Ask the editor: What elections are taking place in 2018?

Early voting trends show record breaking turnout.

Early voting trends show record breaking turnout.

With the March 6 primary election approaching, there are several statewide, county and district offices up for grabs this year. Our primary election guide shows all of the contested candidates on the Democratic and Republican ballots. Those who receive the majority of votes in those elections will secure a spot on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Early voting for the primary election is underway until March 2. Click here for all the information Comal and Guadalupe County residents need to know about casting a ballot, including maps of polling locations.

Local city and school district elections will take place in May. Voters will have a chance to choose a representative for two City Council seats serving districts 3 and 4. In addition, New Braunfels ISD will have two seats for single-member districts 3 and 5 on the ballot; seats for single-member districts 1, 2 and 5 are up for election in Comal ISD.

Locally elected officials have the most influence on our daily lives, yet voter turnout is typically low in primary elections. In Comal County, voter turnout is typically high, but the precincts that fall within the city of New Braunfels are among the lowest according to Comal County Elections Coordinator Cynthia Jaqua.

We are fortunate to live in a country where we have a voice, and I encourage you to get more information on the candidates who are running in upcoming elections and exercise your right to vote.
By Rachel Nelson
Rachel Nelson is editor of the New Braunfels edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She covers local business, new development, city and county government, health care, education and transportation. Rachel relocated to Central Texas from Amarillo in 2009 and is a graduate of Texas State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.


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