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More than 50 on school board, city council ballots

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, May 10, 2014

Fifty-three candidates are seeking 21 school board and city council positions in today’s elections across the county.

Alvord, Bridgeport, Newark and Rhome all have contested city council races, and six school districts – Alvord, Bridgeport, Boyd, Decatur, Chico and Northwest – have contested races for their boards of trustees.

Early voting ran April 28 through May 6, and polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. (See below for polling locations.)

Results will be posted at WCMessenger.com as they’re available.

ALVORD CITY COUNCIL

Incumbents Kirk Gibson (place 3) and Jim Enochs (place 5) are unopposed for re-election, but three people are competing for place 4.

Debra McKelvain, Shane Raney and Lenda Barnes are seeking the spot, which opened when Megan Adams opted not to run again.

ALVORD SCHOOL BOARD

Three candidates – Lex Williams, Tracy Barclay Parker and Lance Thweatt – filed for place 6, but Williams has since informally withdrawn from the race. His name will appear on the ballot, but he’s asked his supporters to vote for another candidate.

Place 6 was vacated last June by the resignation of trustee Randy Hamilton, who had served two years of a three-year term.

Incumbent Jeannette Ward has an opponent in her bid for re-election to place 7 – Charles Neal Matthews.

BOYD SCHOOL BOARD

Boyd ISD has one contested race.

Three candidates – Jake Tackett, Mikeul Fite and Cathy Gordon – are seeking place 2, which opened up when Pam Galloway opted not to seek another term.

Incumbent Jana Tate is unopposed for place 3, and Rebecca Parr has no opponent for place 1 after Kim Hudson decided not to seek re-election.

BRIDGEPORT CITY COUNCIL

Kathy Kennedy and Corey Lane are seeking the job of Bridgeport mayor.

Place 1 incumbent A.Z. Smith drew an opponent, David Correll.

In place 2, Calvin Coursey and Art Velasquez are seeking the spot vacated by Kennedy when she chose to run for mayor.

Jimmy Meyers is unopposed in his bid for re-election to place 3.

BRIDGEPORT SCHOOL BOARD

The Bridgeport ISD Board of Trustees has three candidates for one spot and four for another.

Incumbent Ken Kilpatrick seeks re-election to place 6 while Donald Majka and Scott Hiler are also seeking that position.

In place 7, Robert Marlett, Steve Stanford, Loretta Hill and Steven Lara are seeking the spot vacated when incumbent Marti Hines withdrew from the race.

CHICO SCHOOL BOARD

Two incumbents are seeking re-election with one opponent each.

G.A. Buckner is opposed in his re-election bid for place 6 by J.D. Coffman, while incumbent Doug Bowyer in place 7 is challenged by Noel Ruddick.

DECATUR SCHOOL BOARD

With the decision of longtime trustee Alan White not to seek re-election, three men are seeking place 3: Jim Lamirand, Pete Rivera and Ricky Stutt.

In place 4, incumbent Dr. Jeff Alling is opposed by Charles Ross.

NEWARK CITY COUNCIL

Two special elections are being held after a pair of vacant positions were filled by appointment last year.

Mayor Gary Van Wagner is opposed by Darla Loggains in his bid to win the seat to which he was appointed. Mark Wondolowski is the only candidate for place 4, which was filled by the appointment of Taylor Burton last year.

Place 1 has two candidates vying for the seat now held by Robert Wells, who chose not to seek another term. Monique Murray and Cary Mellema are both signed up to run.

Incumbents Doug Anderson (place 2) and Linda Anderson (Place 3) are unopposed in their re-election efforts.

NORTHWEST SCHOOL BOARD

A pair of incumbents each drew an opponent, and one wide-open race for an empty seat attracted five candidates in the Northwest ISD.

Place 5 trustee Devonna Holland is challenged in her re-election bid by Jerry Burkett, while board president Mel Fuller has opposition from Doug Smith in his bid for re-election to place 7.

Place 6, vacated when trustee Kerry Jones resigned, is sought by Kristi Wade, Edward Mergenthal, Lillian Rauch, Andrew Bennett and Stan Durham.

RHOME CITY COUNCIL

Two candidates are seeking the mayor’s job: current council member Louis Godfrey and Mark Lorance.

Two at-large seats are also on the ballot, with incumbents Jo Ann Wilson and Michelle Pittman both seeking re-election. They are challenged by Timothy Robison, Shawn Holliman and Jason Miller.

POLLING LOCATIONS:

ALVORD ISD

Early votes: 448 (This number includes city of Alvord ballots.)
Election day voting 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Alvord City Hall
215 W. Elm St.

CITY OF ALVORD

Early votes: 166
Election day voting 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Alvord City Hall
215 W. Elm St.

BOYD ISD

Early votes: 73
Election day voting 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Community Center
420 E. Morton Ave.

BRIDGEPORT ISD

Early votes: 341 (This number includes city of Bridgeport ballots.)
Election day voting 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Municipal Building
900 Thompson St.

CITY OF BRIDGEPORT

Early votes: 210
Election day voting 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Municipal Building
900 Thompson St.

CHICO ISD

Early votes: 315
Election day voting 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Chico Elementary School Library
1120 Park Road

DECATUR ISD

Early votes: 207
Election day voting 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
DISD Administration Building, north entrance
307 S. Cates St.

CITY OF NEWARK

Early votes: 35
Election day voting 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
City Hall
310 FM 718

NORTHWEST

Early votes: Not available
Election day voting
Precincts 23, 24 (City of Newark and unincorporated), 27 (unincorporated)

Newark Municipal Building
209 Hudson St.
Pct. 6, 24 (City of Rhome), 25, 27 (City of Aurora)
Rhome City Hall
105 W. First St.

CITY OF RHOME

Early votes: 140 (This number includes some Northwest ISD ballots.)
Election day voting 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Rhome City Hall
105 First Street

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