By Michael V. Hannigan – The News Staff
It is time to go to the polls again.
Early voting in the November General Election will get under way Monday, Oct. 22 and run through Friday, Nov. 2.
Early voting in Henderson County will be at the following locations:
– Seven Points City Hall, 428 E. Cedar Creek Pkwy, Seven Points, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
– Chandler Community Center, 811 Hwy 31 East, Chandler, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
– Henderson County Election Center, 201 E. Larkin Street, Athens, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
While the big item is the Presidential election, there are also contests for sheriff, commissioner, tax assessor, and constable.
There are also several important local elections on the ballot. There will be school board elections in Malakoff and Cross Roads, plus there will be liquor election in Malakoff and a bond election in Cross Roads.
Both incumbent Ray Nutt (R) and Bill Burton (D) ran opposed in the primary, but will face each other in the race for Henderson County Sheriff.
Scotty Thomas (R) fought off a large field of challengers in the primaries, while David McGlaun (D) ran unopposed. Now they face each other for the right to replace the retiring Pct. 1 Commissioner Joe Hall.
Incumbent Milburn Chaney (R) will take on Bryan Barker in the tax assessor’s race.
In the Pct. 5 Constable race, incumbent Brand Miers (R) faces Rick Simmons (D).
In the District 5 Congressional race, incumbent Jeb Hensarling (R) will face Henderson County resident Linda Mrosko (D).
Those who ran unopposed included: County Attorney Clint Davis, District Attorney Scott McKee, Pct. 4 Constable Richard Stewart, 3rd Judicial District Judge Mark A. Calhoun, and 392nd District Judge Carter Tarrance.
Those who won in the primaries, but face no opposition in the General Election include: District 4 State Rep. Lance Gooden (R), District 10 State Rep. Jim Pitts (R), Pct. 1 Constable Daryl Graham (D), Pct. 2 Constable Norman Terry (R), Pct. 3 Constable David Grubbs (R).
SCHOOL BOARD RACES
Malakoff ISD has five candidates for three open seats, but only two of them will be listed on the ballot.
Incumbent Rick Vieregge and Billy Sparks will be on the ballot, and there will be three blank spots for write-in candidates David Hennessee, Stacey Killough, and Michael Monroe.
Officials at the Henderson County Voters Registration Office said the names of the write-in candidates will be posted at the polling place, just not on the ballot.
The names of write-in candidates do not have to be spelled correctly to be counted, however it will have to be obvious to election officials which candidate was being selected.
Cross Roads ISD has a large slate of candidates vying for four seats. Voters can select between incumbents Gayle Harmon, Darren Himes, and Pam Underhill Cole, and challengers Jason Arden, William Russell Giles Jr., Scott McCurley, Randy Norwood, Shelly Robertson and John Weaver.
Voters in Malakoff will be deciding whether to allow the sale of all alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption. In practical terms, if approved liquor stores (not just beer and wine) will be allowed in the city.
In November 2008, Malakoff voters approved the sale of beer and wine for off-premises consumption by a close 331-315 margin. The sale of mixed beverages in restaurants by food and beverage certificate holders was approved 383-248.
Voters in Cross Roads ISD will decide on a $5,995,000 bond to fund an agricultural sciences facility and a multipurpose building, which will contain a new gym and science classrooms.
The main components of the proposed project include:
– Ag Building: The facility is projected to cover 6,720 square feet and include two classrooms. The current ag building is 5,000 square feet.
– Multipurpose Building: The multipurpose building plans call for a 26,635 square-foot facility to house a 500-seat gym, locker rooms, coaches offices, and two fully-equipped science classrooms. Currently plans call for the gym to have stadium (individual) seating.
– Parking: The project also includes a new concrete lot, with lighting and more than 150 parking spaces.
Both facilities would be built behind the current high school and next to the football field.