Tuesday’s Democratic and Republican primaries on March 6 will have thousands make their way to the polls for a massive election cycle that could have a major impact not only in Washington, but also here on the home front; and with so many choices presented to voters, a small refresher course was in order.
More than a dozen candidates are competing for Ted Poe’s vacant District 2 seat, while incumbent Sheila Jackson Lee takes aim at her 13th term serving the House’s 18th District – which envelops many of our neighborhoods – in the U.S. House of Representatives. Greg Abbot will vie for a 2nd term as governor, while Dan Patrick and Ken Paxton also seek to keep their spots as Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General, respectively. There will also be more than 75 judicial spots up for grabs.
Jackson Lee will face Dr. Richard Johnson in the Democratic primary for the 18th Congressional District seat, which is profiled on today’s front page. Meanwhile, Republican Ava Pate faces no opposition in the party’s primary.
Down the road in District 2 – In one of the more crowded races – 14 candidates filed for the March 6 primaries. Jimmy Darnell Jones, Silky Malik, H.P. Parvizian, Ali Khorasani and Todd Litton will square off for the Democratic Party’s nomination in the 2018 primaries. David Balat, Daniel Crenshaw, Jonny Havens, Justin Lurie, state representative Kevin Roberts, Jon Spiers, Rick Walker, Kathaleen Wall and Malcolm Whittaker present voters a plethora of options on the Republican ticket.
Ted Cruz faces some game challengers in the 2018 Senator race. Stefano de Stefano, as well as Bruce Jacobsen, Geraldine Sam and Mary Miller have emerged as candidates attempting to unseat Cruz in the Republican primaries. Beto O’Rourke, Edward Kimbrough and Sema Hernandez will face off in the Democratic primaries.
Heading into the 2018 election cycle, sitting Governor Greg Abbot is seeking re-election for his second term in office after first being elected in 2014. From a Republican standpoint, Larry Kilgore and Barbara Kruger will aim to take the party’s nomination. In all, there are nine Democrats attempting an overhaul of the Governor’s seat; Lupe Valdez, Adrian Ocegueda, Andrew White, Tome Wakely, Jeffrey Payne, Joe Mumbach, Grady Yarbrough, James Jolly Clark and former Mayor Cedric Davis., Sr.
Sitting Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick will square off against former Rockwall City Council Member Scott Milder. On the Democratic side, Mike Collier, former founder and CFO of a major Texas oil company, will take on former church pastor and resident of the Southeast Texas Toyota Dealers Michael Cooper. Neither current sitting AG Ken Paxton, running for re-election after winning in 2014, nor Democratic challenger Justin Nelson will face an adversary come March 6.
Know where to go
The races detailed above represent the most high-profile clashes, but they are far from the only notable battles. Early voting ends this coming Friday, March 2 before election day Tuesday, March 6. To find a list of all Democratic and Republican polling locations, find your poll and ballot, or see a sample ballot for the respective primaries, or general information, readers can visit: harrisvotes.com
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