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The last day to register to vote in the March 5 primary elections is Monday, Feb. 5. Ballots in Burnet and Llano counties have significant Republican races that will likely determine the winner of the November general election due to a lack of Democratic opposition.

REGISTRATION/ELECTION RESOURCES

Visit VoteTexas.gov to register online or check your registration status.

Contact the Burnet County Elections Office at 512-715-5288 or elections@burnetcountytexas.org for more information about the upcoming primaries. You can visit in person at 220 S. Pierce St. in Burnet from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Contact the Llano County Elections Office at 325-247-5425 or elections@co.llano.tx.us. Visit in person at 1447 Texas 71 East in Llano.

IMPORTANT DATES

Burnet and Llano counties follow the same primary election timeline.

  • Feb. 5 is the last day to register to vote.
  • Feb. 20 is the first day of early voting.
  • Feb. 23 is the last day to apply for a ballot by mail.
  • March 1 is the last day of early voting.
  • March 5 is Election Day.

BURNET COUNTY RACES

PRECINCT 3 COMMISSIONER

Five Republican candidates are vying for the position being vacated by incumbent Billy Wall on the Burnet County Commissioners Court: 

  • Caleb Carrasco, owner/operator of Mad Hatters Provisions in Burnet
  • Chad Collier, Bertram business owner
  • Joseph Rosser of Bertram, who listed public servant on his candidate filing form
  • Homer D. Will, Burnet County foreman and member of the Central Texas Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors
  • Cord Woerner of Marble Falls, a retiree from the Marble Falls Independent School District

TAX ASSESSOR-COLLECTOR

Three Republican candidates are running for the open position, which is currently held by Sheri Frazier: 

  • Susan Allen of Horseshoe Bay, the current chief deputy tax assessor-collector
  • Adrienne Feild of Lake Victor, who listed airport administrative services on her candidate filing form
  • DeAnne Fisher of Bertram, the current chief deputy treasurer for Burnet County 

PRECINCT 2 CONSTABLE

Incumbent Garry Adams of Burnet is the only one of four constables who drew an opponent: 

  • Donald “Brian” Knowles of Bertram, a Burnet County Sheriff’s Office sergeant

DISTRICT ATTORNEY

DA Wiley “Sonny” McAfee of the 33rd and 424th Judicial District is stepping down. Attorneys Marie Primm of Sunrise Beach Village and Perry Thomas of Burnet will face each other in the Republican primary. The winner will represent four counties: Burnet, Llano, Blanco, and San Saba.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 19

In the GOP primary, Rep. Ellen Troxclair (R-Lakeway) drew challenger Kyle Biedermann, a former state representative from Fredericksburg. Dwain Handley of Burnet County and Zach Vance of Lago Vista face off in the Democratic primary. The winners in each contest will battle it out in the Nov. 5 general election.

UNOPPOSED RACES

Running without an opponent for their positions are Republican incumbents:

  • 33rd Judicial District Judge Allan Garrett
  • Burnet County Attorney Eddie Arredondo
  • Sheriff Calvin Boyd
  • Precinct 1 Commissioner Jim Luther
  • Precinct 1 Constable Leslie Ray
  • Precinct 3 Constable Scott Davis
  • Precinct 4 Constable Millicent “Missy” Bindseil

LLANO COUNTY RACES

Find more information on a few of the candidates in the sheriff, district attorney, and Precinct 3 commissioner races in this Jan. 10 DailyTrib.com story.

SHERIFF

Two Republican candidates are battling for their party’s nomination to replace Bill Blackburn, who is retiring:

  • Marquis Cantu of Horseshoe Bay, a former Texas Ranger and Llano County Precinct 1 justice of the peace.
  • Les Hartman of Llano, a Llano Police Department patrol sergeant and singer-songwriter

PRECINCT 3 COMMISSIONER

Three Republicans are running for the Llano County Commissioners Court seat being vacated by Mike Sandoval, who represents the Kingsland area:

  • Bull Guthrie of Kingsland, who works in real estate and is a retired law enforcement officer
  • Karen Shaw of Kingsland, an administrative assistant to her church and retired from teaching and academic administration
  • Brent Richards (no information could be found on the candidate)

PRECINCT 1 JUSTICE OF THE PEACE

Two Republicans are running for the position, which has been left vacant by sheriff candidate Cantu:

  • Allen Fletcher of Llano, a retired state representative
  • Sam Silver of Horseshoe Bay, a retired firefighter

DISTRICT ATTORNEY

DA Wiley “Sonny” McAfee of the 33rd and 424th Judicial District is stepping down. Attorneys Marie Primm of Sunrise Beach Village and Perry Thomas of Burnet will face each other in the Republican primary. The winner will represent four counties: Burnet, Llano, Blanco, and San Saba.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 53

Rep. Andrew Murr (R-Junction) did not file for re-election, and three candidates are seeking his position. Rancher Hatch Smith of Llano and firearms advocate Wes Virdell of Brady will compete for the GOP nomination. Democrat Joe P. Herrera of Natalia is running unopposed in his party’s primary. Smith or Virdell will face Herrera in November.

UNOPPOSED RACES

Running without an opponent for their positions are Republican incumbents:

  • 33rd Judicial District Judge Allan Garrett
  • Llano County Attorney Dwain Rogers
  • Precinct 1 Commissioner Peter Jones
  • County Clerk Cecilia McClintock
  • Tax Assessor-Collector Kris Fogelburg
  • Precinct 1 Constable Gary Silver
  • Precinct 2 Constable Richard Harris
  • Precinct 4 Constable Michael Scoggins

dakota@thepicayune.com