the county.
Liberty County Republican Party Chairwoman Emily Cook is hoping for just that outcome as conservatives continue their work locally and across Texas.
"The Democrats' playbook this cycle is clear: Keep down turnout in rural, solid red counties and increase turnout in the urban areas. Liberty County must do our part to help our Republican statewide candidates not only win, but to maintain a safe margin and show that Texas is not up for grabs by the liberals. Vote, and take a friend or two with you,” said Cook.
There are three school districts conducting elections, with Cleveland ISD asking voters to approve a $115 million bond for a new middle school and refurbishing the current Cleveland Middle School campus into a ninth and tenth-grade campus, as well as several other projects. CISD officials are hoping this measure will fare better than the last proposal for a new high school campus.
In Liberty, ISD school trustees are asking voters to approve the reallocation of funds that will allow for an additional estimated $ 1.9 million annually for the district. If approved, it would also decrease taxes over last year.
Tarkington ISD is holding school trustee elections with two incumbents seeking re-election and one opening for a new member. Position 1 will see incumbent Paige Bostwick take on Derral Shelton and Justin Morgan; in the race for Position 2, incumbent Donny Haltom will face challenger Susan Rollins, and finally, Position 3 will see Kevin Johnson, Brent Head and Chase Carpenter vying for the seat currently held by Kem Arnold.
Voters may also notice several races that do not appear on the ballot, as several candidates were elected via the Republican Party Primary earlier this year and do not have contested races.
“On your November ballot, most local candidates’ names will not be on the ballot for you to select. All but one local office is unopposed. Senate Bill 1 changed the election code to require that unopposed candidates be declared elected for the office sought,” said Bush.
For more information on the election, call the Office of Elections at 936-253-8050 or visit them online at votelibertycounty.com.
ELECTION DAY VOTING CENTER LOCATIONS
Cleveland Civic Center: 210 Peach St, Cleveland, TX 77327
Douglas School Gym: 900 Sam Wiley Drive, Cleveland, TX 77327
Hull Daisetta High School: 117 N Main St., Daisetta, TX 77533
Dayton Community Center: 801 S. Cleveland St., Dayton, TX 77535
Kenefick Southern Baptist Church: 3536 FM 1008, Dayton, TX 77535
Westlake VFD: 8704 FM 1409, Dayton, TX 77535
Devers School: 201 Chism St., Devers, Texas 77538
Hardin City Hall: 142 CO RD 2010, Liberty, TX 77575
Jack Hartel Building: 318 San Jacinto St., Liberty, TX 77575
PLUM GROVE/ COLONY RIDGE AREA
Plum Grove City Hall: 9485 Plum Grove Rd, Cleveland, TX 77327
Sante Fe Admin Building: 1680 RD 3549, Cleveland, TX 77327
Raywood, Sacred Heart Church, 3720 FM 160 North, Raywood, TX 77582
ROMAYOR/ RYE AREA
Romayor Baptist Church: 307 FM 2610, Cleveland, TX 77327
HI-Way Tabernacle: 108 CR 2250, Cleveland, TX 77327
Tarkington Prairie Baptist Church: 25 CR 306, Cleveland, TX 77327
United States Representative
Beto O’ Rourke
Rochelle Mercedes Garza
Comptroller of Public Accounts
Janet T. Dudding
V. Alonzo Echevarria-Garza
Commissioner of the General Land Office
Alfred Molison, Jr.
Commissioner of Agriculture
Jaime Andres Diez
Hunter Wayne Crow
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 3
Erin A. Nowell
Thomas Edward Oxford
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 5
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 9
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 5
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, 6
Jesse F. McClure III
Member, State Board of Education, District No. 7
State Senator, District No. 3
Justice of the Peace Pct. 2
UNOPPOSED CANDIDATES DECLARED ELECTED
Unopposed Candidates Declared Elected – State
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2 Mary Lou Keel Republican
State Representative District No. 18 Ernest Bailes Republican
District Judge 75th Judicial District Mark Morefield Republican
District Judge, 253rd Judicial District Chap Cain Republican
Unopposed Candidates Declared Elected – County
County Judge Jay Knight Republican
Judge, County Court at Law Tommy Chambers Republican
District Clerk Delia Sellers Republican
County Clerk Lee Haidusek Chambers Republican
County Treasurer Kim Harris Republican
County Surveyor John C. Johnny Moorman Republican
County Commissioner Precinct 2 Greg Aurthur Republican
County Commissioner Precinct 4 Leon Wilson Republican
Justice of the Peace, Precinct No. 1 Stephen Hebert Republican
Justice of the Pease, Precinct No. 3 Cody Parrish Republican
Justice of the Peace, Precinct No. 4 Larry Wilburn Republican
Justice of the Peace, Precinct No. 5 Wade Brown Republican
Justice of the Peace, Precinct No. 6 Ralph Fuller Republican