Voters in the upcoming Sulphur Springs school bond election can learn more about the upcoming election at separate voter forums Thursday night.Both the Hopkins County Republican Party and Hopkins County Democratic Women will host the separate forums on the proposed $48.4 million bond to build a new middle school and make other improvements.
The Democratic Women’s annual forum will also include candidates for the two seats up for election on the Sulphur Springs City Council.Members of the Hopkins County Republican Party will be sponsoring the first forum at the Professional Ag Workers building in Buford Park. The site is the blue building located across the parking area from the swimming pool in the city park.
The session begins with an executive meeting at 5:30 p.m., followed by the school bond forum at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Scheduled speakers from SSISD at the forum include Superintendent Patsy Bolton, Director of Finance Miki Eddins and board of trustees representative Jacqueline Brice.
The three are expected to discuss specifics about the bond proposal, with questions being taken from the floor afterward.
“This would be a good time to come and learn more about this important election and what your tax dollars are buying,” said Hopkins County Republican Party Chairman Erwin R. Cain.
Meanwhile, the Hopkins County Democratic Women will host its annual candidate forum, which will also include discussion on the bond election, beginning with a “meet and greet” at 6:30 p.m. at the SSISD Administration Building, 631 Connally St.
The eight candidates for two seats on the Sulphur Springs City Council have been invited to speak
Beginning at 7 p.m., the candidates will be given five minutes for opening remarks. A question-and-answer session will follow. All questions must be submitted in writing, and only issue-oriented queries will be allowed. The submitted questions will be read by the moderator, Enola Gay Mathews.
Running for the Place 2 seat are incumbent Clay Walker and challengers Claude Walter, Bradley Edge, Steve Carmody and Allen Vaughan.
The other seat up for election, Place 1, is currently held by Garry Jordan, who is seeking re-election. He is challenged by Craig Johnson and Jordan Horne.
All except for Garry Jordan are expected to show up for the forum, according to Bill Brannon, chairman of the Hopkins County Democratic Party.
“I’ve heard that he’s going to be out of town,” Brannon said.
Bill Brannon, chairman of the Hopkins County Democratic Party, said at least one person will discuss the bond election during the voter forum.
“I know Judy Gillem will be speaking,” Brannon said, referring to the outgoing school board member who chose not to seek re-election. He also said the two school board candidates, Don Sapaugh and Jason Dietze, may speak about the bond, even though the election will not be held as they are unopposed for the two seats.
“I assume they will have a posture on it, as well,” Brannon said.
Early voting in the bond and City Council elections will be held from Monday, April 27, through Tuesday, May 5, at the Sulphur Springs Municipal Building, 125 South Davis St. Except for two days, the early balloting times are weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The exceptions are on April 28 and 30, when the polling site at City Hall will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to give more people opportunities to cast ballots in the early voting period.
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