As the nation has observed the outcome of the Democrat Party and Republican Party conventions in Florida and North Carolina, and well known faces such as Clint Eastwood and President Bill Clinton explained why their candidate is the right one to be President of the United States, races on the state and county level are still up for consideration.
Election day is scheduled for November 6, and early voting has been scheduled for October 22 - November 2.
“We’re going to have some extended days on early voting, because we’re holding the city election. For the city we have to be open for two days for 12 hours,” said Allison Harbison, Shelby County Clerk. “It will be Oct. 22 and Oct. 29, and then we are going to open on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 12:00 noon until 4 p.m.”
There are four candidates running for U.S. Senator in Texas and they include Ted Cruz, Republican; Paul Sadler, Democrat; John Jay Myers, Libertarian; and David B. Collins, Green.
For the U.S. Representative District 1 position Louie Gohmert, Republican; Shirley J. MKellar, Democrat; and Clark Patterson, Libertarian.
Railroad Commissioner has several candidates, and they include Christi Craddick, Republican; Dale Henry, Democrat; Vivekananda (Vik) Wall, Libertarian; and Chris Kennedy, Green.
There is also an unexpired term up for Railroad Commissioner and the candidates that are running for that position include Barry Smitherman, Republican; Jamie O. Perez, Libertarian; and Josh Wendel, Green.
There are several Supreme Court seats that are up for election. For Justice, Supreme Court, place 2 the candidates are Don Willett, Republican; and RS Roberto Koelsch, Libertarian.
Justice, Supreme Court, place 4 candidates include John Devine, Republican; Tom Oxford, Libertarian; and Charles E. Waterbury, Green.
Candidates for Justice, Supreme Court, place 6 include Nathan Hecht, Republican; Michele Petty, Democrat; Mark Ash, Libertarian; and Jin Chisholm, Green.
There are two candidates for the position of Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals and they are Sharon Keller, Republican; Keith Hampton, Democrat; and Lance Stott, Libertarian.
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, place 7 candidates include Barbara Parker Hervey, Republican; and Mark W. Bennett, Libertarian. For place 8 Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals the candidates include Elsa Alcala, Republican; and William Bryan Strange III, Libertarian.
For District 9 there is one position seeking election on the State Board of Education and the candidates are Thomas Ratcliff, Republican; and Sherri L. Little, Libertarian.
State Senator, District 3 Robert Nichols, Republican, is running uncontested, and State Representative, District 9 candidate Chris Paddie, Republican, is running uncontested.
Sam Griffith, Justice, 12th Court of Appeals District, place 3 is running uncontested.
District Judge candidates for the position of 123rd Judicial District include Charles “Brick” Dickerson, Republican; and Guy William Griffin, Democrat.
District Attorney candidates for 123rd Judicial District are Kenneth B. Florence, Republican; and Stephen Shires, Democrat.
Shelby County Sheriff Candidates include Willis Blackwell, Republican; and Newton Johnson Jr., Democrat.
Candidates for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1 (Unexpired Term) are Melissa Crouch, Republican; and Maxie Eaves, Democrat.
Constable, Precinct 3 candidates include Billy Hearnsberger, Republican; and Roy Cheatwood, Democrat.
There are two candidates running for Constable, Precinct 4 and they include Bryan Gray, Republican; and Fred W. Walker, Democrat.
City of Center
The City of Center is having an election for Council Member, District 2 and the candidates include Charlie Byndom Jr.; and Jerry G. Lathan.
The school board election for Center ISD has been called, and there is no election.
There will be some write-in candidates added to the ballot before the election, and one of them is Jamie Hagler who is running for the position of Precinct 2 Constable, currently unopposed. According to Allison Harbison, Shad Sparks is no longer eligible to run for the position because he voted in the Republican primary.
“Law prohibits him from being on the ballot since he voted in the Republican primary when he was running on the Democratic ticket,” said Harbison.
Other candidates that are running unopposed include: Gary Rholes, Republican, County Attorney; Pam Shofner, Republican, Tax Assessor - Collector; Roscoe McSwain, Republican, Commissioner, Precinct 1; Travis Rodgers, Republican, Commissioner, Precinct 3; Zack Warr, Democrat, Constable, Precinct 1; Stanley Burgay, Democrat, Constable, Precinct 5; Jime Forbes and Leigh Porterfield, City of Center Council members at large.