Early voting begins Monday

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, April 20, 2019
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Can’t wait to cast a vote in local elections? You’re in luck – the first opportunity to vote is Monday.

Early voting for the May 4 city council and school board elections begins Monday, April 22 and runs through April 30.

Votes may be cast from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays during the early voting period with the exception of extended hours voting on both Tuesdays when polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The one exception is voting at Chico City Hall, where polls will be open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays with the 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. extended hours voting on both Tuesdays.

Here’s a look at who’s on the ballot and where to vote:


Voters in Decatur will have a number of choices in both city council and school board races.

In the Decatur City election, voters will decide between Susan Cocanougher, Jake Hayes and Justin Horton for Place 2; Eddie Allen and Will Carpenter for Place 4; and Randy Parker and Melinda Reeves for Place 6, which is an at-large seat.

In the Decatur School Board election, voters will choose between Stan Shults, Thomas Houchin and Peter Rivera for Place 1 and between Cheri Boyd and Chris Lowery for Place 2.

Early voting for both elections will take place at Decatur City Hall, 201 E. Walnut.

The Wise County Messenger provided candidates in those races with questions. Look for more candidate questionnaire answers in other races to be published in upcoming editions of the Messenger.


Voters in the City of Chico will vote between Colleen Self and Rick Bowling for mayor. Kyle Grimes and Gary Fatheree are running for two open council seats.

Early voting will take place at Chico City Hall, 400 S. Hovey.


Alvord school district voters will decide between Rusty Rice and Catey Allen for Place 3 on the school board. Daniel Ruddick and Mark Gose are each running unopposed for Places 4 and 5, respectively.

Early voting will take place at Alvord City Hall, 215 W. Elm.


Residents of the City of Bridgeport will have options with two places on the council contested. Bobby Brazier and Vella Alexander are running for Place 4 while Bryson Boyd and Billy Fred Walker are running for Place 5. Jimmy Meyers is running uncontested for Place 3.

Early voting will take place at the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, 1000 Thompson.


Northwest ISD voters will have one contested race to decide. Torie Stephens Bonty, DeAnne Hatfield, Marty Baylor and Peter Dewing are all running for Place 1 on the school board.

Early voting will take place at Aurora City Hall, 303 Derting Road.


Some residents of Aurora will also have contested races to consider for city council. Rick Boland and Deb Terrell are running for the Ward II spot, and Jason Priakos and Rick Smith are running for Ward III. Terry Solomon is running unopposed for mayor and Bill McCurdy is unopposed for Ward I.

Early voting will take place at Aurora City Hall.

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