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One candidate added to May 14 local ballots
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TRINITY – Incumbent City Councilman Neal Smith was the only candidate over the last week to add his name to the list of candidates seeking office during the May 14 local elections. The Trinity City Council, Trinity School Board and Trinity Memorial Hospital District Board are all holding elections that day to fill terms that are expiring. Filing in all three elections got underway on Feb. 14 and will end on March 14. Smith, who currently serves as the Position 4 councilman, is being challenged by Phillip Morrison. Also on this year’s city ballot is the Position 5 seat now held by Billy Joe Slaughter. As of Monday, Slaughter was the only candidate to file in that race. Both positions carry two-year terms of office. Candidates wishing to enter the city council race may file at the Trinity City Hall weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the Trinity Independent School District’s board of trustee election, two three-year terms are scheduled to be on the ballot. Incumbents Dorothy Franklin and L.C. Courtney were the only candidates to have filed early this week. In the school races, candidates all run at-large, with the two who garner the most votes winning the seats. Those wishing to file in the school race may do so at the TISD Administrative Office at 101 W. Jefferson Street in Trinity during regular business hours. Hospital board incumbents whose two-year terms are expiring this year include Jim Rippey in Position 1, Marguery Williams in Position 3, Lois Saldana in Position 5, Cheryl Spearman in Position 7 and Jerry Russ in Position 9. As of Monday, the five incumbents are the only ones who have filed as candidates. Under the law creating the district, all candidates for Position 1 must reside in Trinity County’s Commissioner Precinct 1 and all candidates for Position 3 must reside in Trinity County’s Commissioners Precinct 3. Candidate applications may be picked up and filed with Pat King at East Texas Medical Center-Trinity during business hours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. They may be obtained or filed with the ETMC front business office on Tuesdays and Fridays.