ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – We are your local elections headquarters and with Election Day for the Primary run-off coming up on Tuesday, July 14, we wanted to make sure voters are prepared as they head to the polls with a ballot break down.

One race on the ballot for every Democrat in the state is their pick for U.S. Senate. The two candidates in the race are Royce West and M.J.  Hegar. West is a long-time state Senator while Hegar is a decorated Air Force veteran. Hegar is a former search and rescue, and medevac pilot with the U.S. Army. Both had strong opinions about healthcare at their last debate amid the pandemic.

“We need to make certain pre-existing conditions are covered and make certain that those persons who want to use their current plans are able to do that,” said candidate Royce West.

MJ Hegar said, “While I want to fight for everyone to have access to Medicare, I will also fight like hell, to make sure I protect every Texans right to choose what that means for them.”

West, who has served in the state senate since 1992, says he has a long legislative record, citing election governance, abortion, education, and healthcare as areas of particular concern. Hegar says she embodies the Texas values of strength, courage, and independence, and would counter partisan gridlock.

Whoever wins on Tuesday will face the incumbent Senator, Republican John Cornyn, in the November Election.

Also on the Democratic ballot across the state, is the primary run-off for Railroad Commissioner. Roberto Alonzo and Chrysta Castaneda are vying for the seat.

Alonzo was a member of the Texas House of Representatives, serving district 104 from 1993 to 2019. He previously served as the Assistant Texas Attorney General, a legislative aide in the Texas Senate, and as a paralegal for the Texas Rural Legal Aid Clinic.

Castaneda is an attorney practicing in the area of oil and gas litigation. She is the founding partner of the Castañeda firm, an energy litigation firm in Dallas.

Whichever Democrat secures the most votes will face James Wright in November. Wright beat out the incumbent, Ryan Sitton, in the republican primary back in March.

One race on the Republican ballot is the run-off Primary for U.S. House of Representatives for District 23. District 23 serves parts of 29 counties including  Brewster, Crane, Loving, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Ward, and Winkler. The two candidates on the ballot are Tony Gonzales and Raul Reyes.

Gonzales served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years, where he worked as a cryptologist. He also has a masters degree in international relations and conflict resolution.

“The country is getting torn apart and I think we need men and women to go up to Congress to help bring us back together, you know, as Americans, we have alot more in common than we don’t…bringing jobs and bringing opportunity to District 23 is at the core root of my message,” said Gonzales.

Raul Reyes is a retired Lieutenant Colonel who was responsible for the entire command and control of Cyber Defense Operations for the Air Force. Among his campaign promises is a pledge to protect labor and wages in District 23. Reyes says he will lead an aggressive sales effort and build better infrastructure to bring jobs back to the area. We reached out to him but haven’t been able to get an interview.

Both candidates have taken a strong stance on illegal immigration and promised to help the President finish building the wall.

In District 19, Democrats will be voting for their nomination to the Texas Senate. District 19 covers parts of 17 counties across the state,  including Brewster, Pecos, Reeves, and Terrell County. On the ballot in the Primary run-off is Roland Gutierrez, and Xochil Rodriguez.

Gutierrez is currently a member of the Texas House of Representatives and has been serving District 119 since 2008. He has served on the Energy Resources Committee and the Pensions, Investments and Financial Services Committee.

Rodriguez’ career experience includes working as an attorney as associate counsel for the University of Texas in San Antonio, and Assistant City Attorney for the city.

In the primary on March 3, Rodriguez secured 43.7% of the vote while Gutierrez received 37.3%. Whoever wins in the run-off election will face Republican, Peter Flores, and Libertarian, Jo-Anne Valvdivia.

In Ector County, Republicans in Precinct 1 will be choosing their County Commissioner. Mike Gardner and incumbent, Eddy Shelton, are the two candidates on the ballot. Both agree that a major issue for the Precinct is illegal dumping and one solution is more community involvement.

Gardner says we need to, “get the community involved in taking it an area at a time and getting it cleaned up and the county coming in behind doing the mowing and stuff that needs to be done to make it look good.”

Shelton has been using grants to put more cameras up in the precinct but also says the public holding others accountable is key.

“If you see something say something takes a picture, get a license plate; let us know when it happened and anything else you know about it.”

In Midland County, voters will see Proposition A on the ballot. It’s a proposal for the Hospital District to collect a quarter percent sales tax on all sales in the County. Officials say they are losing a substantial amount of funding from medicaid and without the influx from the sales tax, they will have lost $38 Million by 2024.

CEO of Midland Health, Russell Meyers, says “it’s very fair because, number one, the communities around us often times don’t have those options available and come to Midland County all the time to consume things that we have here they don’t have back at home and that extends to Health Care. Many of the other counties around us they have very little capability.”

If not passed, Meyers says the next step would be a possible tax increase, specifically on property.

If you’re voting on the Republican ballot in Midland, you’ll also be deciding on the candidate for the 142 District Judge seat. The two Republicans vying for the spot are Mary Baker and David Rogers.

Mary Baker is an oil and gas attorney, who believes she is the best candidate for the job because she understands the cases brought to the court as a result of the energy boom in the basin.

“I am the best candidate because I’m the only one with judicial behind the bench experience. I have docket experience I know how hard it is to handle the Criminal Cases because of the Speedy Trial Act but also pay attention to the cases that keep our economy running, our oil and gas cases,” says Baker.

David Rogers is a Midland Native with 25 years of experience in the field. He says that less than 1% of attorneys in Texas are certified in criminal law and believes having this certification sets him apart.

Rogers says “The majority of the time spent by the court are on criminal cases and I believe I have the broadest background and brought the most experience to handle the criminal caseload and civil caseload.”

Because there is no Democratic candidate, whoever wins on Tuesday will take the bench.

For more information about any of the candidates, as well as Election dates and voting locations, visit VoteTexas.gov.