Area voters will begin casting ballots next week. Early voting starts Monday, Oct. 22 and continues through Friday, Nov. 2. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.
In addition to state and national races, area numerous local races will be decided.
Early voting will take place at the following main locations:
Elgin Public Library, 404 N. Main Street, Elgin;
Bastrop County Annex, 804 Pecan Street in Bastrop;
Smithville City Hall, 317 Main Street, Smithville;
Cedar Creek United Methodist Church, 5630 FM 535, Cedar Creek.
Early voting will also take place at the following branch locations:
Wyldwood Baptist Church, 398 Union Chapel Rd., Cedar Creek
Red Rock Community Center, 114 Red Rock Rd., Red Rock
Rosanky Baptist Church, 2160 FM 535, Rosanky
Celebration Community Church, 107 Longhorn St., Bastrop
Ed Rivers (D) will take on Paul Pape (R) in the race for Bastrop County Judge. The spot was left up for grabs when Judge Ronnie McDonald resigned to run for state representative. The seat is now being held by interim County Judge Jim Wither.
In Bastrop County Precinct 4, Gary “Bubba” Snowden (R) will run against Democrat Michael Flowers (D) for the County Commissioner spot left open by the death of longtime Commissioner Lee Dildy, The position has been held temporarily by his widow, Vivian Dildy.
In the race for Precinct 4 Constable, Ron Lundrigan (R) will face incumbent Roy Pruneda (D).
The McDade Independent School District will be holding a trustee election.
Jill Smith-Mott will be running against Roy Thomas for Trustee, Place 2. Jason Ledlie, Place 1; Mark Dube, Place 3 and Win Harbison, Place 5, are running unopposed for school board.
Citizens living in the Austin Community College taxing district will vote in the ACC Trustee election. There are two competitive races and one with an unopposed candidate.
In Place 7, Barbara P. Mink is running against Brigido (Brig) Mireles.
In Place 8, Betty Hwang is running unopposed.
In Place 9, Daniel J. (DC) Caldwell is running against Allan Kaplan.