WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Early voting in Texas officially began Tuesday, February 18, ahead of the primaries scheduled for March 3. You can find sample ballots at the bottom of this article.
Below, you’ll find the locations and hours for early voting in Wichita County:
With a democratic presidential nominee, multiple state propositions, U.S congresspersons and local government eyeing the final November ballot, Texomans will have several decisions to make as they head to the polls.
For democrats in Texoma, the first and foremost decision is that of a presidential nominee to represent the party against incumbent republican president Donald Trump.
Though not as crowded as it once was, ten people are still vying for the Democratic National Convention’s official nomination:
- Bernie Sanders
- Joe Biden
- Elizabeth Warren
- Pete Buttigieg
- Amy Klobuchar
- Michael Bloomberg
- Tulsi Gabbard
- “Rocky” De La Fuenta
- Tom Steyer
- Robby Wells
With many experts calling the traditionally “red” state of Texas “purple” after former Democratic Senate hopeful Beto O’Rourke’s 2018 campaign, candidates have been making Texas a top priority.
Currently, Sanders is leading in the polls and has nearly doubled his support in less than three months, according to the Texas Tribune Poll.
Both Democrats and Republicans have plenty of decisions to make beyond just the presidential race, from propositions to state and federal congresspersons.
One of the races grabbing everyones attention in Wichita County is the race for Mac Thornberry’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing district 13.
Republicans and Democrats alike are vying for the seat. Below are brief descriptions of the candidates running who submitted information to the League of Women Voters:
- Jason Foglesong (Republican) – Foglesong is not a politician, and he wants everyone to know it. He’s a teacher and a common citizen of common means. Foglesong says, “it’s time for people like you and me to take our government back from lobbyists, unions, special interests and millionaires.”
- Timothy Gassaway (Democrat) – Gassaway’s background is in customer service, and he claims that “as a Congressman, it is my job to be a voice and to serve my constituents.” With a history serving on boards, he believes his leadership skills and experience problem solving will help him be a great representative.
- Lee Harvey (Republican) – Harvey’s background in business lead him to assume the role of County Commissioner. His background in the petroleum industry saw him negotiate with major oil companies, like Exxon/Mobil and Chevron. His conservative and responsible fiscal history are what he believes will make him a great representative.
- Elaine Hays (Republican) – Hays is a small business owner, community leader, and a second term Amarillo City Councilwoman. After earning her masters from West Texas A&M in Finance and Economics, she has worked as a private wealth manager and co-authored two financial books. Hays also has served as a Republican precinct chair and a delegate to the state convention.
- Richard Herman (Republican) – Herman was raised and currently resides in the 13th district. He brings 35 years experience leading teams, managing budgets, and getting the job done. Herman has served as a judge and said he’s kept all the promises he made on the campaign trail. He brings a unique understanding of the demographic working needs of North Texas, and said he will serve the people in our district well and represent them well.
- Diane Knowlton (Republican) – Knowlton is a fifth generation resident of Clay County. The current Henrietta attorney has experience working in Washington, D.C. Her understanding of how government works, her legal training, and her understanding of the Constitution are what she believes will make her a great member of the House.
- Matt McArthur (Republican) – McArthur has a background in business management in the oilfield. He’s overseen large numbers of people and millions of dollars of materials, and has served as a police officer. McArthur said, “the purpose of Congress is to write and pass laws”, and that he’s the only candidate in this race with actual experience enforcing laws.
- Mark Neese (Republican) – Neese comes from an Air Force family. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army by participating in ROTC in college. Neese has a background in education, serving as a teacher, counselor, assistant principal, and principal, and believes both rural and urban areas are greatly improved as education is made a priority.
- Greg Sagan (Democrat) – Sagan served in the United States Navy and is a veteran of the Vietnam War. He’s also served as a U.S. Navy delegate to SEATO. He’s consulted on human performance to nuclear utilities, and has worked as a consultant on leadership, teamwork and corporate culture to major companies, such as New York Life, Bell Atlantic, Showtime Networks and more.
- Gus Trujillo (Democrat) – A lifelong resident of Amarillo, Trujillo served as a congressional intern for Representative Mac Thornberry in Washington, D.C. His experience researching policy and legislation, attending committee hearings and briefings, preparing reports and legislative staff gives him the experience to fill Mac’s seat.
- Josh Winegarner (Republican) – Winegarner was born and raised in District 13, and has worked with for the Texas Cattle Feeders Association to defend and protect farmers and ranchers. According to Winegarner, he’s a family man of deep Christian faith who plans to stand by President Trump.
- Monique Worthy (Republican) – Worthy said she feels a need to bring regular, everyday people into a decision making positions. Worthy stands for those who just want to live their lives without interference from the government or those in government who think they know more. Worthy said the founding fathers weren’t all politically elite, and that as such, she has the perfect background to be qualified.
We have provided a sample ballot for both the Republican and Democratic primary elections, posted below:
The Wichita Falls League of Women Voters has assembled a “nonpartisan voters guide” in conjunction with the Texas League of Women Voters with detailed breakdowns of each candidate in each race facing Wichita County this election cycle.
This is not an exhaustive list, with 18 candidates at last check. Those candidates who submitted a response to the WFLWV are listed in the voters guide, as well as the full profiles of each candidate above.
You can download that guide in its entirety here:
The WFLWV also recommends using the free website Vote411.org. Simply enter your address and your political party affiliation, and you’ll have access to all the information on these and other important races.