The early voting period for the 2020 Primary Runoff Election will begin Monday across the state of Texas. The Primary Runoff Election Day is set for Tuesday, July 14.


In the race for the Republican candidate for House District 59 state representative, Erath County businesswoman and attorney Shelby Slawson and the incumbent, Dr. J.D. Sheffield of Gatesville, are going head-to-head in the runoff.


The outcome of that race will effectively decide the District 59 representative because there are no Democrats or Independent candidates running in the November election.


Early voting for Erath County citizens will be at the Erath County Courthouse, at 100 W. Washington St., in Stephenville. The early voting times will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, June 29 through Thursday, July 2, and also 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, July 6 through Friday, July 10. The courthouse will be closed for the Fourth of July holiday on Friday, July 3.


For the Primary Runoff Election Day, voting in Erath County will take place from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., at four locations.


Erath County voters can vote at any one of the following locations on Election Day, regardless of where you reside in the county: Erath County Courthouse, 100 W. Washington St., in Stephenville; Texas A&M Agrilife Research and Extension Center, 1229 N. U.S. Highway 281, in Stephenville; Texas Bank, 988 Wolfe Nursery Road, in Stephenville; and Dublin County Annex Building, 219 S. Grafton, in Dublin.


The Texas Primary Runoff Election was originally scheduled for May 26, but Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation postponing it until July 14 because of the COVID-19 pandemic safety precautions.


In the March Republican Primary, Slawson received 46% of the votes while Sheffield collected 30%, forcing the runoff. Another Republican candidate at that time, Twister J owner Cody Johnson of Stephenville, got 24%.


District 59 includes Erath County, as well as Somervell, Comanche, Coryell, Hamilton, McCulloch, Mills and San Saba counties.