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May 25, 2012

Primary voting Tuesday

Athens — Ready, set, vote.

The polls open Tuesday at 7 a.m. in the Democratic and Republican Primaries. Henderson County candidates run the gamut from first-timers to long-time incumbents.

Some county voters will be traveling to new polling places for this round of balloting, after the much-debated redistricting process.

Early voting slowed a bit in the final week, according to Election Administrator Denise Herandez’s office. There were 277 early voters on Wednesday, down from more than 400 on opening day. May 14.

The Democrats have lined up three U.S. House District 5 candidates to face unopposed Republican opponent Jeb Hensarling. Trying to earn a spot on the November ballot are, Tom Berry of Dallas and two Henderson County residents, Linda Mrosko of Mabank and Patricia Wallace of Baxter.

Berry ran unsuccessfully against Hensarling in 2010. Mrosko is president of the Henderson County Democratic women. Wallace, 76, earned her spot on the ballot by gathering signatures supporting her candidacy, rather than paying the filing fee.

Henderson County voters will have a say in whether Republican Lance Gooden returns for a second term as Representative of the 4th District in the Texas House.  His primary opponent is Stuart Spitzer, a surgeon from the Athens area.

A portion of western Henderson County now falls into the 10th Texas House served by Republican Jim Pitts.

Pitts has primary opposition in Melton Mathew, Linda Bounds and T.J. Fabby.

The county has a hard-fought contest in the usually-quiet Tax Assessor/Collector race. Longtime incumbent Milburn Chaney is running in the Republican Primary for the first time, with opposition from one of his assistants, Anita Smith. The winner there will face Bryan Barker in the fall.

Precinct 1 County Commissioner Joe Hall is retiring, and four Republicans have lined up for the job. Ken Hayes , O.B. Skip Smith, Scotty Thomas and Ron Welch are the names have filed. The Democrat in the race, David McLaun, will get a walkover to November.

For Commissioner Precinct 3, the incumbent Ronny Lawrence has a challenge from Billy Van Voast.

This is the year for constable races in the county, and Precinct 1 has an interesting Democratic matchup between incumbent Daryl Graham and Trinity Valley Community College Police Chief Dorothy Houston.

Republican contested constable elections are set in:

• Precinct 2, with incumbent Norman Terry, challenged by Rodney Henderson;

• Precinct 3, with incumbent David Grubbs, Rick Carver and James Lehman filed; and

• Precinct 5, where Brad Miers seeks another term against challenger Eric Lee Adair.

 

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