Texas Early Voting Primaries are underway

The Chamber staff exercised its civic duty by hitting the polls on Monday to cast their ballots for the 2018 primary election.

Through the first six days of early voting in Bexar County, 16,643 voters have cast a ballot in the Democratic primary and 12,654 have cast a ballot in the Republican primary. With only one day left of early voting and the primary election next Tuesday, March 6, 2018 we urge you to hit the polls. Civic engagement and participation in the political process is vital to our community’s success.

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. Candidates elected in the 2018 election will dictate the legislation proposed and passed at all levels of government.

A race gearing up to make waves is the U.S. Senatorial race. Senator Ted Cruz is facing four Republicans in his bid for re-election, and on the Democratic, Congressman Beto O’Rourke, (D-TX) is the most familiar face of the three fighting for a chance to challenge the Republican candidate in the November general election.

The most predominant race at the state level for the San Antonio business community will be to Texas House District 121 that will replace Speaker of the House Joe Straus, who announced his retirement after serving in the Texas House of Representatives since 2005 and Speaker of the House since 2009. There are seven candidates currently in the running, six of which are in the Republican primary.

Joe Straus is not the only Bexar County elected official retiring. 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, we have 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.

Additionally, the Democratic ballot will have 12 measures for consideration, which they are calling the “Texas Bill of Rights”. Republican primary voters will see 11 ballot propositions, including 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.  If you are interested in a rundown of who is on the March 6 Texas primary ballots, our friends over at the Texas Tribune have put together a list of candidates for you to view.

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, and business development, just to name a few.

There are nearly 40 locations across Bexar County where you can cast your vote. Visit the Bexar County Election website for information and locations.

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