The end is near.

At least in terms of the Republican Party primary, which has consumed voters’ attention in Erath County for months.

Those eager to cast a ballot will have their first opportunity to do so on Tuesday when early voting gets underway at the Erath County Courthouse and Dublin Annex.

“I am expecting a really large turnout,” said County Clerk Gwinda Jones. “People are very interested in these races.”

Local races that have generated local headlines include the race for state representative of District 59 - incumbent Dr. J.D. Sheffield and challengers Shelby Slawson and Cody Johnson - and the race for sheriff with incumbent Matt Coates facing a challenge from Kent Howell.


Feb. 18-21, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (both locations)

Sunday, Feb. 23, noon - 4 p.m. (courthouse only)

Feb. 24-25, 7 a.m. - 7 pm. (both locations)

Feb. 26-28, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (both locations)

Jones said voters could face long lines and suggests they download the ballot from the Erath County website found under the “elections” tab.

“The ballots are very long,” Jones said. “There are a lot of candidates and several propositions at the end of the ballot for both parties. It might be a good idea to print out the ballot and write notes on it. They can take that into the voting booth with them.”

Voters will not be allowed, however, to use their cell phones while casting a ballot.

Here is a look at other local contested races:


Dee Stephens - incumbent

Terry Truss - challenger


Joe Brown - incumbent

Justin Slawson - challenger


Jonathan Walden

Ryan Gibson

Election Day is Tuesday, March 3.