I am falling back on old habits and letting you know there is an election coming. On Tuesday, November 2, 2010 a Joint General Election will be held in Victoria County. The election will include federal, state, district and local offices. Victoria County Groundwater Conservation District, Bloomington ISD, and Nursery ISD will be joining in this election with the County of Victoria.

The Groundwater District has two director positions up for election. These are places 1 & 3. The areas represented by each director coincide with the same areas as county commissioners 1 & 3 or for this election the justice of the peace precincts 1 & 3.

Bloomington ISD trustees in places 1, 2, & 3 will be on the ballot in November. As these are at large places all registered voters in the Bloomington school district will be able to vote for these trustees.

Nursery ISD has a trustee position on the ballot and the registered voters for Nursery school district will be able to vote for their trustee.

Victoria County will be conducting the election for the federal, state and district offices as well as the local county officials.

The federal office is U.S. Representative, District 14. The state-wide offices include: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller of Public Accounts, Commissioner of the General Land Office, Commissioner of Agriculture, Railroad Commissioner, three Justices on the Supreme Court, and three Justices on the Court of Criminal Appeals.

The district offices are: State Senator – District 18, State Representative – District 30, Justice on the 13th Court of Appeals District, District Judges for the 267th and 377th Judicial Districts and Criminal District Attorney.

The local offices are: County Judge, Judges for County Court at Law Nos. 1 & 2, District Clerk, County Clerk, County Treasurer, Commissioners for precincts 2 & 4 and Justices of the Peace for precincts 1, 2, 3 & 4.

That is a lot of selections on your ballot so it is not too early to start researching your candidates. In fact it would also be a good idea to examine the responsibilities and duties of each office and compare those to the candidate qualifications. We have the Web as a wonderful learning tool but there is also an older method for evaluating candidates, personal contact.

If you haven’t already begun receiving e-mails and mailings, you will shortly. Don’t just delete them or throw them in the recycling tub. Take a moment and read through the information. You might find the candidate will be visiting the area and you could get a chance to see them in person.