Six Weeks To Get It Right

Football season has almost finished. Baseball won’t start until April. Deer season is over. That can mean only one thing in Texas. It’s Election Season. Candidates will barrage voters with handshakes, baby kisses and toothy smiles while citizens attempt to absorb and process enough platforms to build a deck on the Transportation Center.

Three elections and two dates add to the confusion that surrounds Texas elections. Marion County lags behind the rest of the state and our neighbors with 4.5 percent unemployment. Voters should pay close attention to who is seeking office and what they hope to do.

On March 3, we have the Republican and Democratic Party primaries. Candidates for county, state and national offices will be chosen by their parties to run in the November General Election. On top of these elections, we have races for Jefferson mayor, city council and Jefferson ISD Board of Trustees. Filing began last week.

The election will be May 2. In the Republican Primary, the lone contested local race comes for constable Pct 1. between Ed Baird and Michael Williams. State Rep. Chris Paddie is opposed in the GOP Primary by Mark Williams.

There are also contested races for judicial positions and railroad commissioner. Unopposed in the Republican Primary are David Capps for sheriff, J.R. Ashley for commissioner Pct. 1, Ralph Meisenheimer for commissioner Pct. 3, Angela Smoak for district attorney, Jeff Greer for Pct. 2 constable, Alan Biddy for Pct. 2 justice of the peace, and Scott Stebbins for Marion County Republican County chairman.

In the Democratic Primary with its fiercely contested Presidential primary, David Quada is running for sheriff, Karen Jones for Tax Assessor/Collector, Corey Watson for Pct. 3 commissioner and Tashia Wilson for Pct. 2 constable. Although the filing period for the May 2 elections has just begun, at least one contested race has emerged for the Ward 2 seat on the city council.

It will be difficult to keep up without a program. That is where the Jimplecute comes in. We are committed to providing you the information you need to make informed election decisions in 2020. Our coverage will include the Primaries, the General Election and the Municipal Election.

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