It is election time in Runnels County and the ballot includes a slate of local candidates for both Ballinger and Winters as well as a proposition for the sale of alcohol. Voters will also be asked to consider seven state constitutional amendments.

It is election time in Runnels County and the ballot includes a slate of local candidates for both Ballinger and Winters as well as a proposition for the sale of alcohol. Voters will also be asked to consider seven state constitutional amendments.

Locally elections include three seats on the Ballinger Memorial Hospital Board, two seats on the Ballinger City Council, the race for mayor of Ballinger and Proposition A, in which voters will determine whether restaurants and retail outlets may serve wine beer and mixed drinks. There is one seat up for election for the Ballinger Independent School District and one seat on the Winters Independent School District Board of Trustees.

Early voting started Monday Oct. 23 and of Monday, 124 early ballots and 38 absentee ballots had been cast. Early voting continues through Friday.

The polls are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Friday. Voters will be able to cast early ballots for candidates from elections in Ballinger and Winters at the elections office location in Ballinger through Friday.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 7.

There are five candidates running for two seats on the Ballinger City Council, including Jason Gore and Anita Martinez for Single Member District 1 - the seat currently held by Phillip Arp, whose term limit is up. Three candidates are running for the Single Member District 2 seat currently held by Darlene Kelly whose term is up. The candidates are Amanda Collom, Rudy Galvan and Richard Morrish.

Ballinger Mayor Sam Mallory is seeking reelection and has been challenged by Willie Covington.

Proposition A will be on the ballot in the upcoming election and voters will have the opportunity to cast ballots either for or against the sale of beer, wine and mixed drinks in local establishments.

The Single Member District 1 seat of the Ballinger Independent School District Board of Trustees is also on the ballot. Incumbent Manual Galvan will face Chad McDuffee in the election. There was no opponent for the seat in BISD’s Single Member District 6, so incumbent Dale Halfmann will retain the seat.

Five candidates have filed to run for three seats on the Ballinger Memorial Hospital District Board. Incumbents Mike Dankworth and Bill Hunter will be running along with Dr. Bradly Bundrant, Brenda Joyce Waterfill and Bryan Jennings.

Two candidates are vying for one seat on the Board of Trustees for the Winters Independent School District. Incumbent Jim Lincycomb, is seeking a second term and has been challenged by Brandi Gray Jacob.

There will be 10 polling locations in Runnels County. Precincts 1 and 2 will be located at the Runnels County Courthouse Annex at 600 Strong Ave. Precincts 3,4 5 and 6 will be located at the Winters Tax Office at 143 West Dale Ave. in Winters. Precincts 7 and 8 will be located at the Ballinger Community Center and Precincts 9 and 10 will be located at the Rowena Fire Department at 504 Mary St. in Rowena.