Runoff election early voting to again be held at Center Community House

Shelby County Sheriff's Race tops local runoff ballots

Early voting for the Shelby County July 14 runoff elections will be held at the Center Community House on San Augustine Street just as it was during the March primary elections, according to Jennifer Fountain, Shelby County Clerk.

She said that has been made possible through the cooperation of Center city officials City Manager Chad Nehring and Tommy Hughes.

Early voting days and times:

  • Monday, June 29-Thursday, July 2, 8-4:30.

  • We will be closed Friday, July 3rd, for the holiday weekend.

  • Monday, July 6-Friday, July 10, 8-4:30

If someone is disabled, over 65, or out of town during the scheduled dates, they can call us at 936-598-6361 and request a ballot by mail, she said.

  “Of course, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, if anyone that does not meet voting by mail criteria above but has an underlying health issue and feels unsafe to come inside the polling place to vote, we are more than happy to offer curbside voting, which means we will bring the ballot out to your car for you,” Fountain said.

The runoff election was originally scheduled to be held in May but was delayed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott after the coronavirus pandemic hit the state of Texas.

Runoffs happen whenever a single candidate doesn't cross the 50 percent threshold in the March primary. Several races are in a runoff.

In Shelby County there are three local races on the Republican July 14 runoff ballot. Topping the slate is a county-wide race for sheriff

In the five-way race for Shelby County Sheriff in the March GOP Primary elecetion, there will be a runoff between Kevin W. Windham with 1,651 votes, or 30.31 percent of the total, and Newton Johnson Jr., with 1,175 votes or 21.57 percent of the total.

Since none of the five candidates received a majority of the vote Windham and Johnson will square off in the July 14 runoff.

Rounding out the voting in the sheriff's race were Tanner Peace, 1,012 votes (18.58%); Joey Hudnall, 829 votes (15.22 %); and Derek Barbee 780 votes (14.32%).

Windham is chief deputy with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office and has been with the department since May 2014.

Johnson is a former Shelby County Sheriff who said he has been a certified Texas Peace Officer for 46 years and serves as an assistant constable in Shelby County Pct. 3.

For the Pct. 3 Shelby County Commissioners seat there is a runoff between Stevie Smith and David Cheatwood. The two topped a three candidate field in the March Republican Primary with no candidate receiving a majority of the vote.

Smith had 687 votes (45.87 percent) to Cheatwood's 638 votes (40.74 percent. The third candidate the Pct. 3 commissioners race was Willis Blackwell with 241 vote (15.39 percent).

In the five-way March GOP primary race for Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace there will be a runoff between front runner Melba Rodgers with 438 votes (42.2%) to second place finisher Darrell Alford with 298 votes, or 28.71 percent of the total.

Rounding out voting for Pct. 3 JP were Sean Permenter, 222 votes (21.39%); Don Jones with 64 votes (6.17%); and Billy Barrett with 16 votes (1.54%).

Voters participating in the Democratic primary will decide the outcome in two statewide races. Most notably, state Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, is facing decorated Air Force veteran MJ Hegar in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate seat.

Whoever wins will go on to face U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, in the fall. The other statewide Democratic primary runoff is for a seat on the Texas Railroad Commission, a regulatory agency that oversees the oil and natural gas industry.

Important dates in the 2020 election cycle:

Runoffs happen whenever a single candidate doesn't cross the 50% threshold in the March primary. Several races are in a runoff.

  • June 29: In person early voting in the primary runoff begins. Keep in mind that voters can only participate in one party's primary each year. If you voted in the Democratic primary in March, for example, you can't vote in the Republican primary runoff in May.

  • July 10: Early voting in the primary runoff ends.

  • July 14: This is primary runoff election day, your last chance to have a say in whom the Republicans or Democrats nominate in any races that went to a runoff. Make sure to show up at your local precinct, unless your county is participating in countywide voting. You can find this out by checking your county's website.

  • Oct. 5: This is your last day to register to vote for the general election. Check out this page for more information about voter registration in Texas.

  • Oct. 19: Early voting starts in Texas. You can check your county's website for information about polling locations.

  • Oct. 23: This is your last day to request a ballot to vote by mail for the primary. In order to vote by mail, you have to meet certain conditions. Learn more here.

  • Oct. 30: Early voting ends.

  • Nov. 3: If you didn't vote early, you get your chance on Election Day. Make sure to show up at your local precinct, unless your county is participating in countywide voting. Again, you can find this out by checking your county's website.

  • Sample ballots for the July 14th runoff should be attached for your information. On the bottom of each ballot it shows the precincts that ballot will cover.  

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