Election day is today; Several local contested races on the ballot
Posted on 11/4/2014 6:53:00 AM.
(Seguin) -- Today is Election Day. Polls are officially open for the Nov. 4 General Election. Several races will appear on the ballot. Local races include Guadalupe County Commissioner Precinct 2. The Democratic candidate is Mary Louise Gonzales, while the Republican candidate is Jack Shanafelt. The winner of today's contest will replace Commissioner Kyle Kutscher who will be moving over to the county's judge's seat in January. 

The city of Seguin will have two contested races for its city council. The race for the District 3 seat features Jeremiah Arevalo and Phil Seidenberger. Both are looking to replace outgoing Councilman Nick Carrillo who is not seeking reelection.
In District 8, Edward Davila and Mark Herbold are looking to fill the city seat currently held by Councilman Bob Pees. Pees was unable to run again due to the city's term limits.
Voters today will also be turning out for a number of school board races in the Seguin ISD. There are four contested races for its board of trustees. The races include District 2, 4, 5 and 7.
The District 2 race features Incumbent Ishmael Flores and Charles Loftin. The District 4 seat features candidates Edward Davila, Jr., David Gettig, John Holt and Ann Laird. Appearing on the ballot for District 5 will be Incumbent Barbara Effenberger and Matt Skinner. Voters in Seguin ISD District 7 will have three candidates in which to choose from. They include Incumbent Nancy Ayotte, Caston Casey and Lori Osborne.
Other ballot items appearing throughout the county include races in the City of Cibolo, City of Schertz and the Green Valley Special Utility District.
Topping the statewide ballot is the gubernatorial race. This will be the first open election for Governor since 1990. Governor Rick Perry announced early on that he would not be running for a fourth term.
The candidates appearing on the ballot include Republican State Attorney General Greg Abbott and Democratic State Senator Wendy Davis.
The ballot also features Libertarian Party candidate Kathie Glass and Green Party candidate Brandon Parmer.
Voters will also cast their ballots for State Representative, District 44. The contest features Republican Incumbent and Seguin native John Kuempel and Democratic challenger Robert Bohmfalk.
Other statewide races include lieutenant governor, attorney general, commissioner of agriculture, comptroller of public accounts and railroad commissioner. Voters will also be checking for or against on a proposition request appearing in the Constitutional Amendment portion of the ballot.
Proposition 1 reads, "The constitutional amendment providing for the use and dedication of certain money transferred to the state highway fund to assist in the completion of transportation construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation projects, not to include toll roads."
Individuals are asked to report to their normal voting day polling sites. They are also reminded to bring along the proper photo ID needed to cast their ballots. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Those who do not know their polling site are asked to check online at www.co.guadalupe.tx.us. They may also call the election's office at 830-303-6363.
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