Early voting is underway for the November elections, and there are some key votes in Brazos County.
Five candidates are vying for the open Texas House District 14 seat, which is vacant with the retirement of longtime Representative Fred Brown earlier this year.
Three Republicans -- Rebecca Boenigk, John Raney, and Bob Yancy -- along with Democrat Judy LeUnes and Libertarian Joshua Baker are on the ballot. If one person earns more than half the votes, they win the seat. If a candidate comes up short of earning a majority of the votes, a run-off between the top two candidates will be held.
A forum for the five candidates put on by the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce was held Monday at the College Station Hilton. The event streamed live on KBTX.com and was broadcast by NewsTalk 1620 WTAW. The event will be archived in the B/CS Politics section of KBTX.com.
In addition, Bryan and College Station are holding special elections.
In Bryan, that city's first proposition authorizes the city to sell the 117 acres of land where the Travis B. Bryan Municipal Golf Course is currently located, which is on W Villa Maria between S College and Finfeather. While no future uses have been determined, city officials say private investors and educational institutions have expressed interest in buying the property. The city has also looked at the option of buying Briarcrest Country Club, which is featured in a second proposition. If the first passes, the second will be counted.
In College Station, the length of term limits and the date of municipal elections will be decided by voters.
- If the proposition on the ballot is approved, elections will be continue to be held in May, but during odd-numbered years. Term lengths would go from three to four years, and the term limits would change from six to eight years.
- If the proposition fails, elections would be taken off the May calendar, with a likely move to November based on subsequent city council vote. Term lengths would stay at three years, with term limits remaining at six years.
Early voting runs until November 4. Election Day is November 8.