Chandler voters passed propositions for the legal sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption and for the legal sale of mixed beverages in restaurants.
Alcohol propositions also were on the ballot in Malakoff and Trinidad. A spokeswoman for the Henderson County Elections Office referred questions about election totals in those and other city and school elections to local officials who could not be reached for comment.
In Chandler, the proposition for the legal sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption received 586 votes, or 58.13 percent, in favor and 422 votes, or 41.87 percent, opposed, the unofficial tally showed.
The second alcohol proposition on the ballot in Chandler for legal sale of mixed beverages by food and beverage in restaurants passed with 613 votes for, or 60.57 percent, and 399 votes, or 39.43 percent, opposed, according to the unofficial returns.
A group called Buy Chandler First had led the push for the alcohol election. The committee hired Texas Petition Strategies to gather signatures on petitions to force the Chandler City Council to call the election.
The committee expressed concerns that if alcohol propositions in neighboring Tyler and Smith County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 passed, Chandler stores could lose business. The committee further predicted, based on studies, that authorizing alcohol sales could cause a big spurt in business in Chandler.
Rick Gray, pastor of Faith Baptist Church, opposed the alcohol propositions, voicing concern about the possibility of increased drunkenness on the streets.
Malakoff residents voted on the proposed legal sale of all alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption. Trinidad residents voted on the proposed legal sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption. Vote tallies in both towns were not released immediately.
Meanwhile, voters in Cross Roads ISD voted on a $5.9 million bond issue to fund construction of a multipurpose building to house agriculture classrooms and shops, two science labs and additional parking for the high school. Results of the vote could not be obtained Tuesday night.