Make sure to hit the polls and make your voice heard

Early voting is now underway, and will continue until Friday, March 2. Voting is your opportunity to exercise your civic duty, and it is important that we elect business-friendly candidates to ensure future growth and success for our city, state and country. The fate of our state and country is dependent on these midterm elections, and candidates elected in the 2018 election will dictate the legislation proposed and passed at all levels of government.

The United States Senate Race is at the top of the ballot his year, where U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is facing four Republicans in his bid for re-election. On the Democratic side, Congressman Beto O’Rourke, (D-TX) is the most familiar face of the three Democrats fighting for a chance to challenge Cruz in the November general election. At the State level, we have a six-person Republican primary and one-person Democratic primary vying to replace retiring Speaker of the House Joe Straus in Texas House District 121.

Joe Straus is not the only Bexar County elected official retiring is seat. Longstanding Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) also announced his retirement from Congressional District 21, setting up an 18-person Republican primary vying for a chance to be on the November ballot. With a very crowded Republican primary, each candidate has been looking for a way to standout in a race that has no clear front-runner. On the Democratic side, there are four candidates looking to challenge whomever that Republican candidate might be.

All Texas House of Representatives are up for re-election.  Senator Donna Campbell will be the only Bexar County Senator on the ballot.  Other local races on the ballot include federal judges, District Attorney, Commissioners and Clerks to name a few.  Click here to find out more about the candidates on the Texas Primary ballots.

Additionally, the Democratic ballot will have 12 measures for consideration, which have been dubbed the “Texas Bill of Rights.” Republican primary voters will see 11 ballot propositions, focusing on property taxes, funding for toll roads, and bathrooms, among several others policy concerns. Keep in mind that these are opinion polls for each party and not a policy referendum. To view the Texas Democratic Party ballot propositions, click here, and to view the Texas Republican Primary ballot propositions, click here.

The Chamber will be actively engaged in the process and will work to inform you of the candidates’ positions on issues most important to our business community, including transportation, education and workforce, tourism, business development, and more.

Your Chamber strongly encourages you to share this important information with your teams and urge them to hit the polls during early voting or on Election Day, March 6. Visit Bexar County’s Election website for voting and election information.

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