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Early voting begins October 22

Early voting will start Monday for the Nov. 6 General Election and there are five contested races in Shelby County. The office of Shelby County Sheriff has incumbent Newton Johnson, Jr., challenged by Willis Blackwell; the Shelby County District Attorney election features incumbent Kenneth Florence against Stephen Shires; the District Judge 123rd Judicial District race pits incumbent Guy Griffin challenged by Charles “Brick” Dickerson; for Justice of the Peace Pct. 1, incumbent Maxie Eaves is challenged by Melissa Crouch; and in Constable Pct. 3, incumbent Billy Hearnsberger against Roy Cheatwood. In addition, State Representative Dist. 9 race has candidate elect Chris Paddie challenged by write-in candidate John McIntyre.   Early voting is being held at Shelby County Clerk Allison Harbison’s office on the Center Square. Those times include: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22 and Monday Oct. 29; from 8 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; and from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., on Sunday, Oct. 28, is the only weekend early voting opportunity.  Meanwhile, San Augustine County voters will be selecting a First Judicial District Judge, as incumbent Craig Mixson is challenged by Jennifer Job (Jobe) Seale (Seal). Also, San Augustine ISD voters have a $5-million dollar bond issue for construction of a new athletic facility to vote on; and the selection of three school board members.  Early voting for the San Augustine ISD bond and trustees election will be from 8 to 4, Oct. 22 through Nov. 2 at the Elections Administrator’s Office at 225 North Harrison, opposite end from the county jail.  There is also several other federal, state and district-wide races up for election, including U.S. Senator; U.S. Representative; and of course President.

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