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With the last day to register to vote in the upcoming March primaries fast approaching, the candidates appear to be set and ready to face off in what is shaping up to be a tumultuous election season. 

The final day to register to vote in the primaries is Feb. 3. 

The first day of early voting for the primaries is Feb. 18, the first business day after President’s Day. The last day for early voting is Feb. 28. The final day to apply for a ballot by mail is Feb. 21. It must be received, not postmarked. Election Day for the primaries is March 3. 

Real estate broker R.J. Boatman is challenging U.S. Representative for District 36 incumbent Brian Babin. Boatman says he is a former police chief and public education leader. He also claims to be 100% pro-life, 100% pro-Second Amendment and supports President Donald J. Trump. 

Rashad Lewis of Jasper is running in the Democratic primary alone for the District 36 seat. 

For the U.S. Senator’s primary race, incumbent Sen. John Cornyn is running against four Republican challengers. They are software developer Virgil Bierschwale of Junction, Dallas attorney John Anthony Castro, business owner Dwayne Stovall, and Mark Yancey of Dallas, who works with Attacca International. 

There is not much shortage of Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senator spot, with 12 total vying for the right to be on the November ballot. 

The Democrats running in the primary for the U.S. Senator seat are attorney Chris Bell, Beaumont’s Michael Cooper, attorney Amanda K. Edwards, Baytown teacher Jack Daniel Foster Jr., Houston lawyer Annie “Mama” Garcia, military cyber operations professional Victor Hugo Harris, Round Rock’s Mary “M.J.” Hegar, Pasadena’s Sema Hernandez, Amarillo’s D. R. Hunter, Flower Mound’s Adrian Ocegueda, Austin’s Christian Tzintzun Ramirez, and Royce West, an attorney in Dallas. 

On the Republican side of the Texas House District 128 race, incumbent Briscoe Cain of Deer Park is being challenged by Baytown Councilman Robert Hoskins, who filed Nov. 22 to run. Two Democrats are fighting for the right to face the Republican challenger for the seat in November. They are Josh Markle of Deer Park, who describes himself as an interpreter coordinator, and Mary E. Williams of Baytown, a crossing guard.  

There are many challengers in the Democratic primary for Pct. 3 Constable. Incumbent Pct. 3 Constable Sherman Eagleton is being challenged by the retired Ken Jones, who was the precinct’s constable for many years. Then, Jones is followed by Deputy Sheriffs Deborah Florus, former Pct. 3 candidate Michel (Poppy) Pappillion, police officer John Jay “J.P.” Portillo, and Deputy Eric Reed. 

In the Texas House District 23 race, the incumbent Mayes Middleton is not facing a Republican challenger in the primaries, but might be facing Democrat Jeff Antonelli, a Galveston restaurant owner, in November. Antonelli is also the lone candidate in the primaries for his party, hoping to win the District 23 seat.  

In Chambers County, incumbent Sheriff Brian Hawthorne is facing for the first time two Republican challengers in the primary race. His opponents are Wesley King Jr.  and Bert Whittington, III. 

Chambers County District Attorney Cheryl Swope Lieck is alone in the Republican primaries for her seat as is incumbent County Attorney Scott R. Peal. Denise Hutter is also the single Republican candidate for Chambers County tax assessor-collector in the primaries.  

In the Chambers County commissioner’s race, in Pct. 1, Jimmy Gore is running alone in the Republican primaries. The Pct. 3 Commissioner’s race has four candidates, including incumbent Gary Nelson. The other three are former Barbers Hill ISD board member Jef Farrell of Mont Belvieu, Tommy Hammond of Baytown, and Ricky Shelton, the energy manager for Barbers Hill ISD. 

Republican District 4 State Senator Brandon Creighton does not have a challenger in the Republican primaries, as do Democrats Mary Ann Perez of District 144, District 6 State Senator Carol Alvarado, and District 29 U.S. Representative Sylvia Garcia.  

For a complete rundown of candidates, visit https://www.sos.state.tx.us.

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