Early Voting Begins For Texas Primary Runoff Election

Major contests on the ballot include an open seat on the Texas Railroad Commission and the Democratic nomination in the Harris County Sheriff’s race.


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Monday marked the first day of early voting for the Texas primary runoff election.

The big statewide race on the runoff ballot is for a six-year term on the Texas Railroad Commission. That's the agency that regulates the state's oil and gas industry. On the Republican side, former state representative Wayne Christian is running against cattle rancher and businessman Gary Gates. The Democratic contest pits former print and TV journalist Cody Garrett against retired school teacher Grady Yarborough.

Republicans in Harris County have a party leadership contest to decide. Incumbent party chair Paul Simpson is fighting a challenge from attorney Rick Ramos.

Harris County Democrats will choose their candidate for sheriff. Former Houston city councilman Ed Gonzalez is facing off against Jerome Moore, a 16-year veteran of Harris County Constable's Office, Precinct 5. The winner will challenge the Republican incumbent, Sheriff Ron Hickman, in the fall.

And Democrats in north Houston will choose their candidate for Texas House District 139. That's the seat Sylvester Turner held before he resigned to become Houston's mayor. Jarvis Johnson won a special election to the seat earlier this month. His opponent in the runoff is Kimberly Willis, a social worker and former Turner staffer. No Republican is contesting District 139, so the winner of the Democratic runoff will represent the district in Austin come January.

Early voting for the Texas primary runoff lasts through this Friday. Election Day for the runoff is Tuesday, May 24.


Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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