|Candidates set up contested races in local municipal, hospital elections|
|Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor|
March 14, 2006 -- As the deadline for filing as a candidate in area municipal and hospital elections passed at 5 p.m. Monday, a number of contested races evolved.
Sulphur Springs City Council
In Sulphur Springs, a two-man race developed for the Place 3 council seat being vacated by Joe Crouch. Oscar Aguilar, funeral director at West Oaks Funeral Home, and military retiree Pat Murray are paired for the May 13 city election.
Incumbent council members Garry Jordan, in Place 1, and Clay Walker, in Place 2, are unopposed in their re-election bids.
Memorial Hospital Board of Directors
The two incumbents on Hopkins County Memorial Hospital's board of directors, Jan Chapman and Chad Young, were assured of serving additional terms on the hospital board after no challengers filed to oppose their re-elections.
With no contested races, the hospital district has the option to forego an election and declare the incumbents elected for new terms on the board.
Cumby City Commission
In Cumby, a two-way race developed for Place 1 City Commissioner between Travis Baxley and Gary Cline.
Kenneth Gaines is unopposed in his campaign for the office of mayor in Cumby, as is LaVerne Battle in her bid for Place 3 on the Cumby City Commission.
Como City Commission
With all three city council seats on the ballot in Como, only the race for water commissioner is contested. Former council member Donald W. Meeks is being opposed by James W. Carroll for the water commissioner's post.
Como Mayor Roy Darby did not draw any opposition in seek ing a second term at the helm of the community.
Margaret Carpenter, incumbent street commissioner, is also unopposed in her bid for a second term in the council seat held for many years by her husband, Billy Carpenter.
Early voting for these elections will begin on Monday, May 1, and continue through 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 9.