Polls open today for region's city, school elections

Published on Friday, 9 May 2014 23:59 - Written by From Staff Reports

Voters today will hit the polls to decide on a new Tyler mayor as well as council and Tyler school board positions.

Meanwhile, New Chapel Hill voters will weigh in on a proposed $23 million bond issue, while five cities — Canton, Van, Grand Saline, Gilmer and Quitman — are having alcohol elections.

In Tyler, businessmen Martin Heines and Joel Rando are running to replace longtime Mayor Barbara Bass, who could not seek re-election because of term limitations.

Meanwhile, Don Warren and Eleno Licea are vying for the District 4 council seat.

In the race for District 2 on the Tyler school board, Cedrick L. Grandberry Sr. is challenging incumbent Orenthia D. Mason.

In the District 5 race, recently appointed board member Ross Strader faces a challenge from Barbara Ann Smith.

In New Chapel Hill, the school district is seeking $23 million in bonds. The proposal includes renovating and expanding Chapel Hill Middle School by adding up to 15 classes and renovating the band hall. A stage would be added to the cafeteria for the theater department, and the entryway into the campus would be revamped for more security.

In Quitman, Canton, Grand Saline, Van and Gilmer, the alcohol proposals call for wine and beer sales for off-premises consumption as well as mixed beverages in restaurants.