Athens Review, Athens, Texas

October 17, 2013

Early voting begins

Polls open on Monday

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — Early voting begins in Henderson County on Monday to decide a slate of amendments to the state constitution. Some locations in the county will also have local questions to decide.

The early voting period will run through Nov. 1 for the Nov. 5 election. Ballots can be cast at the Henderson County Election Center on Larkin Street, the Seven Points City Hall and the Chandler Courthouse Annex.

The Coffee City Place 2 council seat has drawn four candidates, including Adam Richard Gonzales, L. Savage, Sandy Atteberry and Lee David Mitchell. The only candidate in Place 4 is Pam Drost.

Tool is choosing a mayor and council members. For mayor, Tamra J. Brickey and A.J. Red Phillips are filed. The council candidates are Nathan C. Reeder and Donald E. Daniel.

Payne Springs also has a council race. Ron Spahlinger, Ethel Hagin, David Renberg, Joshua Renberg and Linda Carr are filed. According to an Athens Review story, David and Joshua Renberg have decided to drop out of the race, but not in time to get their names removed from the ballot.

Malakoff will decide whether of not to create a crime control and crime prevention. A “yes” vote is to create the district, and allow a tax to fund it for a period of five years.

There are two local-option elections in the county.  One is in Gun Barrel City for mixed beverages in restaurants by food and beverage certificate only.  The other is in Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 in the eastern part of the county.

Another portion of the county will vote on a proposition to create Emergency Services District No. 7. Emergency Services District No. 7, which will encompass an area north of Athens served by North 19 Fire Rescue, since the department was formed in 2007. ESDs are political subdivisions established by local voters for the purpose of raising money through ad-valorem taxes on all real property located within the district.

The county had two ESD elections in May.  Murchison-area voters also disapproved of Emergency Services District No. 8. The question failed by a count of 95 to 53. In the Westside Volunteer Fire Department area on Lake Palestine, voters approved District 6 by a count of 59 to 12.