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May 9, 2013

Election day is Saturday

Officials say 636 ballots were cast in early voting

Athens — Election Day arrives Saturday with a full slate of Athens Independent School District Board races among those to be decided.

All three AISD incumbents drew opposition this time around. Place 5 Trustee Raymond Williams, who joined the board in 2008, is opposed by Blu Nicholson and Vance Vaughn. Place 6 Trustee David Freeman, on the board since 2001, is challenged by longtime AISD educator Mary Ann Tyner and Niki Killingsworth. Place 7, where Robert Spears has served since 2001, is opposed by Jacqueline Soloman.

A total of 636 early votes were cast in the Athens ISD election, below the 1,247 in the 2011 election when school board races were coupled with a bond proposal. There was no AISD race last May. Election-day voting will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In Murchison, where a local option election for the sale of alcoholic beverages is on the ballot, more than 50 early votes were tallied, Mayor Deanna Benson said. Voting on Saturday will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Murchison school.

Two emergency services district votes are also set for Saturday. The area served by the Westside Volunteer Fire Department will vote on whether to create Emergency Service District No. 6. When early balloting ended on Tuesday, the vote total stood at 22.

Precincts 3B, 3C and 3WS will vote at Westside Volunteer Fire Department at 2563 Farm-to-Market Road 315, south of Chandler. Precincts 4CC and 4MS will vote at Coffee City Community Center at 7019 Pleasant Ridge Road.

Murchison area voters will decide whether to create Emergency Services District No. 8. The early vote count for the ESD was 31. Precincts 3N and 3M will vote at Murchison ISD at 9661 E. Bankhead St. Voters in 4SE will go to the Faith Fellowship Church at 5330 Highway 175 East, in Athens.

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