It is officially early voting season, and the Chamber strongly encourages you, your friends, family, and colleagues to get out and vote. Early voting continues every day from 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. this week until Friday, May 18. Election Day is Tuesday, May 22, and polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., but you must vote in your precinct.
Civic engagement and participation in the political process is important to our community’s success. It is vital that we elect business-minded candidates at the local, state, and federal levels who will help ensure that businesses are able to grow and create jobs. The San Antonio business community understands the integral role our elected officials play in ensuring Texas as well as the entire US maintains a business friendly environment and a thriving economy.
Nearly 156,000 Bexar County residents voted in the March primary election. While that is a large number, it only represents 14.6 % of registered voters in our county. More importantly, the low voter turnout will not be an accurate reflection of the will of the people. Each one of the candidates on the Primary Runoff Election ballot could have a direct impact on your paycheck, local neighborhood, employer or the business you own. We cannot allow voter apathy to threaten initiatives and allow campaigns to be decided by very few voters. We must elect candidates that understand the economic issues facing our region and do not propose or support legislation that distracts us from the real economic issues facing our region.
Over the past few weeks, the Chamber hosted candidate forums for key primary runoff races across Bexar County to help educate our members. It is important to educate yourself on the candidates in the Primary Runoff Election and to understand their positions on issues that are a top priority for the business community including, transportation, public education, workforce development, tourism, economic development incentive tools, healthcare and support for the military to name a few. Click here to see the Facebook Live videos of Texas House District 121 Republican Candidates, Congressional District 21 Republican Candidates, and Congressional District 21 Democratic Candidates.
For a list of all candidates on the ballot, checkout our friends over at Texas Tribune who have put together a list of candidates running all across the state.
If you are unsure of who represents you, click here and simply enter your address.
There are nearly 40 locations across Bexar County where you can cast your vote. Visit the Bexar County Election website for information and locations.