Early voting in the 2020 Primary Runoff Election will continue through Friday, July 10, and the Primary Runoff Election Day is scheduled for Tuesday, July 14.


A runoff in the District 59 race for Texas House of Representatives is between incumbent J.D. Sheffield of Gatesville and Erath County businesswoman and attorney Shelby Slawson. No Democrats or Independent candidates filed to run for that office, so the winner of that runoff election will effectively decide the District 59 representative in Austin.


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


In the March Republican Primary, Slawson got 46 percent of the votes while Sheffield had 30 percent, making the runoff necessary. Another Republican candidate at that time, Twister J owner Cody Johnson of Stephenville, got 24 percent.


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


"Our campaign was deeply honored to be the top finisher in all 8 counties in the March GOP primary," Slawson said in a statement to the E-T. "Central Texans sent a loud and clear message that they demand bold representation on our conservative values — standing for God, country, the constitution, our President, law and order, the 2A (the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution), sanctity of life, and fighting for property taxpayers and our schools — and will no longer settle for disengaged, left-leaning representation.


"It’s finally time for us to finish the race together and the momentum is strong! I would be very honored to have the people’s support once again and to be a fearless, authentic conservative fighter for our folks in The Texas House."


Sheffield stated, "Governor Abbott’s endorsement has been tremendously helpful in this election. The Governor supported me for my conservative values on issues like lower taxes, respect for life and respect for the 2nd Amendment. It is important to keep Texas red and protect these values."


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


Voting on the Primary Runoff Election Day on July 14 will be from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., at four locations in Erath County (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 Rd., in Stephenville; and Dublin County Annex Building, 219 S. Grafton, in Dublin.