Local elections set for Nov. 3


The ballots are ready for numerous elections in Austin County on Nov. 3.

With several cities, school boards, and other public entities postponing their spring elections to November due to the coronavirus pandemic, the ballots will be long ones for many Austin County voters. In addition to state and federal offices and numerous judgeships, the City of Sealy, City of Wallis, Sealy ISD, Bellville ISD, Bellville Hospital District, and Austin County Emergency Services Districts No. 1 and 2 will all have spots on the ballot.

In one of the more unusual races will be the three-way contest for Precinct 3 constable. All three candidates are write-ins. The incumbent, Ronnie Griffin, had to resign to run for sheriff. He lost that race to Jack Brandes and is now seeking his old position back. Challenging Griffin are Tobey Baggerly and Robert Campbell. Neither of them will have their name on the ballot.

Locally, the high-profile contest is for Sealy mayor. Former mayor Nick Tirey and former county judge Carolyn Bilski are vying for the post being vacated by Janice Whitehead, who is moving out of the city.

Election dates

The last day to register to vote is Monday, Oct. 5. Early voting begins Tuesday, Oct. 13, and ends Friday, Oct. 30. Election Day is Nov. 3 and polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

On the ballots

The following is a list of races that will be on the various ballots Nov. 3:

President/Vice President

Donald J. Trump/Michael R. Pence (R)

Joseph R. Biden/Kamala D. Harris (D)

Jo Jorgensen/Jeremy “Spike” Cohen (L)

Howie Hawkins/Angela Walker (G)

U.S. Senator

John Cornyn (R)

Mary “MJ” Hegar (D)

Kerry Douglas McKennon (L)

David B. Collins (G)

U.S. Representative, District 10

Michael McCaul (R)

Mike Segal (D)

Roy Eriksen (L)

Railroad Commissioner

James “Jim” Wright (R)

Chrysta Castaneda (D)

Matt Sterett (L)

Katija “Kat” Gruene (G)

Chief Justice, Supreme Court

Nathan Hecht (R)

Amy Clark Meachum (D)

Mark Ash (L)

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6

Jane Bland (R)

Kathy Cheng (D)

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 7

Jeff Boyd (R)

Staci Williams (D)

William Bryan Strange III (L)

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 8

Brett Busby (R)

Gisela D. Triana (D)

Tom Oxford (L)

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 3

Bert Richardson (R)

Elizabeth Davis Frizell (D)

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 4

Kevin Patrick Yeary (R)

Tina Clinton (D)

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 9

David Newell (R)

Brandon Birmingham (D)

Member, State Board of Education, District 10

Tom Maynard (R)

Marsha Burnett-Webster (D)

Trip Seibold (L)

State Senator, District 18

Lois W. Kolkhorst (R)

Michael Antalan (D)

State Representative, District 13

Ben Leman (R)

Chief Justice, 14th Court of Appeals

Tracy Elizabeth Christopher (R)

Jane Robinson (D)

Justice, 1st Court of Appeals, Place 3

Russell Lloyd (R)

Veronica Rivas-Molloy (D)

Justice, 1st Court of Appeals, Place 5

Terry Adams (R)

Amparo Monique Guerra (D)

Justice, 14th Court of Appeals, Place 7

Ken Wise (R)

Tamika “Tami” Craft (D)

Austin County


Jack Brandes (R)

Tax Assessor-Collector

Kim Rinn (R)

Commissioner, Precinct 1

Mark Lamp

Commissioner, Precinct 3

Leroy Cerny (R)

Commissioner, Precinct 4

Chip Reed (R)

Constable, Precinct 1

Lance Johnson (R)

Constable, Precinct 2

Dave Schulz (R)

Constable, Precinct 3

Ronnie Griffin (write-in)

Tobey Baggerly (write-in)

Robert Campbell (write-in)

Constable, Precinct 4

James Clark

Sealy Mayor

Carolyn Bilski

Nick Tirey

City of Wallis

Vote up to three of the following:

Clark main Jr.

David Trevino

James King

Daniel Martinez

Belinda S. Halfin

Sealy ISD Board of Trustees

Place 2

Katy Grigar

Place 3

Jay Aguado

Ralph Bond

Bellville ISD Board of Trustees

Position 1

Jared Lischka

Position 2

Wade McGee

Sarah E. Buenger

Bellville Hospital District Proposition

Approving the ad valorem tax rate of $0.09999 per $100 valuation in Bellville Hospital District for the current year, a rate that is $0.04653 higher per $100 valuation than the voter-approved tax rate of Bellville Hospital District for the purpose of maintenance and operation of Bellville Hospital District. Last year the ad valorem tax rate in Bellville Hospital District was $0.05218 per $100 valuation.



Austin County Emergency Services District No. 1

Proposition: Ad valorem tax rate. To Authorize in Austin County Emergency Services District No. 1 a maximum ad valorem tax rate of ten cents on each $100 of taxable value of property.



Austin County Emergency Services District No. 2

Proposition: The adoption of a local sales and use tax in the Austin County Emergency Services District No. 1 at a rate not to exceed 1.5 percent in any location in the district.




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