Early voting begins Monday for the May 22 primary runoffs in Hays County

The first day of early voting for the May 22 primary runoff elections is Monday.

Residents have a chance to vote in several local, state and congressional races to determine which Democrats or Republicans will be the nominees for their parties.

In U.S. House District 21, Democratic candidates Mary Street Wilson and Joseph Kopser will face off. On the GOP side, Chip Roy and Matt McCall head to a runoff after making it through the primaries against 16 other candidates. U.S. House District 21, represented by outgoing Republican Lamar Smith, includes Hays County and parts of San Marcos, Buda, Kyle and Austin.

In the statewide race for governor, Democratic candidates Lupe Valdez and Andrew White will face off. Whoever wins will run against incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott in November.

Residents living within State House District 45—which encompasses Dripping Springs, Wimberley, Kyle and San Marcos—will see two names on the Democratic ballot: Rebecca Bell-Metereau and Erin Zwiener.

Locally, Republican candidates John Burns and Rober Avera will face off for the nomination of Hays County Justice of the Peace Precinct 4. Republicans Michael "Mike" Toth and Donna Davidson will be on the runoff ballot for the 3rd Court of Appeal District Place 6 judge nomination.

Runoffs occur when no candidate receives at least 50 percent of the vote during the primary elections. If you did not vote in the March 6 primary elections, you can still vote in the May 22 primary runoff elections. If you voted in the March 6 primary elections, you must vote with the same party in the May 22 runoff elections.

The last day of early voting is May 18, and Election Day is May 22. Polls are open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Election Day. See what your ballot looks like here.



Ascension Seton Hays cut the ribbon on the new maternity unit. (Courtesy Ascension Seton Hays)
Kyle's Ascension Seton Hays hospital cuts ribbon on new maternity unit

The hospital is also expanding its women's services program.

The city of San Marcos will be celebrating the dedication of its newest mural on Dec. 7. (Courtesy city of San Marcos)
City of San Marcos to dedicate a new mural at Wonder World Cave and Adventure Park

The city will be offering a dedication for the new mural "“Wild Rice” on Dec. 7.

Mavericks opened in Buda on Nov. 27. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Mavericks Dance Hall now open in Buda

The new Buda spot has five bars and a dance floor.

San Marcos Premium Outlets are located off I-35 in San Marcos. (Anna Herod/Community Impact Newspaper)
Versace now open at the San Marcos Premium Outlets

The Italian brand will feature clothing, footwear, eyewear, handbags and more.

Ascension Seton Health Center Buda is home to a new dermatology clinic. (Courtesy Ascension Medical Group Seton)
Ascension opens new dermatology clinic in Buda

Ascension Medical Group Seton Laser & Cosmetic Dermatology offers a range of services.

The store sells work from regional artists. (Anna Herod/Community Impact Newspaper)
Paper Bear in San Marcos to close after 41 years

The local novelty and San Marcos souvenir store is projected to close in spring of 2020.

The City Park amphitheater is nearing completion. (Evelin Garcia/Community Impact Newspaper)
Buda City Park construction set to finish before 2020 Weiner Dog Races

When complete, the work will include an amphitheater, two playgrounds and a splash pad.

The Restore in San Marcos opened last year. (Community Impact Newspaper)
Habitat for Humanity's ReStore in San Marcos celebrates one year in business

The nonprofit's donation center and store opened last December.

Downtown Buda will soon get a new arts center in the old City Hall building. (Community Impact Newspaper)
Downtown Buda's Inspired Minds Art Center set to open in January

The nonprofit Hill Country Theater will share the space.

After 20 years, Buda's Big Oaks Kennel and Dog Park Co. still keeps dogs tired and happy. (Community Impact Newspaper)
Buda's Big Oaks Kennel celebrates 20 years in business

Big Oaks offers boarding, grooming, day care and a membership-based dog park.

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