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Today is Election Day

The Primary Election run-off is today, Tuesday, May 24. 

The run-off was made necessary when no one candidate received more than 50 percent of the votes in the Republican Primary for Young County sheriff on March 1. 

Travis Babcock received the most votes for sheriff — 1,115, which was 27.8 percent — and Billy Jay Hutchens received 1,082 votes, 27.06 percent.  Voters will choose between the two in the run-off election on Tuesday. 

The other political races on the ballot will be for state and U.S. offices. 

For the U.S. House of Representatives District 19, Jodey Arrington and Glen Robertson will have a run-off.

Also on the Republican Primary Run-off ballot will be:

Court of Criminal Appeals: Place 2 — Mary Lou Keel and Ray Wheless; and Place 3 — Scott Walker and Brent Webster.

Railroad Commission: Gary Gates and Wayne Christian.

There were no Democrats running for local offices, and the only run-off for state Democratic candidates is for Railroad Commission: Grady Yarbrough and Cody Garrett.

Locally, several races were either uncontested or had clear-cut winners in the March 1 primary. However, potential candidates have until Aug. 26 to file to run as a write-in candidate, so those results are not final.

In the March primary for County Commissioner, Precinct 1, incumbent Mike Sipes won, and for Constable in Precinct 3 incumbent Freddie Page won. That election also featured several uncontested local races; the winners in those races were:

* Tax Assessor-Collector — Nancy Thomas

* County Commissioner, Precinct 3 — Stacey Rogers

* Constable, Precinct 1 — Tommy Martin

* County Attorney — Christopher Baran

* District Attorney, 90th Judicial District — Dee Peavy

* District Judge, 90th Judicial District — Stephen Bristow

* County Republican Chairman — Kyle Milam

In the run-off election, those voters who voted in the March 1 primary must vote in the same political party. In other words, if you voted in the Republican Primary on March 1, and you want to vote in the run-off, you must vote on the Republican ballot again. The same goes for the Democrats. If you voted in the Democratic Primary on March 1, and you want to vote in the run-off, you must vote on the Democratic ballot again.

However, if you did not vote in the March 1 primary, you may vote in either the Republican or Democratic Primary Run-off on May 24.

Polling locations are:

- North Central Texas College Auditorium, 928 Cherry St. in Graham

- Newcastle City Hall, 608 Broadway in Newcastle

- Loving Volunteer Fire Department, 8891 Highway 114 in Loving

- First United Methodist Church, McCree Hall Gym, 700 Third St. in Graham

- Olney Community Library, 807 W. Hamilton in Olney

The Graham Leader

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