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Incumbents sweep local election races
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TRINITY – It was a good night for all incumbent officials on Saturday, May 8, as election returns were counted in city, school and hospital races. Voters decided not to make changes to the city council, school board and hospital district board, and all incumbents were given new terms. In the city council election, incumbent Mayor Lyle Stubbs and Position 2 Councilman Wayne Huffman each garnered more than 55 percent of the total vote to win new two-year terms. Stubbs defeated challenger Lois Saldana by a vote count of 468 (55.7%) to 372. Huffman defeated the challenge from former Mayor Billy Jack Walker by a margin of 451 votes (55.5%) to 362. Two other councilmen were re-elected Saturday without opposition. Position 1 Councilman Clegg DeWalt received 527 votes while Position 3 Councilman Chris Dennis garnered 521. In the Trinity Independent School District’s election, there were three incumbent board members and one challenger on the ballot seeking the three board seats. Terms on the school board are for three years. In this at-large race, voters were asked to vote for three of the four candidates with those receiving the most overall votes winning the three TISD seats. Incumbent Gary Gallant lead the pack with 568 votes followed by incumbent Maggie Trevino with 490 and incumbent Steve Tyler with 481. The lone challenger in the race, Jason “Bubba” Smith, came in fourth with 309 votes. In the hotly contested Trinity Memorial Hospital District board race, voters also gave the four incumbents new two-year terms. The closest race was for the Position 6 seat held by Carlyn Bluis, who was appointed to the board in November 2008. She won her first term by a vote count of 485 (52.9%) defeating local land developer Ted Garrision’s 431 tally. In the Position 2 race, current TMHD Board President Larry King easily defeated the challenge from Benjamin F. Prokop by a count of 586 (68.2%) to 273. Position 4 incumbent Travis Starr won with a vote total of 498 (56.5%) to challenger Jim Henderson’s 383. The largest winning margin in any of Saturday’s elections came in the TMHD Position 8 race. Incumbent Dave Ward received 664 votes (72.8%) compared to challenger Janice Drake Smith’s 248.