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Early Voting Happening Now in Texas Runoff Elections
Thursday, May 19, 2016 7:00 AM

Early voting has begun for the runoff elections in Texas’ Congressional, Senate, and House races. Early voting runs through May 20, and the official runoff Election Day is May 24.

Information about the elections can be found on county election websites or at the Secretary of State’s elections website here. Candidates will be decided in two Congressional seats, two Senate seats, and ten House seats.

"Credit union members have the opportunity to impact federal and state legislation by turning out in these elections," said Cornerstone Credit Union League President Dick Ensweiler.

Mayor of Lubbock Glen Robertson and Jodey Arrington, former chief of staff to the chairman of the FDIC, want to be the Republican nominee to replace Randy Neugebauer in the district that includes Abilene and Lubbock. Political consultant Lori Bartley and former Galena Park municipal judge Regino "Reggie" Gonzales want to face Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee in the Houston area. 

In South Texas, Rubén Hinojosa is retiring from Congress, and competition is fierce to take his seat. The Democratic candidates are Juan "Sonny" Palacios Jr., a school board member in Edinburg, and attorney Vicente Gonzalez. The Republican candidates are Ruben Villarreal, a former mayor, businessman, and rancher from the southern end of the district, and minister Tim Westley from northeast San Antonio.

The sprawling Senate district that runs from Abilene to Killeen to Bandera is seeing a hotly contested race between Rep. Susan King and Dr. Dawn Buckingham. Former House members Bryan Hughes and David Simpson are battling to be the Republican nominee to replace Sen. Kevin Eltife in northeast Texas.

Incumbent House member Wayne Smith from the Baytown area will face attorney Briscoe Cain, and Rep. Ron Reynolds will face attorney Angelique Bartholomew for a Houston westside seat. John Otto is retiring from the district that runs from Huntsville to Liberty east of Houston and businessman/rancher Ernest Bailes IV and attorney Keith Strahan are running for that seat. Former Houston city councilman Jarvis Johnson and social worker Kimberly Willis are the Democrats running for an open seat in central Houston.

Incumbent Doug Miller from New Braunfels faces challenger Kyle Biedermann, a hardware store owner from Fredericksburg. Businessman Jay Misenheimer of Lindale and Cole Hefner, an insurance agent from Mt. Pleasant, are running to replace current Rep. Bryan Hughes. Republicans Austin Ruiz, an optometrist, and homebuilder Scott Cosper face each other in the district that includes Lampasas and Killeen. Both of the Democrats running in the northeast San Antonio district, Barbara Gervin Hawkins and Mario Salas, are educators.

Veterinarian Lynn Stucky and insurance broker Read King are the Republican candidates running to replace Myra Crownover of Denton. Frisco City Councilman John Keating and Rockwall area realtor Justin Holland are the Republican candidates facing off to replace Scott Turner in Collin County.

For more information, please contact Texas Credit Union Association President Jeff Huffman at 469-385-6488 or