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Early voting polls open
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TRINITY – Early voting in the Nov. 2 General Election will kickoff Monday, Oct. 18, in Trinity, Groveton and Apple Springs. The polls will be open weekdays and on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Early voting will be underway at the Trinity City Hall’s council room and at t6he Groveton Volunteer Fire Department’s meeting room through Friday, Oct. 29. Polls at the Apple Spring Volunteer Fire Station will be open through Saturday, Oct. 23. The last day to apply for a mail ballot is Tuesday, Oct. 26. Mail ballots may be obtained from Trinity County Clerk Diane McCrory, P.O. Box 456, Groveton, Texas 75845. For information, call (936) 642-1208. During the Nov. 2 election, there will be a number of contested local, state and national positions for voters to select. On the local front, for the first time in recent memory, the Republican Party is fielding a candidate for a county-wide office. Frank R. Cowan is facing the Democratic Party’s nominee, Doug Page, for the Trinity County judge’s post. Incumbent Judge Mark Evans did not seek re-election this year. The Republican Party also has two candidates seeking precinct offices locally. In the race for the Precinct 2 county commissioner’s seat, Republican Richard E. Chamberlin is facing Democrat and former commissioner Bill Burton. Incumbent Pct. 2 Commissioner Jannette Hortman was defeated by Burton in the March primary elections. In Precinct 4 justice of the peace race in northern Trinity County, Republican Kenneth N. Holland is challenging the Democratic Party’s candidate, incumbent Sam Blair. All other county and precinct offices on the general election ballot feature only the incumbent Democratic Party candidates. They include Sheriff Ralph Montemayor, District Clerk Cheryl Lynn Cartwright, County Clerk Diane McCrory, County Treasurer Jo Bitner-Bartee, Pct. 4 Commissioner Jimmy Wayne Brown, Pct. 1 JP Randy Barrett, Pct. 2 JP Bernie Beard and Pct. 3 JP Bobby Nicholds. Among the regional offices on this year’s ballot include the District 5 state senate seat in which Democrat Stephen M. Wyman is challenging incumbent Republican Steve Ogden. In addition, incumbent District 12 State Representative Jim McReynolds (D-Lufkin), is being challenged by Woodville teacher James White, the Republican nominee. Other races include the District 6 and 8 U.S. Representative seats. District 6 covers most of Trinity County while District 8 covers a portion of the southern end of the county, including Trinity and the Lake Livingston subdivisions. In District 6, Democrat David E. Cozad and Libertarian Byron Severns are challenging incumbent Republican Joe Barton. The District 8 race includes incumbent Republican Kevin Brady and challengers Democrat Kent Hargett and Libertarian Bruce West. Among the statewide offices on the ballot is that of governor, with incumbent Republican Rick Perry being challenged by Democrat Bill White, Libertarian Kathie Glass and Green Party nominee Deb Shafto.