Cast a vote that counts in these Texas runoff races

These signs greeted voters outside polling places across Texas on Tuesday, May 22, the day for the state’s primary runoff election.
These signs greeted voters outside polling places across Texas on Tuesday, May 22, the day for the state’s primary runoff election. Ron T. Ennis

Tuesday night, Texas Democrats and Republicans will finally know who all of their nominees will be for the general election in November.

These runoff races are the final leg of the primary election process. In races where no one received a majority of votes on March 6, the top two finishers are now competing for the right to represent their party.

Don't let voter fatigue keep you from taking this final step to help decide some of the most competitive contests in North Texas and across our state. In local elections a few dozen votes sometimes determines who wins and who is eliminated.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A warning: in Tarrant County some of the usual voting locations have changed. For more information on where to cast ballots, requirements for voting, and sample ballots check out our the Star-Telegram "explainer" story. Contact the Texas Secretary of State’s Office at 1-800-252-VOTE or the Tarrant County Elections Office at 817-831-8683 and access.tarrantcounty.com/en/elections.html.

At least a dozen North Texas races will be decided in this runoff election. The Star-Telegram Editorial Board has screened candidates for key contests in the Tarrant County area. We believe the following candidates deserve your vote. Click on the links for the full story and videos with the candidates.

Democratic Race for Governor — Recommend: Andrew White

In a head-to-head debate with Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, Houston businessman Andrew White, son of former Gov. Mark White, could hold his own. He’s in command of the issues and decisive about what he believes. His opponent, former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, has a compelling personal story but seems unsure of her position on some issues and provides simplistic answers on many others.

Democratic Race for Congressional District 6 — Recommend: Ruby Faye Woolridge

It was a close contest between education counselor Ruby Faye Woolridge, 69, and communications consultant Jana Lynne Sanchez, 53. Both are well-versed on issues important to Democrats. The scales tipped in Woolridge's favor, however, when we considered the Arlington resident's many years of community service with education committees, neighborhood associations, and business groups. She's the candidate who would take your call if you needed help.

Republican Race for Congressional District 6 — Recommend: a close call, but the edge goes to J.K. "Jake" Ellzey

Retired Navy pilot Jake Ellzey of Midlothian has an impressive military record that indicates discipline and a commitment to service. His work with the Texas Veterans Commission gives him an understanding of that community's needs. He could be an authoritative voice on national defense and distinguish himself among other representatives. As Tarrant County tax assessor and former district director for retiring Rep. Joe Barton, Ron Wright knows the district well. We are somewhat concerned his pledge to join the Freedom Caucus would make him less independent.

Republican Race for Tarrant County Tax Assessor-Collector — Recommend: Wendy Burgess

Our decision to recommend former Mansfield city council member Wendy Burgess over former KXAS/Channel 5 news anchor Mike Snyder came down to who would spend time in Austin trying to influence policymakers on tax reform, and who would focus attention on the tax assessor's job in Tarrant County. Snyder wants to use the position to push for certain property tax reduction plans in Austin. We aren't sure they're the right ones. More importantly, that's not the assessor's job. Burgess would focus on efficient tax collection and vehicle registration processes by spending time at home.