Early voting starts Oct. 24

Early voting starts Oct. 24

Voters in Jefferson County turned out prior to Early Voting with rallies held throughout the region for candidates vying for offices in hotly contested elections that culminate Nov. 8.

Monday, Oct. 17, Gilberto Hinojosa, a former Cameron County, Texas, judge and the current chair of the Texas Democratic Party, came to rally his party in advance of early voting, and Democrats will have another chance to mingle with and offer support to their candidates when Jefferson County sheriff candidate Zena Stephens welcomes guests to the Tasting for Zena fundraiser featuring saxophonist Dean James on Oct. 22 from 6-9 p.m. at the Cotton Creek Winery. 

Tickets are $30 and available at the Jefferson County Democratic Party office on Calder in Beaumont.

Tuesday, Oct. 18, the Republicans cheered on their candidate for sheriff, Ray Beck, as he debuted his TV commercials to a packed house at Courville’s. Those Republicans who missed out on the celebration will again have the occasion to support their candidates when the local GOP hosts Freedom Fest at Ford Park. Musical guests Lonestar and David Joel will be performing at the event, and there will be festival rides, food and beverages, as well as ample opportunities to meet and greet the candidates on the Nov. 8 ballot. Tickets start at just $5 and are available online at fordpark.com/event/freedom-fest.

Early voting in Jefferson County begins Oct. 24. For  more information, including hours and poll locations, see page 26A.

The contested races include sheriff, judge of County Court at Law No. 2, and judge for 136th District Court. In addition, Port Arthur voters will decide on charter amendments that would change the number of seats on the City Council and modify the referendum and recall wording, as well.

Voters in Orange County will mainly be taking to the polls for their input on state and federal race, as most elected offices in the county will be taken by lone contenders for office on the ballot. Incumbents Troy Johnson from Orange County Court at Law No. 2, County Attorney John Kimbrough, 128th District Judge Courtney Arkeen, 163rd District Court Judge Dennis Powell, and Sheriff Keith Merritt are unopposed, as are Precinct 1 Constable Chris Humble, County Commissioner Pct. 1 Johnny Trahan, County Commissioner Pct. 3 John Gothia, County Clerk Brandy Robertson, and Tax-Assessor/Collector Karen Fisher. Precinct 2 Constable David Cagle is also unopposed on the ballot, as is Precinct 3 Constable Mark Philpott and Precinct 4 Constable Jimmy Lane Mooney.

Early voting will be conducted from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Oct. 24-29 and Oct. 31 – Nov. 4, with the polls staying open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on each Tuesday (Oct. 25 and Nov. 1) during the early voting period. During early voting, voters can cast ballots at any posted early voting location that includes the Orange Public Library, 220 N 5th Street in Orange; the Bridge City Public Works Building, 220 Nitsche in Bridge City; the Mauriceville Volunteer Fire Department, 10691 N Hwy 62 in Mauriceville; and the Raymond Gould Community Center, 385 Claiborne in Vidor.