Early voting begins for July 14 runoff elections

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Austin County voters have several items on the ballot for the runoff election slated for July 14. Early voting began June 29 and will run through July 10, with polls closed on weekends. Voters should check the Austin County Elections Department website at www.austincounty.com/page/austin.Elections for polling locations and hours of operation. Questions may be submitted to the elections office at votenow@austincounty.com.

Republicans have a short ballot this time around with only one race on the GOP ticket. Terry Adams is facing James Lobardino for a chance to run against Democratic nominee Amparo Monique Guerra for the First Court of Appeals.

The Democratic ticket is a bit longer with four political competitions to determine candidates for Congress, the state legislature, railroad commissioner and a judge’s position for the 14th Court of Appeals District, Place 7.

For the U.S. Senator position, MJ Hegar is facing Texas Sen. Royce West for a move up to a federal congressional seat in a race that will have the winner of the runoff facing incumbent John Cornyn (R – Austin).

For the House of Representatives, Pritesh Gandhi will face Mike Siegel in a runoff to determine who will face incumbent Michael McCaul (R – Austin) who has been in office since 2004.

The Railroad Commissioner race has Roberto R. “Beto” Alonzo facing Christa Castaneda. The Railroad Commission’s name is not indicative of its function which has shifted away from managing railways and is now primarily involved in regulating the energy markets and reserves for the state.

The final race on the Democratic ticket is the race between Cheri Thomas and Tamika “Tami” Craft for the party’s nomination to face the Republican incumbent, Ken Wise on 14th Court of Appeals District, Place 7.

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