Primary voting begins Tuesday

by | Feb 27, 2020 | Uncategorized

Voters head to the polls Tuesday, March 3, to cast their ballots in the Republican and Democratic presidential pri­mary elections.

Ballots for each party prima­ry also include races to deter­mine nominees for U.S. Sen­ate, U.S. Representative seats, statewide offices and for a handful of county level offices.

Early voting opened Feb. 18 and closes Friday, Feb. 28. On election day, Farmersville residents can cast ballots from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at City Hall 205 S. Main St., Blue Ridge ISD Administration 318 W. School St. or any voting center in Collin County.

At the top of ballots are can­didates seeking presidential nominations and each party has an ample number of hope­fuls.

In the GOP Primary, Presi­dent Donald Trump faces six opponents: Roque “Rocky” Guerra, Zoltan G. Istvan, Mat­thew Matern, Bob Ely, Joe Walsh and Bill Weld.

Seeking the Democratic nomination for president, as listed on ballots, are Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg, Pete Buttigeig, Rocque “Rocky” de la Fuente, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Deval Patrick, Ber­nie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Tulsi Gabbard, John K. Del­aney, Marianne Williamson, Cory Booker, Robby Wells, Julian Castro, Michael Bennet, Tom Steyer and Andrew Yang.

A good number of presiden­tial candidates, such as Demo­crats Harris, Gabbard, William­son, Booker, Castro and Yang, have dropped out of the race but their names still appear on pri­mary ballots.

Incumbent U.S. Sen. John Cornyn faces three challeng­ers in the Republican Primary, Mark Yancey, Dwayne Stovall and Virgil Bierschwale. On the Democratic side, the seven hopefuls running for the U.S. Senate nomination are Chris Bell, Jack Daniel Foster, Jr., Victor Hugo Harris, Sema Her­nandez, Adrian Ocegueda, Cris­tina Tzintzun Ramirez, Royce West and Amanda Edwards.

Depending on where some­one lives in Farmersville, they can cast votes for U.S. Repre­sentative of District 33 or 4.

For the District 4 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, Republican incumbent John Ratcliff is unopposed in the pri­mary and will face Democrat Russell Foster, also unopposed, in the General Election.

In state Representative Dis­trict 33, GOP incumbent Justin Holland does not have a pri­mary opponent and there is no Democrat seeking the office.

Moving down the ballot, incumbent Collin County Tax Assessor Ken Maun is chal­lenged by Scott Grigg in the Republican Primary. There is no Democratic candidate for the office.

A race developed at the filing deadline for County Commissioner, Precinct 3, when longtime Allen Mayor Steve Terrell challenged in­cumbent Darrell Hale for the Republican nomination. Hale was elected in 2018 to fill an unexpired term.

Incumbent county GOP can­didates running unopposed in the primary are Sheriff Jim Skinner and Constable Gary Edwards, Pct. 2.

Also on primary ballots are seats on the Texas Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Ap­peals, Railroad Commissioner and District Courts, and a num­ber of non-binding propositions.

On Republican Party ballots are nine propositions address­ing prayer in public schools, the right to own guns, taxpayer-funding lobbying, border se­curity, healthcare decisions for children under the age of 18, sex change procedures, pres­ervation of historical sites, ar­tifacts and buildings, purging voter rolls, bail set in criminal cases and term limits for state legislators.

Democratic Party ballots include 11 propositions deal­ing with universal health care, student debt, climate change, economic security for workers, discrimination, freedom from violence, affordable hous­ing, state election holiday, fair criminal justice system, immi­gration reform and equitable taxation.

For more stories like this, see the Feb. 27 issue or subscribe online.

Joe Reavis • [email protected]

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