Voters will get a chance to learn more about the crowded field of candidates in this year’s Sulphur Springs City Council races, thanks to the Hopkins County Republican Party. The local GOP organization is sponsoring a candidate forum on Thursday, March 26, to give those running for two spots on the panel a chance to express their views, and let voters pose questions.
“This is a great opportunity to meet and question the candidates,” stated Hopkins County Republican Party Chairman Erwin R. Cain in a press release. “Each speaker will be given approximately five minutes to explain his vision for Sulphur Springs. There will also be an opportunity to have one-on-one discussions with the candidates after they speak.”
All seven candidates in two contested races have been invited to speak at the county GOP’s March meeting, scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in the Professional Ag Workers Building in Buford Park.
Three seats were up for this year’s election, which will be held Saturday, May 9, but only two races drew challengers.
Incumbent Clay Walker was the last of five to file for the Place 2 post he has held since 2002, when he was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Mike Shing. Walker faced no opponents in 2003 or 2006.
Walker is joined in the race by Claude Walter, owner of AES Walterstart; Bradley Edge, a Sulphur Springs native; Steve Carmody, manager at Lowe’s; and Allen Vaughan, who is retired.
Incumbent Garry Jordan’s Place 1 council post also drew multiple candidates. His challengers are Craig Johnson, owner of Kramerica Outdoor Advertising, and Jordan Horne, who filed on the last day to sign up.
One other seat on the council is also up for election, but incumbent Oscar Aguilar was the only person to file in Place 3, virtually assuring he will be automatically re-elected.
Municipal elections will be held on Saturday, May 9. Early voting is scheduled to begin Monday, April 27, and continue until May 5. Thursday, April 9, is the last day to register to vote in the election.
Cain said Republican Party members have made “Soup” the theme for their meeting menu. Everyone is being asked to bring a favorite soup, cracker, cornbread, cheese, etc.
“Desserts, of course, are also always welcome,” Cain added, but also noted it is not a requirement to bring food.
“The Hopkins County Republican Party is dedicated to giving the citizens of Hopkins County every opportunity to know and evaluate candidates who are seeking an office of public service,” Cain stated in the press release. “Please take this opportunity to say ‘Thank You’ to the citizens who have taken the time to place their names on the ballot and be an active part of the governmental process.”
This will be Cain’s first meeting as chair of the local Republican Party faithful. The Executive Committee of the Hopkins County Republican Party elected Cain, a former nominee for state district judge, as chairman in February.
Cain, an attorney who lives in the Como area, was the Republican Party’s nominee in the November General Election for 62nd Judicial District Judge. He won in three of the district’s counties — Hopkins, Delta and Rains — but lost by an even larger margin in Lamar County, the home of his opponent, incumbent Judge Scott McDowell.
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