The 2020 Primaries are upon us. Early voting begins Tuesday and runs through Friday, Feb. 28. Winners of their party’s primary will appear on the ballot in the November General Election.

If no candidate in a contested race secures more than 50% of the vote, the race will then head to a May 26 Runoff Election between the top two vote-getters.

Voters do not need to register with a party to vote in the primary, but must be a registered voter in that county and can only vote in one party’s primary.

The Tyler Paper has all the election information you need to make an informed decision this election day.

Polling hours for voting

Feb. 18-21: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 22: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 23: noon to 5 p.m.

Feb. 24-28: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Election Day (March 3): 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Early voting locations

The Hub: 304 E. Ferguson St., Tyler

Heritage Building: 1900 Bellwood Road, Tyler

Noonday Community Center: 16662 County Road 196, Tyler

First Methodist Church-Lindale: 402 W. Hubbard St., Lindale

Whitehouse Municipal Court: 311 E. Main St, Whitehouse

Election Day Voting Locations (Tuesday, March 3)

Smith County residents can vote at any of the following locations on election day

Tyler Locations

Bell Elementary School: 1409 Hankerson St.

Rose Heights Church of God: 2120 Old Omen Road

St Louis Baptist Church: 4000 Frankston Higway

Tyler Senior Center: 1915 Garden Valley Road

Glass Recreation Center: 501 W 32nd

Heritage Building: 1900 Bellwood Road

The HUB: 304 E. Ferguson St.

Jones/Boshears Elementary: 3450 Chandler Highway

TJ Austin Elementary: 1105 W. Franklin St.

Bethel Bible Church: 17121 Highway 69 South

Dayspring Methodist Church: 310 W. Cumberland Road

Noonday Community Center: 16662 County Road 196

First Baptist Church-Gresham: 16844 County Road 165

Soma Church: 3700 Old Bullard Road

Three Lakes Middle School: 2445 Three Lakes Parkway

Shiloh Pines Mobile Home: 2525 Shiloh Road

Dover Baptist Church: 21166 FM 1995

New Harmony Baptist Church: 10251 FM 724

Old Tyler airport terminal: 150 Airport Drive

Red Springs Fire Department: 16759 FM 14

Chapel Hill Fire Department: 13801 County Road 220

St. Violet Baptist Church: 14129 FM 2767

Crossbrand Cowboy Church: 11915 FM 2015

Smith County Juvenile Services: 2630 Morningside Drive

Arp Location

Arp First Baptist Church: 304 Front St.

Bullard Location

Bullard Fire Department: 215 S. Houston St.

Flint Location

Flint Baptist Church: 11131 FM 2868 W.

Hideaway Location

Hideaway Member Service: 101 Hide-A-Way Lane

Lindale Location

First Methodist Church: 402 W. Hubbard St.

Troup Location

Cameron Jarvis Library: 102 S. Georgia St.

Whitehouse Locations

Mount Carmel Baptist Church: 10519 FM 344

Whitehouse Municipal Court: 311 E Main St

First Baptist Church: 801 E. Main St.

Winona Locations

Starrville Church Living God: 18396 Highway 271

Victor Kay Gymnasium: 605 Wildcat Drive

Candidates in Democrat Primary Races

U.S. House District 1

Hank Gilbert

State Board of Education District 9

Brenda Davis

State Senate District 1

Audrey Spanko

State Representative District 6

Julie Gobble

Constable Precinct 1

Willie Mims

Bobby Garmon

Curtis Traylor

Smith County Party Chair

John Walton

Michael Tolbert

Smith County Commissioner Precinct 1

Peter Milne

Smith County Commissioner Precinct 3

Laura Alexander

Candidates in Republican

Primary Races

U.S. House District 1

Louie Gohmert

Johnathan Kyle Davidson

State Board of Education District 9

Kevin Ellis

State Senate District 1

Bryan Hughes

State Representative District 6

Matt Schaefer

Smith County Sheriff

Larry R. Smith

Smith County Tax Assessor-Collector

Gary B. Barber

Smith County Party Chair

David Stein

Ron Shaffer

114th District Court

Mitch Adams

Jarad Kent

Austin Reeve Jackson

7th District Court

Kerry L. Russell

Smith County Constable Precinct 2

Jason Newport

Josh Black

Smith County Constable Precinct 3

Jim Blackmon Jr.

