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Williams wants no votes for school board

By Bob Buckel | Published Saturday, April 5, 2014

Lex Williams, one of three candidates who filed for Place 6 on the Alvord school board, told the Messenger this week that he wishes to drop out of the race.

“I’ve stopped campaigning,” he said. “I talked to the school district last week and they’ve already printed the ballot, so it’s too late to get off.”

The board seat has been open since the resignation of Randy Hamilton last June. Williams, Lance Thweatt and Tracy Barclay Parker all filed for the position for the May 10 school board election.

Williams said he wants to direct his supporters to Thweatt.

“I’m trying to turn everybody I’ve talked to toward Lance,” he said. “I think he’ll be a good candidate for the board right now.”

Williams, an electrician who works in Grand Prairie, has lived in Alvord ISD for the past four years. He pointed out that Thweatt grew up in Alvord and knows the community much better.

“It seems like right now they’re just so split,” he said.

He added that he may run for a school board seat next year, but said right now he thinks Thweatt is a stronger candidate.

One other board seat is on this year’s ballot. Place 7 trustee Jeannette Ward is seeking re-election, opposed by Charles Matthews.

Early voting begins April 28. The last day to register to vote is next Thursday, April 10.

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