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Primary elections set for March 4
by Joe Baker
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KARNES COUNTY – Early voting for the upcoming Democratic and Republican primary elections began Tuesday, Feb. 18 and will continue through Feb. 28.

Election Day is Tuesday, March 4, and voting locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A total of 18 local candidates have filed for places on the ballot.

Barbara Najvar Shaw, 44, has filed for re-election to the office of Karnes County Judge in the Democratic primary election. Shaw currently holds the office of Karnes County Judge, is a resident of Karnes City, and has lived in Karnes County for 44 years and 1 month.

Walter R. Long, 77, has also filed for the office of Karnes County Judge in the Democratic primary election. Long is a retired attorney, a resident of Kenedy, and has lived in Karnes County for 52 years and five months.

Maurice A. Yarter, 68, has filed for the office of Karnes County Judge in the Republican primary election. Yarter is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, a resident of Kenedy, and has lived in Karnes County for four years and four months.

A. T. Pete Jauer, 73, has filed for re-election to the office of Precinct 2 Karnes County Commissioner in the Democratic primary election. Jauer, who currently holds the office of Precinct 2 Karnes County Commissioner, is a contractor, rancher and resident of Hobson. Jauer has lived in Karnes County for 33 years.

Jauer is the only candidate to file for Precinct 2 County Commissioner as a Democrat and no candidate has filed to run for this position as a Republican.

The situation is quite different for the office of Precinct 4 County Commissioner with one Republican and three Democrats filing for places on the primary ballots.

Brenda Hansler, 57, has filed for the office of Precinct 4 County Commissioner in the Republican primary election. Hansler is a salesperson, a resident of Runge, and has lived in Karnes County for one year and seven months and the same amount of time in Precinct 4.

Adrian Yanta, 61, has filed for the office of Precinct 4 County Commissioner in the Democratic primary election. Yanta is a water operator, a resident of Runge, and has lived in Karnes County for 61 years and 10 months and the same amount of time in Precinct 4.

David Reynolds, 71, has also filed for the office of Precinct 4 County Commissioner in the Democratic primary election. Reynolds lists “agri-business” under occupation, is a resident of Runge, and has lived in Karnes County for 48 years and six months and the same amount of time in Precinct 4.

Sharon Chesser, 49, has also filed for the office of Precinct 4 County Commissioner in the Democratic primary election. Chesser is administrative assistant for the Karnes County Sheriff’s Office, a resident of Kenedy, and has lived in Karnes County for 49 years and one month and the same amount of time in Precinct 4.

Carol Swize, 48, has filed for re-election to the office of Karnes County Clerk in the Democratic primary election. Swize currently holds the office of Karnes County Clerk, is a resident of Hobson, and has lived in Karnes County for nine years and six months.

Maggie Gonzales, 34, has also filed for the office of Karnes County Clerk in the Democratic primary election. Gonzales is the chief deputy clerk in Bee County, a resident of Kenedy, and has lived in Karnes County for 34 years and four months.

David Sotelo, 46, has filed for re-election to the office of Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace in the Democratic primary election. Sotelo currently holds the office of Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace, is a resident of Kenedy, and has lived in Karnes County for 46 years and seven months.

Delia “Daisy” Villanueva, 52, has filed for re-election to the office of Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace in the Democratic primary election. Villanueva currently holds the office of Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace, is a resident of Karnes City, and has lived in Karnes County for 52 years.

Kathy Stewart, 50, has filed for re-election to the office of Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace in the Democratic primary election. Stewart currently holds the office of Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace, is a resident of Kenedy, and has lived in Karnes County for 50 years and eight months.

Caroline Korzekwa, 47, has filed for re-election to the office of Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace in the Democratic primary election. Korzekwa currently holds the office of Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace, is a resident of Falls City, and has lived in Karnes County for 24 years and three months.

Vi Malone, 52, has filed for re-election to the office of County Treasurer in the Democratic primary election. Malone currently holds the office of County Treasurer, is a resident of Falls City, and has lived in Karnes County for 20 years.

Denise Rodriguez, 41, has filed for re-election to the office of Karnes County District Clerk in the Democratic primary election . Rodriguez currently holds the office of Karnes County District Clerk, is a resident of Karnes City, and has lived in Karnes County for 41 years.

Mari Mitchell, 36, has filed for the office of Karnes County Democratic County Chair in the Democratic primary election . Mitchell is a real estate broker, a resident of Karnes City, and has lived in Karnes County for three years and four months.

Rita K. Jordan, 59, has filed for the office of Karnes County Republican County Chair in the Republican primary election . Jordan is a certified public accountant, a resident of Helena, and has lived in Karnes County for 34 years.

Several other candidates have filed for offices of local interest.

Tim Kleinschmidt has filed as a Republican for re-election to the office of State Representative District 17. Kleinschmidt currently holds the office of State Representative District 17.

Carolyn Banks has filed as a Democrat for the office of State Representative District 17. Banks is a resident of Bastrop.

Carrie Moy has filed as a Democrat for the office of District Judge, 218th Judicial District. Moy is a resident of Stockdale.

Trent Rowell has filed as a Democrat for the office of District Judge, 218th Judicial District. Rowell is a resident of Stockdale.

Sylvia Rodriguez has filed as a Democrat for the office of District Judge, 218th Judicial District. Rodriguez is a resident of Pearsall.

Russell Wilson has filed as a Republican for the office of District Judge, 218th Judicial District.

Donna Rayes has filed as a Democrat for re-election to the office of District Judge, 81st Judicial District. Rayes is a a resident of Pleasanton.

Political parties hold a primary election in March of even numbered years. Currently, only two parties hold primaries – the Republican Party and the Democrat Party.

Primaries are for the political parties to nominate candidates to be on the fall ballot. Texas has open primaries, meaning a voter can cast a ballot in either party’s primary, regardless of whether the voter has voted in that party’s primary before.

Candidates must receive more than 50 percent of the vote to be nominated. If no candidate gets more than 50 percent, there will be a runoff on May 27.

Once a voter has voted in a party primary, the voter can vote in that party’s runoffs, if there are any. If the voter skips the primary, he or she can vote in either runoff. But voters cannot cross over in the runoffs; if a voter votes in the Republican primary, the voter can’t vote in the Democratic runoff and vice versa. How and whether a voter votes in a primary and runoff has no bearing on the voter’s vote in the fall general election.

Polling places information for the elections as follows:

Pct. 1 – St. Cornelius Catholic Church CCD Building, 605 E. Calvert, Karnes City

Pct. 2 – Snoga Store, 13870 N. FM 81, Panna Maria

Pct. 3 – Gillett Baptist Church, 119 CR 280, Gillett

Pct. 4 – Kenedy City Hall, 303 W. Main, Kenedy

Pct. 5 – Runge VFW Hall, 512 E. Aransas, Runge

Pct. 6 – CCD Building, Cestohowa, 300 FM 3191, Falls City

Pct. 7 – Falls City Diner, 207 E. Meyer St., Falls City

Pct. 8 – Karnes County Museum, Helena, 8167 N. FM 81, Karnes City

Pct. 9 – Choate Cafeteria, 6300 Hwy 239, Kenedy

Pct. 10 – Hobson Parish Hall, 358 CR 220, Hobson

Pct. 11 – Lutheran Fellowship Hall, 590 West State Hwy 72, Kenedy

Pcts. 12 and 13 – City Hall, Karnes City, 314 E. Calvert, Karnes City

Pct. 14 – Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 1 Notre Dame Plaza, Kenedy

Pct. 15 – Mexican Baptist Church, 112 W. Dailey, Kenedy

See pages 2B-3B for sample ballots.
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