Smith County Constable Precinct 4

John G. Smith

Curtis Wulf

Josh Joplin

Charles Garrett

Smith County Constable Precinct 5

Jeff McClenny

Smith County Commissioner Precinct 1

Pam Frederick

Paul Perryman

Neal J. Franklin

Smith County Commissioner Precinct 3

Bob Westbrook

Terry Phillips

Precinct Chair, Pct. 5

Alice Zilner

Randall Rexroat

Shelby Dawn Davis

Precinct Chair, Pct. 23

Mike Canant

Alejandro Gauna

Precinct Chair, Pct. 26

Dave Cockerham

Barbara A. Burleson

Precinct Chair, Pct. 27

Rachel Baber

Barbara B. Dorsey

Precinct Chair, Pct. 32

Ken Blundell

Mark Henry Treep


Voters also will be asked to decide on a number of propositions from their party, which are then used to prioritize the party’s platform.

Republican Primary Propositions

1. Texas should not restrict or prohibit prayer in public schools.

2. Texas should reject restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms.

3. Texas should ban the practice of taxpayer-funded lobbying, which allows your tax dollars to be spent on lobbyists who work against the taxpayer.

4. Texas should support the construction of a physical barrier and use existing defense-grade surveillance equipment along the entire southern border of Texas.

5. Texas parents or legal guardians of public school children under the age of 18 should be the sole decision makers for all their children’s healthcare decisions including, but not limited to, psychological assessment and treatment, contraception, and sex education.

6. Texas should ban chemical castration, puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and genital mutilation surgery on all minor children for transition purposes, given that Texas children as young as three (3) are being transitioned from their biological sex to the opposite sex.

7. Texans should protect and preserve all historical monuments, artifacts, and buildings, such as the Alamo Cenotaph and our beloved Alamo, and should oppose any reimagining of the Alamo site.

8. Texas election officials should heed the directives of the Office of the Governor to purge illegal voters from the voter rolls and verify that each new registered voter is a U.S. Citizen.

9. Bail in Texas should be based only on a person’s danger to society and risk of flight, not that person’s ability to pay.

10. Texas should limit our state legislators’ terms to 12 years.

Democrat Primary Propositions

1. Should everyone in Texas have a right to quality healthcare, protected by a universally accessible Medicare-style system that saves rural hospitals, reduces the cost of prescription drugs, and guarantees access to reproductive healthcare?

2. Should everyone in Texas have the right to high-quality public education from pre-k to 12th grade, and affordable college and career training without the burden of crushing student loan debt?

3. Should everyone in Texas have the right to clean air, safe water, affordable and sustainable alternative energy sources, and a responsible climate policy that recognizes and addresses the climate crisis as a real and serious threat that impacts every aspect of life on this planet?

4. Should everyone in Texas have the right to economic security, where all workers have earned paid family and sick leave, training to prepare for future economies, and a living wage that respects their hard work?

5. Should everyone in Texas have the right to a life of dignity and respect, free from discrimination and harassment anywhere, including businesses and public facilities, no matter how they identify, the color of their skin, whom they love, socioeconomic status, disability status, housing status, or from where they come?

6. Should everyone in Texas have the right to live a life free from violence — gun violence, racial hatred, terrorism, domestic violence, bullying, harassment or sexual assault—so Texans can grow in a safe environment?

7. Should everyone in Texas have the right to affordable and accessible housing and modern utilities (electricity, water, gas, and high-speed internet) free from any form of discrimination?

8. Should every eligible Texan have the right to vote, made easier by automatic voter registration, the option to vote-by-mail, guaranteed early and mobile voting stations, and a state election holiday — free from corporate campaign influence, foreign and domestic interference, and gerrymandering?

9. Should everyone in Texas have the right to a fair criminal justice system that treats people equally, uses proven methods for de-escalating situations instead of excessive force, and puts an end to the mass and disproportionate incarceration of people of color for minor offenses?

10. Should there be a just and fair comprehensive immigration reform solution that includes an earned path to citizenship for law-abiding immigrants and their children, keeps families together, protects DREAMers, and provides workforce solutions for businesses?

11. Should Texas establish equitable taxation for people at all income levels and for businesses and corporations, large and small, so our state government can fund our educational, social, infrastructure, business, and all government services to improve programs necessary for all Texans to thrive?

Erin Mansfield contributed to this report.


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