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Political signs of the times. This was the scene on Tuesday in front of the Jasper County Courthouse Annex in downtown Jasper on opening day of early voting in the 2020 General Election. Early voting continues through October 30th, and Election Day will be Tuesday, November 3rd.

They’re coming out in droves to cast ballots, and County Clerk Debbie Newman says it’s an all-time record for Jasper County. According to Newman, over 1,500 people voted on Tuesday, the opening day for early voting in the 2020 General Election.

There are big draws on the ballot, the biggest being the Presidential race with sitting President Donald Trump being challenged by former Vice President Joe Biden.

Meanwhile, many are also having their say in several other races that are drawing a lot of interest.

Incumbent Republican Congressman Brian Babin is facing a challenge from Democrat Rashad Lewis, while even further down the ballot voters are considering several races on the county and municipal level.

On the county level, there are Justice of the Peace races with Republican John Cooper, Democrat Ray Lewis, and Independent Marsha Stephenson running for the Precinct 1 position and Republican Raymond Hopson and Democrat Marcus Barber running for the Precinct 2 position.

In the City of Jasper, Incumbent District 3 Councilwoman Hazel Johnson is facing a challenge from DeMarcus Holmes for her seat.

Also of interest is the Jasper Hospital Board of Directors with two incumbents facing eight challengers, and the Jasper Independent School District Board of Trustees with two incumbents facing two challengers.

Early voting continues through October 30th, and Election Day will be Tuesday, November 3rd.

The following are the contested races that are drawing the most interest in our area:

FEDERAL

President

Trump/Pence (I) (Rep)

Biden/Harris (Dem)

Jorgensen/Cohen (Lib)

Hawkins/Walker (Grn)

U.S. Senator

John Cornyn (I) (Rep)

Mary “HJ” Hegar (Dem)

Kerry Douglas McKennon (Lib)

David B. Collins (Grn)

U.S. Representative – District 36

Brian Babin (I) (Rep)

Rashad Lewis (Dem)

Chad Abbey (Lib)

Hal J. Ridley, Jr. (Grn)

COUNTY

Jasper County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace

John Cooper (Rep)

Ray Lewis (Dem)

Marsha Stephenson (Ind)

Jasper County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace

Raymond Hopson (Rep)

Marcus Barber (Dem)

MUNICIPAL

City of Jasper

Jasper City Council District 3

Hazel Johnson (I)

DeMarcus J. Holmes

City of Kirbyville

Councilmember Place 1

Alice M. Rawls

Laura Palmer Adams

Councilmember Place 2

Freddie DuPont

Andra Grant

Councilmember Place 5

Amanda Gates

Jimmy W. Gaspard

EDUCATION

Jasper Independent School District Board of Trustees

Whitney Craven Larkin

Steven Martinez (I)

Vickie Stewart (I)

Tiffany D. Porter

Buna Independent School District

Joey Broom

Jimmy Branch

Ryan Beaver

Karli Cherry

Tyesha Hall

Shad Skinner

Rachelle Humble

Evadale Independent School District

School Trustee, Place 1

Johnny Dale Gravis

Jason Sylvester

School Trustee, Place 6

Jim Love

Nathaniel Drake

LOCAL

Jasper Hospital District Board of Directors

Martin E. Gilliland

Harold E. Kennedy

Linda Templeton

Steve Adams

Terry J. Napper

Charles O. Warren

Michael S. Ratcliff

Rodney Norsworthy

Laura Moore

Joe Clyde Adams, Sr.

Jasper County Emergency Services District 4

Proposition A - The adoption of a local sales and use tax in Jasper County Emergency Services District No. 4 at a rate not to exceed two percent in any location in the district.

Voters can choose FOR or AGAINST

EARLY VOTING POLLING LOCATIONS

Polls open Tuesday, October 13th through Friday, October 30th

8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

RAYBURN - St Raymonds Catholic Church

JASPER - Jasper County Sub-Courthouse Annex

KIRBYVILLE - Central Baptist Church Gym

BUNA - Jasper County Sub-Courthouse

EVADALE - Evadale Fire Hall

ELECTION DAY POLLING LOCATIONS

Polls open Tuesday, November 3rd

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

#1 Three Corners Three Corners County Rd. 1 Dudley, Zavalla, TX

#2 Ebenezer Ebenezer Baptist Church 1277 CR 44 Jasper, TX

#3 Browndell Browndell Community Center 291 Circle Dr. Browndell, TX

#4 Rayburn St. Raymond’s Catholic Church 283 FM 1007 Sam Rayburn, TX

#5 Harrisburg East End VFD-Harrisburg Substation 1165 F.M. 1738 Jasper, TX

#6 Jasper Church of Christ 1830 S. Wheeler St. Jasper, TX

#7 Holly Springs Jasper County Sub-Courthouse Annex 271 E Lamar St Jasper, TX

#8 West Jasper #2 Westside Church of Christ 489 State Hwy.63 West Jasper, TX

#9 Buna Buna Methodist Church 936 Hwy. 62 Buna, TX

#10 Call Junction Gateway Tabernacle Church 22690 US Hwy. 96 S Kirbyville, TX

#11 Erin Erin Baptist Church 4298 FM 1005 Jasper, TX

#12 Roganville Roganville Baptist Church 3460 FM 2245 Jasper, TX

#13 Magnolia Springs Tri Community Volunteer Fire Dept. 7732 FM 1005 Magnolia Springs, TX

#14 Kirbyville Stringer Community Center 240 MLK Blvd Kirbyville, TX

#15 Buna Buna Sub-Courthouse 33625 US Hwy. 96 N Buna, TX

#16 Cherry Grove-Gist Cherry Grove Baptist Church 114 CR 826 Gist TX

#17 Evadale Evadale Fire Station 964 F.M 105 Evadale, TX

#19 Pickleville Church of Jasper 15636 FM 777 Jasper, TX

#20 Bevil Box Tanglewood Baptist Church 255 Burch Jasper, TX

#21 West Jasper #1 Trinity Episcopal Church 800 N Main St. Jasper TX

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