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Voters to settle runoffs today

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By Bj Lewis

The time is now for Denton County voters to decide a number of political races held over from the March primary election.

Voters will return to the polls today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to settle runoffs that include, for local Republicans, the local district attorney and Precinct 4 and 5 justice of the peace positions and statewide races for lieutenant governor, attorney general, agriculture commissioner and railroad commissioner. Democrats have no local races in Denton County but will have runoffs for U.S. senator and agriculture commissioner on the Democratic ballot.

Frank Phillips, Denton County elections administrator, encourages all voters to check for their correct polling site at

Voters may not cross party lines to vote in the runoff — a voter who cast a ballot in the March 4 Republican primary may not vote in the Democratic runoff, and vice versa. But a voter who did not cast a ballot in the March 4 primary may vote in either runoff election.

Here is a rundown of the races on the Denton County ballots.

Local Republican runoffs

* District attorney: Incumbent Paul Johnson is facing Lantana attorney Karen Alexander.

* Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace: Incumbent J.W. Hand is facing attorney Harris Hughey.

* Precinct 5 Justice of the Peace: Cynthia Mitchell is facing Mike Oglesby.

Statewide Republican runoffs

* Lieutenant governor: Incumbent David Dewhurst is facing Dan Patrick.

* Attorney general: Dan Branch is facing Ken Paxton.

* Agriculture commissioner: Tommy Merritt is facing Sid Miller.

* Railroad commissioner: Wayne Christian is squaring off against Ryan Sitton.

Statewide Democratic runoffs

* No local races

* U.S. senator: David M. Alameel is facing Kesha Rogers.

* Agriculture commissioner: Richard “Kinky” Friedman is facing Jim Hogan.

BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875 and via Twitter at @BjlewisDRC.