Athens Review, Athens, Texas

May 13, 2013

AISD incumbents hold seats

Williams, Freeman, Spears win by comfortable margins; Murchison votes down liquor

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — Athens re-elected three school board members on Saturday while a local option election for the sale of alcoholic beverages in Murchison failed.

Incumbents did well throughout the county and the Athens Independent School District trustees on the ballot were no exception.

In Place 5, Raymond Williams faced the stoutest competition from longtime educator Dr. Vance Vaughn and Henderson County Juvenile Probation Officer Blu Nicholson. Williams received 524 votes to 389 for Vaughn and 326 for Nicholson.

Place 6 incumbent David Freeman polled 644 votes to 402 for MaryAnn Tyner and 154 for Niki Killingsworth. Place 7 trustee Bob Spears defeated his lone challenger, Jaqueline Solomon, by a 814 to 389 count.

The Murchison local option election for the sale of alcoholic beverages failed 69 to 51. The early vote was even at 33 to 33, but Election Day votes sent the proposition down to defeat.

Murchison area voters also disapproved of Emergency Services District No. 8. The proposal failed by a count of 95 to 53.

In the Lake Palestine area, Emergency Services District No. 6 passed on its second try. The vote was an overwhelming 59 to 12. In November 2011, votes in the area served by the Westside Volunteer Fire Department defeated the ESD proposal 49 to 41.

In Eustace, two city council members won re-election in a three person race. Chris Wood was the top vote-getter, with 41, Randy Johnson also won a new term with 30 votes, while H.A. Graves received 22.

Malakoff voters cast 64 votes for Tim Trimble and 24 for Jeanette King, sending the incumbents to new terms. Ricky Layne Baker, Jr. trailed with 11.

]Log Cabin elected a mayor and two council members. Larry Nolan won the mayor’s race, with 55 votes, to 28 for Ruben Manning. J.D. Helton led in the council race, with 44 votes, followed by Fred Cheek with 40. Vote totals for the other candidates were Tom Garrett, 37,  Renee Davis, 30, and Aaron Scott 15.