On January 17, 2019, the Gonzales Inquirer reported that the following municipal and school board elections were to be held.

The filing period has begun for candidates wishing to appear on the May 4 municipal and school board elections. Gonzales, Nixon, and Waelder will all have seats available for those wishing to enact change on their local taxing governments.

The City of Gonzales will host a couple of contests, headlined by the mayoral election that carries a three-year term. The spot is currently held by first-term mayor Connie Kacir, who ran unopposed in 2016. The city will also hold a city charter election, with a list of changes to the city's constitution up for ratification. Details on those potential tweaks will be made available as council has yet to finalize what charter amendments will appear on the ballot.

The Gonzales Independent School District will also hold an election to fill two school board seats. Trustees are elected to three-year terms for single-member districts. Up for grabs is District 1 and 2 on the board. District 1 is currently held by Gloria Torres, and District 2 by Justin Schwausch. Applications are available at the GISD Administration Office and will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Feb. 15.

In Nixon, three places on the city council are up for contest, all at-large. Councilmembers Joseph “Joey” Bjorgaard, Justin La Fleur, and Mary Ann Fathree are all up for re-election, if they choose. The deadline to file is Feb. 15.

The Nixon-Smiley school district, places 1, 5, and 7 are up for consideration. They are currently held by Mark Mendez, Lester Warzecha, and Jimmy Newman. Potential candidates have until Feb. 15 to decide.

Smiley has three at-large positions will appear on the ballot. Linda Warzecha, Elisa Douglas, and H. Wayne South are all coming to the end of their two-year terms on the city council. Candidates have until Feb. 15 to file.

Waelder has three at-large city council positions in play. Those seats are currently occupied by Mike Harris, Valentino “Tino” Hernandez, and Samuel “Rocky” Quintero.

Waelder ISD will have a couple of at-large positions to look at, with Avery Williams and Troy Sullivan holding the trustee positions that hold three-year terms. The district will be calling their election at their Jan. 28 meeting.

Election Day for all of these races is scheduled for Saturday, May 4.

Inquirer: Candidates announced for primary ballots

On December 15, 2017, the Gonzales Inquirer published the following list of candidates filed for the Republican Party primary:


The candidate filing deadline for the 2018 election has come and gone. Early voting for the primary election is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, through March 2, 2018. The primary election will take place on Tuesday, March 6.

In local races, only one position will be contested as incumbent County Treasurer Jo Ann Mercer will defend her seat against Sheryl Barborak. Other county-wide seats are uncontested.

Local Republican candidates 

County Judge

  • Patrick (Pat) Davis

District Clerk

  • Janice Sutton 

County Clerk

  • Lona Ackman

County Treasurer

  • Sheryl Barborak

County Surveyor

  • Seth M. Fullilove

County Commissioner Pct. 2

  • Donnie R. Brzozowski

County Commissioner Pct. 4

  • Collie Boatright Jr.

Justice of the Peace Pct. 1

  • Deidra D. Voigt

Justice of the Peace, Pct. 3

  • Jesse Almaraz

Justice of the Peace Pct. 4

  • Darryl J. Becker

Statewide Republican candidates are:

United States Senator

  • Ted Cruz

U.S. Representative, District 27

  • Bech Bruun
  • Michael Cloud

United States Representative, Congressional District 34 

  • Dr. Rey Gonzalez


  • Barbara Krueger
  • Greg Abbott (Incumbent)

Lieutenant Governor 

  • Dan Patrick (Incumbent)
  • Scott Milder

Attorney General 

  • Ken Paxton

Comptroller of Public Accounts 

  • Glen Heger

Commissioner of the General Land Office 

  • Davey Edwards
  • George P. Bush (Incumbent)
  • Jerry Patterson
  • Rick Range

Commissioner of Agriculture 

  • Sid Miller (Incumbent)
  • Trey Blocker

Railroad Commissioner 

  • Christi Craddick (Incumbent)
  • Weston Martinez

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 4

  • John Devine

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6 

  • Jeff Brown

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8 

  • Dib Waldrip
  • Michelle Slaughter

State Representative, Dist. 17

  • John Cyrier

Chief Justice 13th Court of Appeals

  • Ernie Aliseda

Justice 13th Court of Appeals, Place 2 

  • Greg Perkes

Justice 13th Court of Appeals, Place 4 

  • Jaime Tijerina

Justice 13th Court of Appeals, Place 5 

  • Clarissa Silva

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