Williams, Hamiter in runoff for City Council
Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor

May 9, 2005 -- A runoff developed in the race for Place 7 on Sulphur Springs city council Saturday while voters overwhelmingly returned three incumbent candidates to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital board. In Sulphur Springs Independent School District election, voters re-elected one candidate and picked a long-time educator for the the other vacancy on the board.

In the city council election, college student Yolanda Williams and investor and developer Dan Hamiter will face off in a runoff election for the Place 7 seat being vacated by Lydia Bryant.

With 813 total votes cast in the city election, Dan Hamiter received 287 votes and Yolanda trailed by only 14 votes with 273 to advance into a runoff election.

Bobby Bankston, owner of Memorial Monument, was a close third in the election with 253 votes.

City Secretary Gale Roberts said the council would canvass the election returns in a called meeting set for Tuesday, May 17. The council must also call for the runoff election. The earliest a runoff election could be scheduled would be Saturday, June 11.

In the school board election, incumbent Jackie Brice was reelected to one of two at-large seats and long-time educator John M. "Jack" Chubb was picked for the other trustee position out of a field of four candidates.

With barely more than 14 percent of eligible voters going to the polls, Jackie Brice received 689 votes and Chubb received 625 while Stacy Cody received 431 votes and Rob Stanley received 211 votes.

The Sulphur Springs school board will meet on Monday, May 16, to canvass the votes and declare the election returns official.

There will be no changes on the board of directors at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital after Saturday's election. Incumbents Tim Kelty, Dr. I.L. Balkcom and William Zahn were reelected to their at-large seats.

Dr. Balkcom led in the race with 957 votes followed by Tim Kelty, who received 842 votes, and William Zahn with 754 votes.

Challenger Stacy Hollis received 386 votes in the election.

Ester Vaughn, who withdrew from the election but was still listed on the ballot received 278 votes.

Voter turnout for the hospital board election was also light with only 2,939 of the district's more than 20,000 registered voters going to the polls.

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