02/08/2018, 7:00 pm. Location TBA
Special Election for Bastrop County State Representative on January 6
Tim Kleinschmidt, Texas Representative (Rep.) for District 17 (which includes Bastrop, Lee, Caldwell, Gonzales, and Carnes Counties) resigned in November to take appointment as general counsel for the Agricultural Commission.
Governor Perry has just announced the schedule for the Special Election to replace him. The election will be held on Tuesday, January 6.
We do not have much detail yet on the election (such as polling places for the election or early voting) since this is so recent, but we will keep you informed as we learn more from the Bastrop County Elections Administrator. We do know that early voting will be December 29 through January 2, excluding January 1.
Because of the very short notice for this election, combined with the fact that almost the entire campaigning period will be over the holidays, voter turnout will likely be quite low.
Therefore, it is imperative that Democrats turn out and vote!
In a special election, there is no primary; we expect more than one candidate from both parties. Whoever carries 51% of the vote wins the election.
More than ever before, EVERY VOTE COUNTS!!
Please mark your calendars now to vote early if possible and if not, on January 6. We will keep you apprised of all details!
Democrats Shelley Cartier and Ty McDonald, both of Bastrop County, have confirmed their plans to be on the ballot.
We have been told by the Bastrop County Republican Party that John Cyrier of Caldwell County and Brent Goleman of Bastrop County are “actively campaigning” and that two others are considering a run. The deadline to file to be on the ballot is 5:00 pm Friday, December 22.