Here are some of the primary races that residents of Spring and Klein need to know in 2018

The filing deadline for candidates in the March 2018 primary elections in Texas was Dec. 11. Although the deadline for political parties to submit those lists to the Texas Secretary of State is Dec. 21, a number of candidates' names have been posted on the Secretary of State's website and political party websites this week.

In our coverage of primary races at Community Impact Newspaper, we strive to present unbiased information without endorsing a particular candidate. Moving into the primary season, we will reach out to each candidate in contested races asking for background information and goals they would pursue if elected. As part of the Trusting News Project, a Reynolds Journalism Institute endeavor, we are sharing information about how we present coverage and engaging with our readers to answer questions about our process. Throughout the election season we will reach out to all candidates in each race, and we will not provide any candidate with preferential treatment. If you have any questions or concerns about our coverage, please reach out to us at sklfeedback@communityimpact.com.

Here are some of the races we will be following in Spring and Klein:

Texas House District 150 representative
Harris County judge
Precinct 4 commissioner
Texas House District 126 representative
U.S. Congressional District 2
U.S. Senate District 7
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