Election: Polls open at 7 a.m. for several local, state races to be decided

With polls opening at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, Howard County voters will be expected to go to the polls to determine the outcome of several key state and local races.Many voters will find the Precinct 2 race for Howard County commissioners on their ballot, as as Republican nominee Donnie Baker faces Democratic nominee Jim Sinclair. Incumbent Jerry Kilgore lost the contest for the Republican party's nod in March.Voters in the county's Precinct 4 will be asked to weigh in on the battle for the precinct's seat on the commissioners court, as incumbent Democrat Gary Simer is squaring off against GOP candidate John Cline. Cline won the Republican nomination in march by defeating Roy Don Beauchamp, while Simer went unopposed in the primaries.In the race for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Place 2, incumbent candidate Kathryn Wiseman represents the Republican party, while Democratic nominee Ricky Hughes is trying to unseat her. Hughes was unopposed in the March party primaries.The District 19 seat on the U.S. House of Representatives is also be up for grabs, as Republican incumbent Randy Neugebauer faces Democratic nominee Andy Wilson and Libertarian Richard “Chip” Peterson.In one of the more heated local races, the State Representative District 85 seat will also be decided Tuesday, as incumbent Democrat Joe Heflin faces Republican nominee Jim Landtroop. Heflin beat Landtroop for the seat four years ago.Polling places for Tuesday's contest are:Precincts 11,12,16 and 112 — St. Thomas Parish Hall, 605 N. Main St.Precincts 13, 14 — Big Spring Senior Center, 1901 SimlerPrecincts 103-105 — Prairie View Baptist Church, 10000 W. FM 2230Precincts 22, 24-26, 205 — Big Spring Mall, 1801 E. FM 700Precincts 207, 207C — Coahoma Community Center, 306 North Ave. in CoahomaPrecinct 304 — Forsan Baptist Church, 201 Main St. in ForsanPrecincts 33-35 — First Baptist Church Foyer, 705 W. FM 700Precinct 304 — Central Baptist Church, 501 Nichols Rd.Precincts 42, 44-46 — Dorothy Garrett Coliseum, 1001 Birdwell LanePrecincts 404-406 — Jonesboro Fire Station, 142 Jonesboro Rd.Precincts 407, 408 — Salem Baptist Church, 8911 Old Colorado City HighwayPrecinct 409 — First Baptist Church, 8517 N. Service Rd. in Sand SpringsFor more information on the election, contact Bloom at 264-2273.