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Early voting begins
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TRINITY – Early voting for the May 11 city council and school board elections got off to a slow start this week, with less than two dozen people going to the polls on Monday. Early voting in the Trinity City Council election drew only 14 voters on Monday and as of mid-morning Tuesday, it had grown to only 15. In the Trinity School Board race, a total of 23 cast early ballots on Monday and by mid-morning Tuesday, the number had inched up to 24. Early voting in the two elections will continue on weekdays through Tuesday. May 7. In the school board election, early voting is being held in the board room at the Administration Building from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Voters seeking to cast early ballots in the city election may do so at the Trinity City Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Tuesday, May 7, voting will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election day will be Saturday May 11 with the polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. In the Trinity City Council election, Billy Goodin and Phillip Morrision are seeking the Position 4 council seat vacated by former City Councilman Neal Smith. Smith resigned his city post on Dec. 31 before taking office on Jan. 1 as the new Trinity County Precinct 3 Commissioner. Also on this year's ballot is the Position 5 council seat. Incumbent Councilman Billy Joe Slaughter is unopposed in his bid for re-election. All city council positions carry two-year terms of office. In the school board election, voters will be asked to select from four candidates to fill three at-large positions. Candidates include incumbent Maggie Trevino, Kevin Searcy, Monty Huffman and Jason "Bubba" Smith. Incumbent trustees Steve Tyler and Gary Gallant did not file for re-election. Because all school board positions are at-large, voters will be asked to vote for up to three candidates on their ballots. The three who garner the most votes will win the seats. All TISD board seats carry three-year terms in office. An election normally held by the Trinity Memorial Hospital District was cancelled after no more than one candidate filed for each of the five open board seats.