Polls opened bright and early Tuesday, beckoning would-be voters to the Erath County Courthouse and Dublin Annex to cast a ballot in the primary election.

“I am expecting a really large turnout,” County Clerk Gwinda Jones told the E-T last week. “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. 

VOTING TIMES

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)