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From The News-Courier staff—
Knox County voters will gather at three places for Tuesday’s joint primary election with precincts 101 and 202 at the Knox City Community Center; 201 and 302 at the Wichita Brazos Museum in Benjamin; and 301 and 401 at the Perry Patton Community Center in Munday.
Friday was the last day for early voting at the Knox County Courthouse in Benjamin.
Republicans have choices to make in races for sheriff and the 50th District Judge posts. Sheriff Hunter Embesi, a former deputy who was appointed earlier in the year, will face off against Johnny Ivie for sheriff while current Knox County Attorney Lina Trevino and current 50th District Attorney Jennifer Habert will square off for judge.
Precinct 1 commissioner Johnny McCown will be unopposed as the Republican candidate while Ray Herring will be the Republican candidate for the Precinct 3 position, running against current commissioner Jimmy Urbanczyk, the Democrat party candidate, in the fall.
Mitzi Welch’s name is still on the ballot for tax assessor-collector, but she resigned after the filing deadline to become the chief appraiser for the Knox County Appraisal District and Penny Eaton was named as her replacement.
Both parties will also decide their choices for the District 13 U.S. House post where current Rep. Mac Thornberry has announced his retirement.
The Republican candidates are Catherine Carr, Jamie Culley, Chris Ekstrom, Jason Foglesong, Lee Harvey, Elaine Hays, Richard Herman, Ronny Jackson, Diane Knowlton, Matt McArthur, Mark Neese, Asusena Resendiz, Vance Snider II, Josh Winegarten and Monique Worthy.
Greg Sagan, who received 17 percent of the votes running against Thornberry in 2018, will be one of the Democratic candidates along with Timothy W. Gassaway and Gus Trujillo.
Republicans Sen. Charles Perry (District 13) and Rep. James Frank (District 69) are unopposed in their bids to return to Austin
There are 12 candidates running for the U.S. Senate in the Democratic primary: Chris Bell, Michael Cooper, Amanda K. Edwards, Jack Daniel Foster, Annie “Mama” Garcia, Victor Hugo Harris, Maryn ”MJ” Hegar, Sema Hernandez, D.R. Hunter, Adrian Ocegueda, Cristina Tzinztun Ramirez and Royce West.
Incumbent Sen. John Cornyn faces off against Mark Yancey, Dwayne Stovall, John Anthony Castro and Virgil Bierschwale in the Republican contest.
Party voters will also be able to give their opinions on separate lists of resolutions that will be considered at state meetings. The Knox Republican Precinct Convention will be held in the Benjamin, Knox City and Munday polling places at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday after the polls are closed.
Lou Vail, chairman of the Knox Republican party, announced that The Knox County Republican Convention will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 21 at the Knox County Aging Center.
“The purpose of the convention is to elect delegates to the State convention and to pass resolutions for consideration for the Texas Republican Platform,” she said. “All Republicans are welcome”.