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Early Voting begins for Joint Primary Election; two bid for republican nomination for county treasurer

Early voting in the Joint Primary Election is underway, and as of Wednesday morning, 382 Wharton County ballots have been cast.

In the Joint Primary Election, voters will choose their party’s nominations for the upcoming General Election to be held on November 8.

For Wharton County Republican voters, this election will determine the outcome of the county’s solely-contested nomination.


Audrey Wessels Scearce of East Bernard and Christa Lynch Albrecht of Wharton each hope to become the Republican nomination for Wharton County Treasurer.

The Wharton County Treasurer serves the financial interests of the county; receiving and depositing all revenue, disbursing funds by commissioners court guidance, preparing payroll, and managing the investment portfolio.

Audrey Wessels Scearce

Reared in Louise, Scearce graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2008.


For three years, she held the appointed county elections administrator position before accepting the role of city secretary for the City of East Bernard.

This year will mark eight years with the city for Scearce.

In addition to city government, she continues service through the East Bernard Chamber of Commerce, and her presidency of the East Wharton County Crime Stoppers.


For Scearce, public service is almost a family tradition. Her father served as treasurer for nearly 20 years, and mother, Donna G. Wessels, is the current Justice of Peace for precinct 3.

“I’m in the community,” Scearce said during a recent Wharton County Republican Party forum. “This is my home. It’s been my home my entire life, and I wish to serve in a bigger and better capacity.”

Christa Lynch Albrecht

Albrecht graduated from Wharton High School and Wharton County Junior College. Then went on to received a Bachelor in Accounting from the Texas A&M University.

She has worked a combined 25 years for the University of Texas Health Science Center and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in treasury.

Currently, Albrecht is an auditor within the Wharton County Auditor’s Office.

Albrecht is in pursuit of a MBA through the University of Houston – Downtown, with an expected completion date in August 2022.

“I’m excited at the opportunity to serve the citizens of Wharton County in an area of expertise in which I have spent my entire adult career,” Albrecht said in her bid announcement via social media.

Republican Ballot

Wharton County registered voters will also select from those vying for the republican nomination for U.S. Representative District 22, Texas Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and many more state positions.

Present on the ballot are an additional 10 propositions.

Democratic Ballot

Those choosing the Democratic ballot in the primary will not see any nominations for local offices, but will choose to nominate candidates for state offices and U.S. Representative District 22.

Polling Times and Locations

Early voting will continue through Sunday, Feb. 20, and pick back up on Tuesday, Feb. 22. Below are the polling locations, times and dates provided by the Wharton County Elections Office.

Wharton Civic Center – Duncan Auditorium1924 N. Fulton, Wharton 
St. Joseph Parish Hall6902 FM 442 Rd, Boling
East Bernard Library746 Clubside Dr., East Bernard
Hungerford Fire Station8018 Houston, St., Hungerford
El Campo Library – Mayors room200 W. Church St., El Campo
El Campo Civic Center – Myatt Rm.2350 N Mechanic St., El Campo
Justice of the Peace 3 Courtroom340 W. North St., Louise
St. Roberts Parish Hall512 Teagner St,  El Campo
Wharton County Annex D, Classroom 116
(main early voting location)
315 E. Milam St., Wharton
East Bernard Library746 Clubside Dr., East Bernard
El Campo Library – Mayors room200 W. Church St., El Campo
Monday, February 14 – Friday,  February 18(8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Saturday, February 19 (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)  Wharton Annex Only
Sunday, February 20(11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)     Wharton Annex Only
Tuesday, February 22 –  Wednesday, February 23(8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Thursday, February 24 –  Friday, February 25(7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
Provided by the Wharton County Elections Office.

For more information, or to view daily voting totals, visit https://www.co.wharton.tx.us/page/wharton.Elections.

Jessica Hartmanhttps://www.thecountygin.com
Jessica Hartman is the publisher of The County Gin and a realistic dreamer with creative expression. She can be reached at jessica@thecountygin.com or (979) 533-0122, but careful — she's a talker.

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