Early voting for municipal elections this week

Hunt County – Hunt County voters Monday can start making their decisions for the May 10 elections. Throughout the county, votes will be cast for city councils, school district boards and the boards of the county's special and municipal utility districts, against taxing measures and for or against huge bond issues.

In Commerce, early voting will take place between 8:15 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. weekdays at Commerce City Hall from now through May 6, with extended early voting hours between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on April 30 and May 1.

In the Bland Independent School District, early voting will take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays at the Bland ISD administration building from now through May 6, with extended early voting hours at the same location between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on May 1 and May 6.

All other voting will be conducted at the Hunt County Voter Administration Office in downtown Greenville between now through May 6. Early voting hours will be from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. weekdays, with extended early voting hours between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on April 29 and May 1. Early voting will also be conducted at the Hunt County Voter Administration Office for all of the utility district elections.

The following is a complete list of candidates and issues to appear on all Hunt County ballots May 10.

In Celeste, James L. Johnson, Roger Seals, Joel Gibson and John Mize are running for three open seats on the Council.

In Commerce, Tim Johnson, John Sands, and Quay Throgmorton are running for Mayor; while Elmer Hall, Chris Eliason and Billie Biggerstaff are seeking the Council Place 2 seat and Bob Monday, Russell Lutes and Billy Taylor are vying for the Place 4 spot. Voters in Commerce are also deciding the fate of a $3 million bond package for street improvements.

There is only one race in Greenville May 10, with Victoria Rogers and Hattie Tennison competing for the Place 4 seat on the City Council.

In Lone Oak, Wes Owen is the only candidate to have announced he is running for Mayor, but there is room on the ballot for a write-in candidate. Gaylon Stogner and Harold Slemmons are vying for Place 2 on the Council, also with a write-in spot on the ballot. Shirley Hooten Stogner and Sue Suits Hales are meeting for the Place 4 seat on the Council.

In Quinlan, Carolyn Strickland, Mike Kerr and Michael Reagan are vying for the City Council Place 1 seat; Clellan Foster, Ash Harmon, Richey Whitehead are competing for the Place 3 position; even as William R. Howell and Richard Whitehead are seeking the Place 5 seat on the Council.

In Hunt County's newest city of Union Valley, Eddie Chris Elliott is the sole candidate for Mayor, while Jeffrey A. Francis, Michelle Oznick and Daniel Wayne Council are competing for two open spots on the City Commission. Voters in Union Valley are also being asked whether they are in favor of a one percent sales and use tax, as well as their thoughts on a non-binding referendum, to see whether they would someday support a small property tax to expand the Union Valley Fire Station and to be able to house the City Hall and possibly have a Hunt County Sheriff's substation. The intention of the referendum is to possibly have a property tax of $.08 per $100.00 value capped at $150,000, or $10 per month/$120 per year.

Voters in Wolfe City will be choosing three members of the City Council between Chad Hogan, Jimmy Ebert, Bryan Creed and Joe Hodge.

And in West Tawakoni, Pete Yoho is the only candidate for Mayor, with Gerald Rosie Rosebure alone in seeking the Place 2 Council seat and Bill J. McKee, Carol J. Solomon and Edward D. Roman competing for the Place 4 Council seat. Winston Dennis is the only candidate running for an unexpired term in Council Place 5.

Now, for a look at the school district races across Hunt County:

A $15 million bond issue is the only item on the Bland ISD ballot. The bonds, if approved, would be used primarily for the construction of a new elementary school. But, school district officials said if the Existing Debt Allotment (EDA) state aid is rolled forward, the district would build a new middle school adjacent to the new elementary school with the anticipated $2.4 million in state aid. The expected tax rate to pay for the schools is $1.54 per $100 valuation, which would increase property taxes for an average-valued home in the district by $23.48 per month.

Voters in the Caddo Mills ISD will be choosing two trustees between Wes Ferrell, Carolyn Swafford, Andy Guthrey, Patsy Wygal Locker and Jim Ayo.

Four candidates are seeking two seats for full terms on the Celeste ISD board; including Ronnie Steen, James Little, Marty Burke and Don Armstrong. One candidate, Ken Wilgus, is running for an unexpired, one-year term on the board

There are three seats up for grabs on the Greenville ISD board this year. In District 2, Trena Stafford is facing James Bland. In District 3, Kim Hunt Butcher is competing against Steve Tippit. In District 4, Randy L. Wineinger is facing Duane May.

Four candidates are seeking two seats on the Lone Oak ISD board; including Jerry G. Glick, Thomas Patterson, Alan Ray Wallen and Jerry L. Denton.

Places 6 and 7 on the Quinlan ISD board will be chosen May 10. Rodney S. Wolfe and Eric Kleiber are vying for the Place 6 seat, while Rusty Case is unopposed in seeking the Place 7 post.

Four people are seeking two seats on the Wolfe City ISD board; Sean George, Phil Tanner, Ron Ferguson and Sandra Murphey.

And finally, a look at the races for the county's special and municipal utility districts:

The four propositions on the Verandah Municipal Utility District ballot are exactly the same as those that were on the district's special election ballot last November; namely $64.56 million in bonds for water, sewer and drainage improvements, $71.675 million in bonds for road improvements, $96.84 million in refunding bonds for water and sewer improvements and $107.5 million in refunding road bonds. Two people, Joseph Counter and Glenn Purcell, are vying for two spots on the utility district's board of directors.

Three people are competing for two placed on the Board of Directors of the Combined Consumers Special Utility District; W. Ward Guffey, Rick Little and Andy Yates.

Four people are seeking three spots on the Board of Directors of the Hickory Creek Special Utility District; Bill Ashworth, Kern Morris, Robert Childress and Troyce Woodruff.