Midterm elections can sometimes be sluggish affairs. But with representatives to Congress and the State Legislature and the local state senator on the ballot, the governor and state executives facing re-election, and heated interest in Harris County posts including the county judge and judicial seats — forecasts are for a stronger-than-usual turnout.
Bellaire and West University voters routinely turn out in respectable percentages. Key local races include two-term U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D-Texas 7th Dist.) facing off against Republican Johnny Teague, who describes himself as a 21-year pastor, author and rancher.
State Rep. Ann Johnson (D-Dist. 134) is seeking a second term against two challengers — Republican Ryan McConnico and Libertarian Carol Unsicker — while 39-year State Sen. John Whitmire (D-Dist. 15) who found himself representing Bellaire and West U after redistricting, is going up against Republican George Brian Vachris.
County Judge Lina Hidalgo, a Democrat elected in 2018, is facing off against Republican Alexandra del Moral Mealer, a veteran who holds degrees from Harvard Business and Harvard Law schools and worked in energy finance.
Oct. 11 — Last day to register to vote or submit an address change
Oct. 24-Nov. 4 — Early voting
Oct. 28 — Last day to apply for vote-by-mail ballot
Nov. 8 — Election Day
- Determine your polling place, registration status and see a sample ballot before early voting begins at HarrisVotes.com.
- Learn about what state and federal elections you’ll find on your ballot through the Texas Tribune’s finder service through this QR code: (INSERT QR CODE HERE) https://apps.texastribune.org/features/2022/texas-ballot-2022-midterm-election-nov-8/?_ga=2.14537911.167695079.1662926048-271102742.1602768314
- Study the Voter’s Guide prepared by the local League of Women Voters at LWVHouston.org.
This article first appeared in the September 2022 issue of Bellaire•West University Essentials magazine.