Polls open at 7 a.m. Saturday in area city, school elections
By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor
May 11, 2007 - The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday as voters cast ballots to elect representatives in area city and school elections.
Voting will be conducted at the Sulphur Springs Independent School District Administration Building for Sulphur Springs City Council and SSISD board elections. Elections at four rural school districts — Yantis, North Hopkins, and Como-Pickton — will be held at the respective schools, while voting for Cumby's school board will be at Cumby City Hall.
Sulphur Springs City Council
In the City Council race, incumbent Freddie Taylor, who is currently serving as mayor, is challenged by Ronald J. Blount for Place 4. Pat Murray and Gary Spraggins are both seeking election to the Place 5 seat. Larry Powers, who currently holds the Place 5 seat, opted not to file for re-election.
Sulphur Springs ISD
In Sulphur Springs, four people vie for three full-term seats. Incumbents Carolyn Malone Thomas and Foy Williams are challenged by Clay Johnson, a local attorney, and Charles "Mike" Nordin, a lifelong Hopkins County resident. The seats will go to the three candidates receiving the most votes. The other incumbent, Norman Ray Sanders Jr., opted not to seek re-election.
Elections official Judy 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.
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.
At Como-Pickton ballots will be cast in the school cafeteria. Voters will select the three candidates for the at-large seats. Incumbents Brad Carr, Gerald Walters and Abbie Wright are challenged by Tom Hendricks, a market manager at Brookshire's; Mike Mundt, dairyman and milk truck company operator; and Sherrie France, an operations manager.
In Cumby, three candidates will vie for two full-term seats. Incumbents Jody Jarvis, a manager at Pilgrim's Pride, and Jason Hudson, a teacher at Mesquite ISD, are challenged by Samuel Gomez, a power line supervisor. Voting for both at-large spots will be conducted at Cumby City Hall.
North Hopkins' ballot will include six candidates for three seats. Incumbents Brent McQueen, Ricky Glosup and Edgar Clemens are challenged by Randy Harris, RaDona Wright Adams and Lori Ferrell Timko. Voting will be held at the school.
At Yantis, voting will be conducted in the elementary school foyer. Voters will choose trustees for a one-year term, a two-year term, and two for three-year terms.
For the one-year unexpired term, voters will choose from three candidates — Arlan Jaeger, Kristina Shoemaker and Corey Ogle.
Two candidates — Ron McKinney and Betty Caudle — have filed for the two-year unexpired term.
Six candidates — Amber Burnett, Mike Kenney, incumbent Bo West, Karen Dodgen, Tommy Davis and Nathan Crist — are running for the pair of three-year seats.