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Wilson vs McNair Round 2

Early voting begins Monday in runoffs

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After wrapping another round of voting just last week, area voters will head back to the polls next week as early voting for the Tuesday, May 24 runoff elections begins. Democrats and Republicans will vote to determine their party’s candidates in several key races. Early voting will run from Monday, May 16 – to Friday, May 20, from 7 am – 7 pm.

Making waves locally is the revote for Liberty County Commissioner Pct. 4 between incumbent Leon Wilson and former county judge Craig McNair. Last month, the new election was ordered by visiting Judge Michael Mayes to coincide with the Republican Party runoff.

McNair filed a lawsuit seeking to toss out the election due to irregularities on the voter rolls in that race; after losing the initial contest by five votes to Wilson during the March 1 Primary, the two candidates will face off again.

That decision was based on some 22 voters that were determined to have cast ballots in precinct 4 while they did not reside in that area. Most of the individuals are believed to have had addresses that straddled the lines after redistricting this past October.

Also on the Republican ballot are three races on the state level that include Attorney General between incumbent Ken Paxton and challenger George P. Bush.

“I understand voters may be feeling a bit of voting fatigue, but we need all Republicans to get back out to vote in the runoff election. We have two important statewide elections to decide - Attorney General and Railroad Commission - and our local election for Precinct 4 County Commissioner. These are critical positions, and I hope all will intentionally make time to research candidates and vote!” said Liberty County Republican Party Chair Emily Cook.

On the Democratic ballot, voters will decide candidates in four races, including the second-highest position in Texas, lieutenant governor.

“We have some very important races on the May 24th Democratic Primary Runoff ballot. Democrats are selecting nominees for Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Land Commissioner, and Comptroller. I encourage all Democrats to return to the polls and vote in the runoff, and if you are a Democrat who did not vote in the March 1st primary election, I likewise encourage you to get educated on the candidates and vote in the Democratic Party runoff election,” said Liberty County Party Chair Michael Mark.

Voters may cast a ballot at any of the following locations:

Jack Hartel Building: 318 San Jacinto St. Liberty, TX 77575

Hardin City Hall: 142 CO RD 2010 Liberty, TX 77575

Dayton Community Center: 801 S. Cleveland St. Dayton, TX 77535

Cleveland Civic Center: 210 Peach St, Cleveland, TX 77327

For more information on the upcoming May 24 Runoff Election, visit the Office of Elections website at votelibertycounty. com or call them at 936-253-8050.