Early voting for the runoff elections gets underway tomorrow Monday at the Multi-Purpose Center where four local races remain to be decided. Early voting days are abbreviated in the runoff with the poll open only this week Monday through Friday. However, voting hours have been extended from 7 am to 7 pm each day. Election day is Tuesday, May 22.
Capturing the most interest locally is the hotly contested race for Maverick County judge between incumbent David R. Saucedo and challenger Rudy Bowles. In the March primary results were closely split with about 700 votes separating Gloria E. Hernandez, who was eliminated in the first round, and Saucedo who was the top vote getter. Saucedo had approximately 3,200 votes to Bowles' 2,900 and Hernandez with 2,500.
For Precinct 2 commissioner incumbent Rosy Cantu faces newcomer Adriana Perez. Cantu bettered the challenger by close to 2 to 1 in the primary with Perez earning second place by very few votes over the third place finisher.
Rosanna "Roxi" Rios was the top vote getter in March for the Precinct 2 justice of the peace position and faces incumbent Dora Madera in the runoff.
For Precinct 3 peace justice newcomer Domingo "Mingo" Rodriguez bested incumbent David Castaneda 900 to 600 in the primary and these two square off again in this the determining round.