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Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 10:16 pm, Tue Sep 4, 2012.

After months of waiting, voters will head to the polls Tuesday for the Texas primary. And many races will be decided by the primary.

The race for state senator and U.S. representative will be decided with candidates only on the Republican side of the ballot. In Ector County, tax assessor-collector, county attorney, constable and sheriff will all be decided between a field of Republican only candidates.

The race for sheriff, with incumbent Sheriff Mark Donaldson and challenger Joe Commander has been heated as has the race for tax assessor-collector with incumbent Barbara Horn facing former employee Michelle Baughman.

The race for county attorney, however, has been particularly heated with incumbent Cindy Weir-Nutter facing Scott Layh. Lively debate and a war of words on Facebook have given voters a lot of information on the race.

Polls in Ector County will open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and will close at 7  p.m. During early voting, records from the Ector County Election office stated as of Friday, the last day of early voting, 6,252 people voted in the Republican primary and 581 people voted in the Democratic primary.

The turnout of voters in early voting for 2012 easily surpassed early voting numbers in 2008, at least on the Republican ticket, Ector County Elections Administrator Mitzi Scheible said. Back then, 4,784 people voted in the Republican primary and 2,384 people voted in the Democratic primary, Scheible said.


Republican Primary Election Sample Ballot


Ron Paul

Rick Santorum

Jon Huntsman

Michele Bachmann

Newt Gingrich

Charles “Buddy” Roemer

John Davis

Mitt Romney


United States Senator

Ben Gambibi

Joe Agris

Tom Leppert

Ted Cruz

Glen Addison

David Dewhurst

Lela Pittenger

Curt Cleaver

Craig James

United States Representative

Mike Conaway

Chris Younts

Wade Brown

Railroad Commissioner

Becky Berger

Joe Cotton

Roland Sledge

Christi Craddick

Warren Chisum

Beryl Burgess

Railroad Commissioner Unexpired Term

Greg Parker

Al Lee

Barry Smitherman

Elizabeth Murray-Kolb

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 2

Steve Smith

Don Willet

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 4

David Medina

Joe Pool Jr.

John Devine

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6

Nathan Hecht

Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals

Sharon Keller

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 7

Barbara Parker Hervey

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8

Elsa Alcala

Member, State Board of Education, District 1

Carlos “Charlie” Garza

State Senator, District 31

Kel Seliger

Randy Rives

State Representative, District 81

Tryon D. Lewis

Chief Justice, 11th Court of Appeals District

Jim R. Wright

Justice, 11th Court of Appeals District, Place 2, Unexpired Term

Eric Kalenak

Mike Willson

District Judge, 161st Judicial District

John W. Smith

District Judge, 244th Judicial District, Unexpired Term

James Rush

District Attorney, 70th Judicial District

R.N. (Bobby) Bland

County Attorney

Scott Layh

Cindy Weir-Nutter


Joe Commander

Mark Donaldson

County Tax Assessor-Collector

Barbara Horn

Michelle Baughman

County Chairman

Tisha Crow

County Commissioner, Precinct No. 1 (Precinct 1 voting only)

Freddie Gardner

Constable, Precinct No. 1 (Precinct 1 voting only)

Carl W. Watters

R.E. Bobby Riggs

Steven P. Brennan

County Commissioner, Precinct No. 3 (Precinct 3 voting only)

Dale Childers

Constable, Precinct No. 3 (Precinct 3 voting only)

Dean Johnston

Democrat Primary Election Sample Ballot


John Wolfe

Barack Obama

Darcy G. Richardson

Bob Ely

United States Senator

Grady Yarbrough

Addie Dainell Allen

Sean Hubbard

Paul Sadler

United States Representative, District 11

Jim Riley

Railroad Commissioner

Dale Henry

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6

Michele Petty

Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals

Keith Hampton

Member, State Board of Education, District 1

Sergio Mora

Andres Muro

Martha M. Dominguez

County Chairman

Isidro Gonzales

Bobbie Duncan

Daniel Richard Ryan III

County Commissioner, Precinct No. 3 (Precinct 3 voting only)

Steve Tercero

Ernest Salgado

Note: Ballot propositions are also on the ballot and are non-binding.


101: Murry Fly Elementary, 11688 W. Westview Drive.

102, 103, 104: Kellus Turner Communication Building, 2261 W. Sycamore St.

106, 107, 111: Sherwood Community Building, 4900 E. 49th St.

109: Goldsmith Communication Building, 310 E. Ave. H, Goldsmith.

108, 110: Jordan Elementary, 9400 Rainbow Drive.

201, 209: LBJ Elementary School, 6401 Amber Drive.

202, 203: Nimitz Junior High School, 4900 Maple Ave.

204, 205, 208: First Church of Nazarene, 223 Lyndale Ave.

206: Life Unlimited Church, 4224 N. East Loop 338.

207: Gardendale Community Building, 4226 E. Larkspur Lane, Gardendale.

301, 311: Pease Elementary School, 1800 W. 22nd St.

302, 303: Bowie Junior High School. 500 W. 21st St.

304, 305: ECISD-Annex Building, 802 N. Sam Houston Ave.   

306, 307, 308: Faith Tabernacle Church, 1420 E. 42nd St.

309, 312: Bonham Junior High School, 2201 E. 21st St.

401, 408, 412: Northside Senior Center, 1225 N. Adams Ave.

402: Rose of Sharon Baptist Church, 1615 E. Murphy St.

403, 405: Salinas Community Building, 600 W. Clements St.

404: Pleasant Farms Community Building, 4455 W. Apple St.

406, 407: Cameron Elementary School, 2401 W. Eighth St.

409: Getsemani Church, 8431 S. Highway 385.

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