Early voting ends today; election Saturday

Published on Monday, 5 May 2014 22:45 - Written by Staff Reports

Today is the final day for early voting for the Saturday elections. Various city and school board elections will determine future mayors, council and board members and additions and renovations to school buildings.

More than 1,900 people came to the polls during the first six days of early voting in Smith County. Early voting totals show that 1,290 city of Tyler, Tyler ISD and Whitehouse ISD voters also had been to the polls as of Monday.

By that same day, 209 Chapel Hill ISD voters, 217 Bullard ISD voters, 29 city of Lindale voters, 58 city of Winona voters, 70 city of Troup voters and 75 city of Arp voters had been to the polls.

In Tyler, voters are electing a mayor between candidates Joel Rando and Martin Heines. Voters also are determining the District 4 Tyler City Council representative between candidates Eleno Licea and Don Warren.

In Tyler ISD, Cedrick Granberry is running for the District 2 school board position against incumbent the Rev. Orenthia Mason, who is board president.

In the District 5 school board race, Barbara Smith faces off against incumbent Ross Strader, who was appointed by the board to fill the position in December 2013 after the previous board member resigned.

Whitehouse ISD voters are deciding who fills the Place 1, 2 and 3 positions on the school board.

In Chapel Hill ISD, voters are determining whether a $21 million bond proposal will pass. If approved, the bonds would fund additions and renovations at the district’s middle and high schools, football stadium, baseball/softball complex, and Wise, Kissam and Jackson elementary schools. In addition, a district operations facility would be built.

Chapel Hill ISD voters also would decide who fills the Place 4 position on the school board.

In Bullard ISD, voters are deciding who will fill the Place 1 and 3 school board positions.

Winona voters are deciding who to elect for mayor and two at-large places for alderman. Troup voters are electing a mayor, and Lindale voters are electing a representative for Place 2 on the city council.