CRYSTAL BEACH — Next week, Bolivar Peninsula voters can head to the polls to vote for their next state senator. How many will vote, or even know there is an election, is yet to be seen.

Early voting in the runoff election for State Senate District 4 starts Monday. The election pits State Rep. Brandon Creighton of Conroe against State Rep. Steve Toth of The Woodlands; both are Republicans.

They are the last two of five candidates who sought to replace former State Sen. Tommy Williams, who resigned in October to take a job with Texas A&M University. 

The winner will serve out the remainder of Williams’ term.

While most of Galveston County is in the 11th senatorial District, Bolivar Peninsula is in District 4. The district crosses into Harris, Chambers, Jefferson and Montgomery counties.

There are only 1,788 registered voters on the peninsula. During the special election in May, 67 Bolivar residents voted, with 61 percent backing Creighton.

Creighton took 45 percent of the overall vote, with Toth gaining about 23 percent.

For the runoff election, voters can cast ballots at the Joe Faggard Community Center, 1750 state Highway 87, in Crystal Beach.

The polling location will be open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 31 and Aug. 1 as well as election day Aug. 5.

Galveston County’s Chief Deputy County Clerk for Elections Bill Sargent said that the county will spend about $3,500 to conduct the special election runoff. He said he doesn’t expect a robust turnout and predicted it would be fewer than the 67 people who voted in the special election on May 10.

Contact Mainland Editor T.J. Aulds at 409-683-5334 or


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