Athens Review, Athens, Texas

October 22, 2012

Early voting starting

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens —

  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.