Early voting starts Tuesday for the November 6 General Election, that features a race for Henderson County Sheriff and other local choices.
The close presidential race between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney is likely to bring out a large turnout, but the 2008 figure of 58.18 percent will be hard to top. Early voters were in the majority in 2008, numbering 15,968 of the 29,993 ballots cast.
Races on the ballot include, U.S. House of Representatives District 5 where the Democrats have lined Linda Mrosko of Mabank to meet incumbent Republican Jeb Hensarling. Republican Sheriff Ray Nutt seeks a second term and is challenged by former Justice of the Peace Bill Burton.
Longtime incumbent Tax Assessor Collector Milburn Chaney is running as the Republican candidate for the first time. He faces Democrat Bryan Barker, who was unopposed in the primary. Precinct 1 County Commissioner is a matchup between Scotty Thomas, who won a Republican runoff in July and Pct. 1 employee Democrat David McGlaun.
In the Precinct 5 Constable’s race incumbent Republican Brad Miers and Democrat Rick Simmons are on the ballot.
Henderson County Elections Administrator Denise Hernandez said judging by the number of mail in ballot requests, interest in the election seems high. Early votes can be cast through November 2 at the following locations
• Seven Points City Hall , 428 E. Cedar Creek Pkwy, Seven Points, 8 a.m to 4 p.m.
• Chandler Community Center, 811 Hwy 31 East, Chandler, 8 am – 5 p.m.
• Henderson Co. Election Center, 201 E. Larkin St., Athens, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Voters will also have two weekend opportunities to cast ballots at the Henderson County Election Center. Those are;
• Saturday, October 27, 2012, 8:00 am–5:00 p.m.
• Sunday, October 28, 2012, 1:00 pm – 5:00 p.m.
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The students have spoken, Brownsboro ISD considering adding a soccer program.
Superintendent Dr. Chris Moran is scheduled to updated the school board on the progress of the program during the meeting on Monday, March 17.
A by-precinct breakdown of Henderson County’s vote on Tuesday shows pockets of support for candidates who came up short in the vote totals.
The 27 boxes in the county delivered 9,908 votes, of which more than half, 5,219, were cast during early balloting. There were 8,869 in the more hotly-contested Republican races and 1,039 Democratic votes.
Missing no more
The Henderson County Sheriff’s Department reports the recovery of a boat and a tractor among the $40,000 in stolen property located over the past week.
A true country caterer
It’s not every restaurant that you visit, that while you are eating, you are watching the RFD-TV channel known as “Rural America’s Most Important Network.” The huge wall screen keeps eyes going back and forth from where they are cutting their pork chops, to current information about the profit that can be realized from soy-bean growth on that day.
CASA receives $5,000 from Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric believes in supporting non-profit organizations in the communities where they work and live.
Recently, Steve Ramsey, Location Manager, from Schneider Electric presented a check to CASA’s Resource Development Officer Elvis Allen, as a sponsor of CASA’s annual 5K Race and fundraiser for the upcoming 2014 event.
Athens Triathlon this weekend
The Athens Triathlon returns for the 29th time on Saturday with hundreds of contestants competing in the three legs of the annual challenge.
The registration deadline has been extended to Friday. The fee for individuals is $80 and $160 for teams. Contestants will get a distinctive Tek T T-shirt. Online registration is available at www.active.com. The events starts at 9 a.m., Saturday.
Texas Independence Week proclamation
Athens Mayor Jerry Don Vaught presents a proclamation from the City declaring March 2 through March 8 as Texas Independence Week. Vaught is joined by Sons of the Republic of Texas James George Chapter President Clayton Starr and SRT member Dr. Charles Luna.
Slippin’ & sliding
A strange mix of thunder, sleet, freezing rain and snow played havoc with drivers in Henderson County on Sunday.
Henderson County Sheriff’s Office reports show the dispatchers received a flurry of calls after the county was placed under a severe weather alert at 3:16 p.m. Over the next four hours, the switchboard took 22 calls concerning wrecks, and many others involving motorists stranded on the slush and ice.
Runoff elections set for May
The campaign trail got a little longer for candidates whose tightly-contested Primary elections ended in runoffs.
Henderson County voters in both parties will head back to the polls on May 27. Local Republican runoffs include County Commissioner Precinct 4, with Kelly Harris and incumbent Ken Geeslin.
Several incumbents lose in KC
Tuesday night was a bad night for incumbents in Kaufman County. The unofficial election results are reporting runoff elections in three county races.
The 4-way race in Kaufman County for Judge of the 86th Judicial District will advance to a runoff election in May. The four candidates entered the race after longtime Judge Howard Tygrett announced he would not seek reelection.
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