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The General Election this November will have thirty-two county offices up for election in Victoria County. Most of these offices are contested and all residents of the county will be able to vote on most of the offices. Those offices for commissioner and justice of the peace are the only ones specific to an area of the county. There will be three offices up on the Bloomington School Board and one office open on the Nursery School Board. Two offices are open on the Groundwater Conservation District. This makes lots of choices on lots of offices.

Each elected official has certain responsibilities. Some of these are common such as swearing to uphold the laws of this state and the United States. But there are differences which should be noted. To that end we'll start looking at the ballot and the offices up for election.

The first office on the ballot is a Federal Office. It is the office of U.S. Representative for the 14th District of Texas. This official is our voice in the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. His job is to review proposed legislation and determine the benefits of the proposed bill to the people of the 14th District. He also is tasked with creating legislation to assist Texans as a whole and particularly of our area. The 14th District extends from Chambers County in the north to Aransas County in the south and includes Victoria County.

The next offices on the ballot are State Offices and the first office on the State ballot is the Governor. Information from the State Library website lists the following information.

"The governor of Texas is the chief executive officer of the state, elected by the citizens every four years. The duties and responsibilities of the governor include serving as commander-in-chief of the state's military forces; convening special sessions of the legislature for specific purposes; delivering to the legislature at the beginning of each regular session a report on the condition of the state, an accounting of all public money under the governor's control, a recommended biennial budget, an estimate of the amounts of money required to be raised by taxation, and any recommendations he deems necessary; signing or vetoing bills passed by the legislature; and executing the laws of the state. The governor can grant reprieves and commutations of punishment and pardons, upon the recommendation of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, and revoke conditional pardons. He appoints numerous state officials (with the consent of the Senate), fills vacancies in state and district offices (except vacancies in the legislature), calls special elections to fill vacancies in the legislature, fills vacancies in the United States Senate until an election can be held, and serves as ex officio member of several state boards.The Governor is the head of the executive branch."

The next office on the ballot will be the lieutenant governor. Using the Handbook of Texas as a resource, the lieutenant governor's responsibilities include:

"The administrative duties of the lieutenant governor are to exercise the powers of the governor's office in case of the governor's death, resignation, removal from office, or absence from the state. His legislative duties are to serve as presiding officer of the Senate, appoint the committees of the Senate, and cast the deciding vote in case of a tie. The lieutenant governor serves as chairman of the Legislative Budget Board and the Legislative Council. He is vice chairman of the Legislative Audit Committee and the Legislative Education Board and is also a member of the Legislative Redistricting Board."

The election is months away but there are a lot more offices to cover.