EAST TEXAS - Just two days after the municipal elections, early voting gets underway today in the Texas primary elections. The final day to vote early is May 25; Election Day is May 29. The primaries determine November candidates for state, county, and national offices.
Of key interest in Smith County is the sheriff's election. Bobby Garmon, Chris Green, Larry Smith, and Donn Rust are on the GOP ballot; they're vying to succeed longtime Sheriff J.B. Smith, who is retiring. There are no Democratic candidates. In another Tyler-area race, District 6 Texas House incumbent Leo Berman faces a challenge from Matt Schaefer in the Republican primary.
In the District 7 GOP primary, incumbent David Simpson squares off against fellow Longview resident Tommy Merritt, who was defeated by Simpson in 2010. Both of those races also lack Democratic opposition.
For more information on the elections, you can go to http://www.sos.state.tx.us/ or contact your local election office.