Early voting ends Tuesday; election May 10

Published on Sunday, 4 May 2014 00:06 - Written by From Staff Reports

More than 1,300 people came to the polls during the first week of early voting in Smith County. Various city and school board elections will determine future mayors, council and board members and additions and renovations to school buildings.

Early voting totals show that 885 city of Tyler, Tyler ISD and Whitehouse ISD voters had been to the polls as of Friday.

By that same day, 174 Chapel Hill ISD voters, 154 Bullard ISD voters, 22 city of Lindale voters, 35 city of Winona voters, 50 city of Troup voters and 61 city of Arp voters had been to the polls.

Early voting for the May 10 limited uniform election date ends Tuesday.

In Tyler, voters are electing a mayor from candidates Joel Rando and Martin Heines. Voters also are determining the District 4 Tyler City Council representative from 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 while Lindale voters are electing a representative for Place 2 on the city council.