By Justin Cox
Killeen Daily Herald
Topping the list of local races in this year's election is House District 55, with Republican Ralph Sheffield and Democrat Sam Murphey vying for the seat. Also challenging them is Libertarian Chris Lane in the general election, and Independent Danny Daniel in the special election. Murphey and Sheffield are on both ballots.
With the exception of residents who live in Killeen, virtually all Bell County voters will have the District 55 race on their ballots.
It's important for voters to note that exception, since there are two elections for the District 55 election. The first one that will appear is the special election, and will appear at the top of the ballot, even before the presidential election. The regular District 55 election for the two-year term will be farther down on the ballot, past the national and statewide elections for the criminal court of appeals.
Killeen voters are largely in District 54, and will choose between incumbent Republican state Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock or Libertarian Nicolaas Kramer.
Also on the ballot in Bell County are two county commissioner races. Republican incumbent Richard Cortese is facing Democrat Phillip Anelli, and Republican incumbent Eddy Lange is facing Democrat Gil Hollie.
There are several unopposed candidates on the ballot this year for several county races; they are all Republicans, and include the following:
Judge Joe Carroll of the 27th District Court; Judge Rick Morris of the 146th District Court; Judge Fancy Jezek of the 426th District Court; District Attorney Henry Garza of the 27th Judicial District; County Attorney Rick Miller; Sheriff Dan Smith; Tax Assessor-Collector Sharon Long; Precinct 3, Place 1 Justice of the Peace David Barfield; Precinct 4, Place 1 Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin; and all four county constables – Luis Cortez, Roger Laird, Thomas Prado and Ed Melton III.