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Candidate field small for May 14 local races
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TRINITY – There will be only two contested races for voters to decide when they go to the election polls on May 14. Filing for places on the ballot ended Monday with only one candidate being added over the previous two weeks in the city, school and hospital district elections. In the Trinity School Board election, only incumbent board members Dorothy Franklin and L.C. Courtney filed for the three-year terms. Because they have no opponents, the school board is expected to cancel their election and declare Franklin and Courtney as the winners. During the closing days of the filing period, the only new candidate to put their name on one of the local ballots was Janice Drake Smith, who filed for the Position 9 seat on the Trinity Memorial Hospital District’s board of directors. She will oppose incumbent Jerry Russ in the only contested hospital board race. Hospital board incumbents are unopposed in their bids for new two-year terms include Jim Rippey in Position 1, Marguery Williams in Position 3, Lois Saldana in Position 5 and Cheryl Spearman in Position 7. The only other contested race will be on the Trinity City Council ballot pitting incumbent Position 4 Councilman Neal Smith against the former council member Phillip Morrison. Early voting for the local elections will begin on May 2.