Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
Let the voting begin.
Early voting for the November general election begins this Monday, Oct. 22, across Orange County and Southeast Texas.. Early voting times and dates are from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22 - Saturday, Oct. 27, and Monday, Oct. 29 - Friday, Nov. 2.
Early voting locations are at the Orange Public Library, 220 N. Fifth St. in Orange; Bridge City Public Works, 220 Nitsche in Bridge City; First Baptist Church, 11540 State Highway 12 in Mauriceville; and the Raymond Gould Community Center, 385 Claiborne in Vidor. Registered voters of Orange County may vote at any of the early voting locations listed above and not just at the one near their residence.
Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. Registered voters must vote at their specific precinct location on Election day.
The biggest race of the November election is for U.S. President as President Barack Obama seeks re-election against Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Other presidential candidates include Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein.
Locally, there will be five contested races this election year.
The open County Court at Law seat will feature Republican candidate Mandy White-Rogers against Democrat nominee Mike Abbott.
Two seats are up for election on the Orange County Commissioners Court, and each race features well known figures.
Incumbent David Dubose, a Republican, will take on challenger, and former county commissioner, Democratic nominee James Stringer for the County Commissioner Precinct 1 seat, while Democratic incumbent John Dubose is being opposed by Republican candidate John Banken for the County Commissioner seat in Precinct 3.
There are also two races on the ballot this November for Orange County Constable.
The Precinct 1 race will feature Republican incumbent Chris Humble and, his opponent, Democratic candidate Sarah Jefferson-Simon, while the race for Precinct 2 features Democratic candidate Lynn Arceneaux against Republican candidate David A. Cagle.
Another race which Orange County voters will be deciding has Republican Steve Stockman attempting to return to office for the first time since the 1990s as he takes on Democrat Max Martin and Libertarian Michael K. Cole for the newly created U.S. District 36 seat.
The race for U.S. Senator will feature Republican candidate Ted Cruz against Democratic nominee Paul Sadler and Libertarian candidate John Jay Myers and Green Party nominee David B. Collins as each candidate looks to replace Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, who is retiring.
Sample ballots are available for viewing at www.co.orange.tx.us.