Hey Amarillo, Early Voting In City Election Gets Started Monday
It seems like as soon as we wrap up one election, there's always another one right around the corner. Starting on Monday, early voting will be available for the upcoming local election.
Surely you've heard the ads on the radio. Mayor Nelson is seeking reelection. She's challenged by Claudette Smith, Carl Karas, and Michael Hunt.
There are also the Councilmember positions that are up for grabs for Place 1 through Place 4. You can view a sample ballot by clicking on this link.
There have been several forums and profiles written up of all the candidates in the upcoming election, so I won't dig in and do that here.
The most interesting race, to me, is the race for Councilmember Place 4. The other Councilmember races are between two to three candidates. Place 4 has, ironically, four candidates looking to fill the slot, including incumbent Howard Smith. It also includes Ali Ramos, who will remember as the individual who took on a certain "bean restaurant" in town that no longer exists.
There are several options when it comes to early voting. If you aren't sure where your polling place is, you can get info on voting in Randall County by clicking on this link. You can get info on voting in Potter County by clicking on this link.
Again, there are several resources out there that you can use to familiarize yourself with the candidates before you go to cast your vote. A simple Google search brought up several articles and videos that break down all of the info you need to cast an informed vote.
Also, you have until 4/20 to apply for a ballot by mail.