Ted Poe, Sheila Jackson Lee take lead in Lake Houston area elections

Several races impact Lake Houston area residents.

Several races impact Lake Houston area residents.

Any Lake Houston area resident who did not have the opportunity to vote early will have a final chance to cast a ballot Tuesday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. We previously shared a full list of ballot items in the Lake Houston area, but here is a rundown of some of the most notable contested races taking place locally:

US House of Representatives District 2

Updated at 7:52 p.m.

Incumbent Ted Poe took a 25 percent lead over challenger Pat Bryan in the race for the US Rep. District 2 through unofficial early voting. Poe garnered 61 percent of the vote with 128,129 votes compared to 75,413 votes for Bryan, which totals 36 percent, according to Harris County.

Incumbent and Republican Ted Poe faces Democratic challenger Pat Bryan. District challenges, working across the aisle and remaining accountable to the district are among the issues candidates discussed in a Q&A in our October issue. You can read the candidates’ responses here.

US House of Representatives District 18

Updated at 7:52 p.m.

Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee took a commanding lead through unofficial early voting. Jackson Lee received 109,367, which totaled 74 percent of the vote, compared to 34,563 for Republican challenger Lori Bartley, who garnered 23.4 percent of the votes, according to Harris County. All results are unofficial until canvassed.

Republican Lori Bartley challenges incumbent Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee. Jackson Lee and Bartley discussed their commitment to District 18 in a Q&A we ran in October. You can read the candidate's responses here. Jackson Lee has received the most campaign contributions so far in the race for Texas District 18.

New Caney ISD Board of Trustees, position 7

Beth Prykryl and incumbent and Elizabeth Rhoden Harrell are vying for position 7 on the New Caney ISD board of trustees. Both discussed rapid student population growth within New Caney ISD in a Q&A from our October issue. Read the responses from Harrell and Prykryl here.

Harris County Sheriff

Incumbent and Republican Ron Hickman faces a challenge from Democrat Ed Gonzalez. Hickman narrowly received more campaign contributions than his challenger, which you can read about here.

Harris County District Attorney

Democratic challenger Kim Ogg and Republican incumbent Devon Anderson are competing to be the next Harris County district attorney. Anderson was elected to her first term in 2014 after she being appointed to the position in 2013 by then-Governor Rick Perry. Anderson replaced her deceased husband Mike Anderson who was Harris County district attorney at the time.