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August 28, 2012

County to add school, city elections in November

Athens — November is usually busy enough in a presidential election year. But this time, Henderson County will be adding some school and city council elections, as well.

Because of changes in the federal and state election rules, County Election Administrator Denise Hernandez could not guarantee the availability of voting machines for the May elections on even-numbered years. 

Some entities decided to move their elections to the November General Election date.

Both Malakoff Independent School District and Cross Roads Independent School District will have contested board elections Nov. 6.

When the filing date ended last week, there were five candidates on the Malakoff list.  Seeking the three available seats are Rick Vieregee, Billy Sparks, Michael Monroe, David Hennessee and Stacey Killough. Vieregee is an incumbent.

Cross Roads has four seats available and double that many candidates. The list of those who filed includes Shelly Robertson, Gayle Harmon, Pam Underhill Cole, Darren Himes, William “Russell Giles,” Jr, John Weaver, Randy Norwood and Scott McCurley. Pam Underhill Cole, Darren Himes and Gayle Harmon are incumbents.

The Trinidad Independent School District had scheduled an election to fill three seats, but only drew three candidates. Board President Eric Airheart, Trustee Bill Tart and newcomer Brian Snider have filed. With only three candidates filed, the district can cancel the election.

The LaPoynor Independent School District also had the minimum number of candidates file. Keith Bristow and Stan McCurley have signed up for new terms.

The City of Tool had four candidates file. A.J. Phillips, Fran Sonka, Rick Williams, Cindy Clouch, and Tammy Brickey are on the ballot.

The City of Malakoff will once again vote in a local option election. The vote is to allow the sale of all alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption.

Malakoff voters previously approved the sale of mixed beverages in restaurants and beer, and wine for off-premises consumption only.

Anyone registered by Oct. 9 can vote in the Nov. 6 elections. Early balloting begins Oct. 22 and runs through Nov. 2.

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