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NEW BOSTON, Texas — The Bowie County straw poll vote will take place Saturday at New Boston High School Auditorium, No. 1 Lion Drive.

All Bowie County candidates running for office are invited to speak at the forum.

The event gets kicked off at 5 p.m. with a chili supper for $5 donation. The New Boston fire department is cooking and serving the meal.

At 6 p.m. a Meet the Candidate forum will be held in the auditorium. Each will have about three to five minutes, said Gary Singleton, Bowie County Republican Party chairman.

Following that, a mock election will be held and the results announced.

Attendance has varied in past straw polls, but usually more people attend in presidential election years, Singleton said.

The straw poll is intended for Bowie County residents, he said.

Locally contested races in the March 3 Republican primary include:

Tax Assessor-Collector

Incumbent Ramona Dawson-Norman

Josh Davis

Sheriff

Chief Deputy Jeff Neal

George Huggins Jr.

Fifth Judicial District Judge

Incumbent Bill Miller

Monty Murry

Precinct 3 County Road Commissioner

Incumbent James Strain

Kyle B. Barrett

Precinct 2 County Constable

Chad Ford

William (Bill) Bonneville

There are no locally contested races on the Democratic ticket in the primary.

However, County Judge Bobby Howell, a Republican, will face Democrat challenger Armani Valentino in November's general election.

Another general election race has Bryan Hughes, the Republican incumbent state senator for District 1, facing Democratic challenger Audrey Spanko.

The Bowie County straw poll has taken place every election cycle since 1976 and is meant to give citizens a chance to hear candidates speak and share their positions on various issues as well as give candidates a feel for their current standings before the March primary.

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