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Five Candidates Compete In Special Senate Race

A total of five candidates, including three Republicans and two Democrats, are on the ballot in the special election on Saturday, Dec. 6, to elect a new state senator for District. 18.

The election was called to replace Senator Glenn Hegar, who won election as state comptroller in November and takes office in January.

The winner must receive a majority of the vote, making a strong possibility that there will be a runoff election.

One of the Republican candidates is State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, 50, from Brenham. She has served as state representative since 2000. She lists her occupation as a business owner.

According to a report in the Houston Chronicle, Kolkhorst is considered by some to be the favorite to represent the sprawling, rural district that spans from a small part of Harris County to San Antonio and Corpus Christi’s outer suburbs.

Kolkhorst, however, will face likely strong challenges from two Fort Bend County businessmen - Gary Gates, 55, and Charles Gregory, 55, - who come from the county that probably will cast a plurality of the votes in the December election.

Gates has lent his campaign $1 million and has launched television spots.

Kolkhorst has been a formidable fundraiser and had $800,000 on hand in July, before she officially launched her Senate campaign.

Kolkhorst also will benefit from establishment backing: Hegar scheduled a fundraiser for her.

The two Democrats are Cindy Drabek, 52, a business owner from Richmond and Christian E. Hawkins, 33, an attorney from Rosenberg.

Candidates will be listed on the ballot in Colorado County in the following order.

--Christian E. Hawkins (Dem).

--Lois W. Kolkhorst (Rep).

--Gary Gates (Rep).

--Charles Gregory (Rep).

--Cindy Drabek (Dem).

Early voting in Colorado County will be held on three days and started on Wednesday, Nov. 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The remaining early voting days in Colorado County are:

Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2, from 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. at the Colorado County Courthouse Annex, 318 Spring Street, Suite 101.

Election Day will be Saturday, December 6.

Polls Open: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Precincts have been consolidated for the special election.

Voting location for Pct. 101, 102 & 103: Colorado County Services Facility, 305 Radio Lane, Columbus.

Voting location for Pct. 201 & 202: Weimar City Hall, 106 E. Main, Weimar.

Voting location for: Pct. 301, 302, 303, 304 & 305: Agriculture Building, 316 Spring Street, Columbus.

Voting location for Pct. 401 & 402: Eagle Lake Community Center, 100 N. Walnut Street, Eagle Lake.

District 18 includes Victoria, Jackson, DeWitt, Lavaca, Calhoun, Goliad, Gonzales, Refugio, Matagorda, Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Caldwell, Colorado, Fayette, Jackson, Lee, Waller, Washington and Wharton counties and a western portion of Fort Bend County.  [-end of story-]


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