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2020 Election

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As we wrap up our coverage of the candidates on the ballot in Taylor County, we are taking a look at the contests for Place 3 and Place 4 in Abilene’s City Council.  One incumbent faces two challengers, while the other is unopposed.

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Anthony Williams was elected in 2016, and is the first Black mayor of Abilene. In this election year he has faced the challenge of leading through a time of increased racial tension, a global health pandemic, as well as surviving his own bout with COVID-19. Williams' campaign is focused on bringing the Abilene community together.  But he has faced harsh criticism from his opponent Cynthia Alvidrez.

 

Find out more about Anthony Williams:

Anthony Williams Facebook Campaign Page 

Big Country Ballot 2020: Cynthia Alvidrez

Oct 28, 2020
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Cynthia Alvidrez has thrown her hat into another election ring, this time challenging Anthony Williams to become Abilene’s next Mayor.  She previously ran for a spot on Abilene ISD’s  board in 2018, against longtime board member Danny Wheat. Wheat kept his position.  Last year Alvidrez ran for City Council Place 5, losing to incumbent Kyle McAlister.  This time around Alvidrez has focused her campaign on being a voice for people that get overlooked. 

Find out more about Mayoral Candidate Cynthia Alvidrez:

Courtesy Dr. Dawn Buckingham Campaign

District 24 in the Texas State Senate stretches from Killeen to Abilene.  The district has been represented by a Republican since 1996.  That’s also the last year a race for the seat was actually competitive.  State Senator Dawn Buckingham is a doctor and a member of the Health and Human Services Committee in the state senate.  She's running for a third term.

Find out more about Dr. Dawn Buckingham:

Dr. Dawn Buckingham's Campaign Website

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DeWayne Crable

Clayton Tucker is the Democrat who’s challenging Republican Texas State Senator Dawn Buckingham for the seat in the 24th district.  Tucker is a rancher in Lampassas.  His experience includes environmental research in China, teaching kindergarten in Taiwan, and advocating with former Texas Agricultural Commissioner Jim Hightower for healthcare for all.  We spoke over Zoom.

Find out more about Clayton Tucker:

Clayton Tucker's Campaign Website

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Courtesy of Texans for Stan

Stan Lambert represents Taylor, Jones, and Nolan Counties in the Texas State House.  He’s running for reelection to a third term, after being targeted by the Republican Speaker of the State House, Dennis Bonnen, for a challenge this election.  The upcoming legislative session promises to be a busy one with a number of new issues to tackle, brought about by the events of 2020. We spoke with State Representative Stan Lambert by Zoom.  

Find out more about Rep. Stan Lambert:

Big Country Ballot 2020: Rep. Jodey Arrington

Oct 21, 2020
Courtesy Jodey Arrington For U.S. Congress

Republican Jodey Arrington is running for a third term in Washington D.C. representing Texas’s 19th Congressional District.  Arrington fended off a primary challenge by Vance Boyd earlier this year, winning nearly 90% of the vote.   Since his first term in 2017, Arrington has been a strong supporter of President Trump’s policies from immigration to international trade.  And he praises the President’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Find out more about Rep. Jodey Arrington:

Jodey Arrington's Campaign Website

Big Country Ballot 2020: Tom Watson

Oct 20, 2020
Courtesy Tom Watson for U.S. Congress

  

Republican U.S. Representative Jodey Arrington has a new challenger this election in the race for Texas’s 19th Congressional District.  Arrington won by large margins in his first two campaigns.  But Democrat Tom Watson is undaunted.  Watson is a Vietnam War veteran and an attorney from Abilene who wants to bring change to the district’s representation in Washington D.C.  

Find out more about Democratic candidate Tom Watson's challenge to Rep. Arrington:

Tom Watson For Congress