The stage is set for the 2018 election cycle with the passing of the candidate filing deadline. All candidates seeking to run for office in Texas had to file with the party of their choice by December 11, 2017. Almost every statewide office is up for re-election, along with all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives, all 36 Texas Congressional seats, nearly half of the Texas State Senate and one place for U.S. Senate.

The candidates who have filed for office will first face off in the March 6 primary elections. Republicans and Democrats will vote in separate polls to determine which of their candidates will represent their party in the November General Election. Early voting for the Primary Election is February 20th through March 2nd. The General Election is November 6th.

This is considered a mid-term election because it is half way through the President's term of office. With no presidential race to be determined, the top of the ticket in 2018 is the Governor's race, where Republican Governor Gregg Abbott will run for a second 4-year term in office. Ten Democrats have filed to run against him, that candidate to be determined by the results of the March primary.

If you are not registered to vote, the last day to do so is February 5th, 2018. If you plan to vote by mail, the first day to request a ballot is February 23rd. See you at the polls.