Early voting for the March 3 Republican and Democratic primary elections will continue through Friday. As of the close of voting on Feb. 24, 427 ballots had been cast in Brewster County out of 7,201 registered voters.

Election Administrator Lora Nussbaum announced late last week that remote early voting will be available on Friday, Feb. 28 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the locations below. All precincts can still vote early at the Val Clark Beard Office Complex in Alpine.

-       Pct. 3 – Marathon Community Center, Second and Avenue E, Marathon

-       Pcts. 5, 6-7 – Red Pattillo Community Center, Highway 118, Study Butte/Terlingua

-       Pct. 8 – Sul Ross State University library, Alpine

On election day, voters must cast their ballots in the precinct in which they are registered as listed below. All locations will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on March 3.

-       Pct. 1 – Brewster County offices, 2209 West Highway 90, Alpine

-       Pct. 2 – Judge Val Clark Beard Office Complex, 203 North 7th Street, Alpine

-       Pct. 3 – Marathon Community Center, Second and Avenue E, Marathon

-       Pct. 4 – Alpine Civic Center, Council Chambers, 803 West Holland Avenue, Alpine

-       Pct. 5 – Panther Junction Community Room, Big Bend National Park

-       Pcts. 6-7 – Red Pattillo Community Center, Highway 118, Study Butte/Terlingua

-       Pct. 8 – Alpine Neighborhood Center, 607 West Gallego Avenue, Alpine

Candidates

At the federal level, in perhaps the most hotly contested race of local interest, nine Republicans and five Democrats are vying for the U.S. Representative, Dist. 23, seat being vacated by Will Hurd, who chose not to run for a fourth term.

At the state level, two Republicans and three Democrats are seeking their party’s nomination to replace Texas Rep., Dist. 74, Poncho Nevarez who announced that he would not seek reelection in 2020, a decision ultimately connected to his arrest for cocaine possession in November 2019.

Also at the state level, Fort Stockton attorney Ori Tucker White stepped up to oppose incumbent Sandy Wilson for 83rd District Attorney on the Republican ballot. With no Democratic candidates, and barring write-ins, the winner will take the seat in November.

County positions on the ballot will see Republican and former Brewster County deputy Devon Portillo challenging Democratic incumbent Ronny Dodson for the county sheriff position. Both are running unopposed in their respective parties.

Democrat Sylvia Vega is running unopposed on both sides for the tax assessor-collector seat being vacated by a retiring Betty Jo Rooney.

Commissioner seats in Pcts. 1 and 3 are both up for grabs on Nov. 3. In Pct. 1, Republican incumbent Betse Esparza chose not to seek reelection, and Alpine businessman Jim Westermann stepped in to try. On the Democratic side, Jerry Johnson and Johnny Milan are facing off in the primary for the right to challenge Westermann in November.

Democratic incumbent Pct. 3 Commissioner Ruben Ortega will run alone on the Democratic ballot, and no Republican came forward to run for the position.

For county Constable, Pct. 1, Republican incumbent Henry Ogletree will retire at the end of his term, and only Republican Nick Harrison chose to run for that seat.

Propositions

Both parties are also offering a number of propositions that voters can weigh in on. Ballot propositions are an opinion poll of primary voters, and not a policy referendum. Voters are not choosing to make a law, but rather saying they agree or disagree with a statement.

At the polls

At the polls, voters must show a valid photo ID. To see acceptable forms of voter ID, visit votetexas.gov and click on Identification Requirements for Voting.

Voters may view official sample ballots at the elections office annex now located in the Val Clark Beard Complex, or online at brewstercountytx.com. Click on Elections Information, then on Official Sample Ballot for either Democratic or Republican.

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