Filing for city council, school board seats begins next week

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Feb. 11, 2007 - Filing begins next week in Sulphur Springs for seats on both the City Council and school board.

Filing for two seats on the Sulphur Springs City Council starts Monday. The Place 4 seat held by current Mayor Freddie Taylor and Place 5 seat of Larry Powers are up for election this year.

Council members serve three-year terms. Taylor is finishing his first stint on the panel, while Powers has served as a councilman since he was first elected in 1995.

The council seats are divided into seven places, but there are no geographic residency requirements other than council members must live inside the Sulphur Springs city limits.

Filing continues until March 12.

Contact the city secretary's office (903-885-7541) at the Sulphur Springs Municipal Building, 125 South Davis St., for information on filing for candidacy.

Filing for the three full-term seats on Sulphur Springs Independent School District's Board of Education begins Tuesday, Feb. 13, and will continue through Monday, March 12.

Norman Sanders, Carolyn Thomas and Foy Williams are currently serving in the three posts which will be up for election in May. Sanders will complete his second consecutive term on the board, while Thomas and Williams will finish their first terms.

Candidate filing to run in the election will be conducted from Feb. 13 through March 12 in the tax office at SSISD Administration Building, 631 Connally St. Filing hours are Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those applying should see election official Judy Gregg in the tax office to pick up packets to register. 

Those applying for candidacy must be 18 years old or older, have lived in Texas for 12 months and in the district six months prior to the election. They must also never have been found to be mentally incompetent nor ever convicted of a felony offense.

The election to determine who will serve in the three seats will be held Saturday, May 12, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at SSISD Administration Building. City and hospital elections will also be held along side the school board election May 12 at the school administration building.

Early voting in the trustee election will be conducted weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 30-May 8, at the Sulphur Springs Municipal Building, 125 South Davis St. Votes may be cast either on the new voting machines or by paper ballot during both early voting and on election day, according to Gregg.

Requests for applications for ballots by mail may made to City Secretary Gayle Roberts, 125 South Davis St. Applications for ballots must be received no later than the close of business on May 4.

Patty Morgan will serve as election judge and Cecile Littlefield as alternate election judge. They can appoint up to eight election clerks to assist them in their duties.

The last day to register to vote in the May trustee election will be April 12, the requisite 30 days prior to the election. To register to vote contact the county tax office, 118 Main St., no later than April 12. 

Gregg reminds that all voters will be required to present either a valid driver's license or their voter certificate, as the Secretary of State's Office is cracking down on that voting requirement.

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