Voters make choices for council, school board
Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor

May 15, 2006 - Voters went to the polls Saturday to elect representatives to city councils and school boards.

Sulphur Springs voters settled the two-way race for the Place 3 seat on the city council by a wide margin. Oscar Aguilar was the popular choice with 398 votes, more than 72 percent of the total votes cast, and defeated Pat Murray, who received 154 votes.

After learning of the election outcome, Aguilar said he was excited.

"It was very overwhelming that the people had come out and I won by that margin," Aguilar said. "It was very pleasing that I had that much support from the folks in the community."

The city council has scheduled a called a meeting for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Room to canvass the election returns and declare the returns official. The newly elected council member will be sworn in and seated in the regular June council meeting.

Aguilar, who is a funeral director at West Oaks Funeral Home, said before the election that he was interested in working to further the growth of Sulphur Springs, but said he would take first things first.

"First of all, I will be learning how the city works and how different entities in the city function and work and learn a little bit of what goes on behind the scenes in the community," he said. "Then, I will try to implement those ideas in my head to make it work better and try to help everyone within those groups to make it more efficient and work better for all of us."

In Sulphur Springs Independent School District, voters were faced with choosing from three candidates to fill two at-large seats on the board of trustees.

The two candidates receiving the largest number of votes will fill the two seats.

Banker Don Sapaugh was the leader of the pack in the school board race, receiving 574 votes -- more than 40 percent of the 1,434, votes cast in the election.

Incumbent board member Judy Gillem, who said she only wanted to serve one more term and to see work started with the passage last year of a multi-million dollar bond issue completed, received 471 votes, or 32 percent of the total vote.

Oscar Medelline was the losing candidate in the school board election with a total 389 votes.

The Sulphur Springs School Board has a called meeting set for noon Tuesday to canvas the election and declare the returns official.

In Como only 55 votes were cast and voters chose former council member Donald Meeks over opponent  James W. Carroll by a three-vote margin. Meeks received 29 votes and Carroll received 26 votes.

A write-in challenger for the mayor's seat in Cumby came up way short when the votes were totaled in that city Saturday.

Former mayor Gary Cline received only 29 votes in his race to unseat Mayor Kenneth Gaines in his bid for reelection.

Gaines, with 138 votes, received more than 82 percent of the 167 votes cast in the Cumby election.

Election officials in all the elections said that voter turn out was extremely light when compared to the numbers of registered voters.

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