Polls open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday

Polls in this year’s political party primaries will open at 7 a.m. Tuesday throughout the Crossroads area, with voters deciding which Republican and Democrat candidates will move on in the election process.Howard County Elections Administrator Saundra Bloom and her team of clerks are ready to wrap up the primaries, despite a tumultuous election season in the state of Texas.“With the primaries postponed until now in Texas, it’s certainly presented some challenges this year,” Bloom said. “Just as soon as we finished the municipal elections on a Saturday, that Monday we were opening the early voting polls for the primaries, so there hasn’t been much time to rest. However, everything is lined up and ready to go for Tuesday.”According to Bloom, polls will be located as follows:• Precincts 11-14 (including 12A), 16, 103 and 104 will vote at the County Road and Bridge Office, located at 1000 N. San Antonio.• Precincts 24-26, 205 and 208 will vote at the Big Spring Mall, located at 1801 E. FM 700.• Precincts 207 and 207C will vote at the Coahoma Community Center, located at 306 North Avenue in Coahoma.• Precincts 32-35 and 304 will vote at First Baptist Church, located at 705 W. FM 700.• Precincts 42, 45-46 and 404-405 will vote at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum, located at 1001 Birdwell Lane.• Precincts 408-409 will vote at First Baptist Church of Sand Springs, located at 8517 N. Service Rd. in Sand Springs.Seats up for election in the 2012 election include 118th Judicial District Attorney, currently held by Hardy Wilkerson; Howard County sheriff, held by Stan Parker; county attorney, held by Joshua Hamby; tax assessor collector, held by Kathy Sayles; Precinct 3 county commissioner, held by Jimmie Long; and Precinct 1 county commissioner, held by Emma Brown.Parker is running for re-election, as are Long, Green and Wilkerson. Parker’s opponent is M.O. Horton. The two are facing off on the Republican ticket, with the winner of the primary to go uncontested in the November election.Precinct 1 Commissioner Brown has a trio of challengers: Howard County Jailer Larry Torres, former Big Spring Council member Oscar Garcia and Ed Ware, who has attempted to unseat the longtime commissioner previously.Brown faces Torres in the Democratic primary, while Garcia and Ware are competing for the Republican nomination. The winners will go head-to-head in the November election.Longtime Tax Collector and Assessor Kathy Sayles is not running for re-election. Diane Carter, an employee of the tax collection office, is unopposed for the office on the Republican ticket.Also unopposed are Long, Green and Wilkerson. all ton the Republican ticket.Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday.Contact Staff Writer Thomas Jenkins at 263-7331 ext. 232 or by e-mail at citydesk@bigspringherald.com