McKinney’s March primary elections: An interactive voter’s guide

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With the March 6 primary elections on the horizon, Community Impact Newspaper has gathered much of our reporting in one place to help McKinney voters make sense of their choices.

The candidates listed in this guide will be on the 2018 primary election ballot. Only contested races are listed.

Bookmark this page and refer back to it as a handy reference. We have included links to much of our reporting throughout the page, as well as detailed candidate platforms and other useful information.

Important dates

  • First day of early voting: Feb. 20
  • Last day to apply for ballot by mail: Feb. 23
  • Last day of early voting: March 2
  • Election day: March 6

Voting locations

Wondering where you can cast your vote, either on election day or during early voting? Look no further than the interactive map below. The map includes all voting locations in McKinney city limits, although McKinney residents in Collin County can also vote at any polling station in the county.

In the map below, purple markers represent early voting locations in McKinney. Yellow markers represent election day locations. (Some locations are available for both early and election day voting.)

Early voting polls will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 20-23; 7 a.m.-7p.m. Feb. 24, 26-March 2; and 1-6 p.m. Feb. 25.

Election day polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Statewide candidates

Before the election, Community Impact Newspaper sent candidates a questionnaire on their background and what they plan to do, if elected. Click on the names below to read each candidate’s responses.

Democratic Party

U.S. senator

  • Sema Hernandez
  • Edward Kimbrough
  • Beto O’Rourke

Governor

  • James Jolly Clark
  • Cedric Davis Sr.
  • Joe Mumbach
  • Adrian Ocegueda
  • Jeffrey Payne
  • Lupe Valdez
  • Tom Wakely
  • Andrew White
  • Grady Yarbrough

Lieutenant governor

  • Mike Collier
  • Michael Cooper

Comptroller of public accounts

  • Joi Chevalier
  • Tim Mahoney

Commissioner of the General Land Office

  • Tex Morgan
  • Miguel Suazo

Railroad commissioner

  • Roman McAllen
  • Chris Spellmon

Republican Party

U.S. senator

  • Ted Cruz*
  • Bruce Jacobson Jr.
  • Mary Miller
  • Geraldine Sam
  • Stefano de Stefano

Governor

  • Greg Abbott*
  • SECEDE Kilgore**
  • Barbara Krueger

Lieutenant governor

  • Scott Milder
  • Dan Patrick*

Commissioner of the General Land Office

  • George P. Bush*
  • Davey Edwards
  • Jerry Patterson
  • Rick Range

Commissioner of agriculture

  • Trey Blocker
  • Jim Hogan
  • Sid Miller*

Railroad commissioner

  • Christi Craddick*
  • Weston Martinez

Presiding judge, Court of Criminal Appeals

  • David Bridges
  • Sharon Keller*

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8

  • Jay Brandon
  • Michelle Slaughter
  • Dib Waldrip

County and district candidates

Before the election, Community Impact Newspaper sent candidates a questionnaire on their background and what they plan to do, if elected. Click on the names below to read each candidate’s responses.

Democratic Party

U.S. representative , District 3

U.S. representative, District 4

Member, State Board of Education, District 12

State senator, District 8

Republican Party

U.S. representative, District 3

U.S. representative, District 4

  • John Cooper
  • John Ratcliffe*

State senator, District 8

State senator, District 30

  • Craig Carter
  • Craig Estes*
  • Pat Fallon

Justice, 5th Court of Appeals District, Place 11

  • John Browning
  • Tom Nowak
  • Dan Wyde

Justice, 5th Court of Appeals District, Place 12

  • Perry Cockerell
  • William “Randy” Johnson**
  • Jim Pikl

District judge, 219th Judicial District

  • Scott Becker*
  • Glenn Brenner
  • Mike Curran
  • Jennifer Edgeworth

Criminal district attorney, Collin County

  • Casey Davis
  • Greg Willis*

County judge

County commissioner, Precinct 3

Voter ID requirements

Texas voters are required to present one of seven specific forms of photo identification before they may cast their ballots. Voters must present one of the following forms of ID to vote:

  • Texas driver’s license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas personal ID card issued by DPS
  •  Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
  • U.S. military ID card containing the cardholder’s photograph
  • U.S. citizenship certificate containing the cardholder’s photograph
  • U.S. passport

With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the ID must be current or have expired no more than four years before being presented at the polling place. Voters can apply for an Election Identification Certificate at no cost at any driver’s license office. Details on how to apply for an EIC are available on the DPS website, www.dps.texas.gov/driverlicense/electionID.htm.

Voters who cannot obtain one of the seven acceptable forms of photo ID due to a reasonable impediment may present a supporting form of identification and execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration, noting the voter’s reasonable impediment to obtaining an acceptable form of photo identification and stating the voter is the same person on the presented supporting form of identification.

Supporting forms of ID that can be presented for voters with reasonable impediments are:

  • Valid voter registration certificate
  • Original certified birth certificate
  • Copy of or original current utility bill
  • Copy of or original bank statement
  • Copy of or original government check
  • Copy of or original paycheck
  • Copy of or original government document with voter’s name and an address (original required if it contains a photograph)

For additional information regarding voter ID laws, go to the Secretary of State Office’s website, www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/need-id.html.

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Cassidy Ritter
Cassidy graduated from the University of Kansas in 2016 with a degree in Journalism and a double minor in business and global studies. She has worked as a reporter and editor for publications in Kansas, Colorado and Australia. She was hired as senior reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Plano edition in August 2016. Less than a year later, she took the role of editor for the McKinney edition.
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