2018 Elections: Races to watch, your vote counts

2018 Elections: Races to watch, your vote counts

(KLTV/KTRE) - The March 6 primary election is today and several candidates are in a heated race to see who takes office.

Many candidates are running unopposed. Others are facing challengers for the seat they desire to hold.

We take a closer look at the top races and the candidates who could be representing East Texans if they win your vote.

U.S. Senate:

Beta O'Rourke, a three-time congressman from El Paso is working to unseat Texas Senator Ted Cruz and become the first Democrat to win a statewide race since 1994, according to The Texas Tribune. In the U.S. Senate, Cruz has led the fight to repeal Obamacare, to secure the border, and to confirm Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Texas Senate:

District 3:

Republican Robert Nichols, the incumbent, is being challenged by Democrat Shirley Layton. Nichols was elected to the Texas Senate in 2007. He represents 19 counties including the greater part of East Texas. Layton states that she is fighting for education for every family.

Texas House:

District 2:

Republican Dan Flynn, the incumbent is being challenged by Republican Bryan Slaton in House District 2 which is comprised of three counties in Northeast Texas: Hunt County, Hopkins County, and Van Zandt County.  Representative Flynn is an active member of both the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) as well as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).Slaton, born in Mineola, says he stands for immigration and border security, education, family values, and second amendment rights.

District 6:

Republican Matt Schaefer, the incumbent, is running for his 4th term in office.Schaefer serves on the Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee and the Corrections Committee. He is chairman of the Texas Freedom Caucus. He is being challenged by Republican Ted Kamel and Democrat Yolanda R. Prince. Kamel served Tyler/Smith County as State Representative for District 6 for four terms, 1991-1999. Independent candidate Neal Katz is also running for the position.

Smith County:

District Attorney:

Republican Jacob Putman, current Assistant District Attorney, is being challenged by Republican Alicia Cashell Barkley. Putman has been ADA for the past 8 years and is a Tyler native. He announced he was running for DA in May of 2017. Barkley is a local attorney primarily for family law, and formerly worked in the DA's office.

Commissioner, Pct. 4

Democrat JoAnn Hampton, the incumbent is being challenged by Democrat Donald Ray Sanders and Democrat Quincy Beavers.


County Judge:

Republican Mike Perry, the incumbent, is being challenged by Republican Chris Cagle, Republican Elton Milstead, and Republican Greg Sowell. Read more here.

Cherokee County:

County Judge:

Republican Chris Davis, the incumbent is being challenged by Republican Byron Underwood and Democrat Marlene Jowell.

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