Voting underway in 4 elections
Trinity Standard , April 2007
TRINITY – The early voting polls for three local and one statewide election opened in Trinity Monday and will be in operation weekdays through Tuesday, May 8.
Voters are being asked to cast ballots in the Trinity Memorial Hospital District’s board election, the Trinity Independent School District’s board election, the Trinity City Council election and a Texas constitutional amendment election.
As of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, a total of 21 voters had cast early ballots in the hospital board race, seven had voted in the school board election, 46 had voted in the city council race and 47 had voted in Trinity on the constitutional amendment.
Election day will be Saturday, May 12, with polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In the Trinity Memorial Hospital District’s board race, early voting by personal appearance will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Trinity Volunteer Fire Department station located next to the Trinity City Hall.
Applications for mail ballots may be submitted to Barbara Gibson, P.O. Box 2809, Trinity, Texas 75862. Applications must be received by Friday, May 4.
This year there are five positions open on the hospital board with three being contested. Position 1 incumbent Jim Rippy is being challenged by Jerry Coma, Position 7 is being sought by Cheryl Spearman and Davis Chessher and Position 9 incumbent Jerry Russ is being challenged by Position 7 incumbent Tommy Turner.
Running unopposed on the hospital ballot are Position 3 incumbent Marguery Williams and Position 5 incumbent Lois Saldana.
This year three seats will be up for grabs on the Trinity Independent School District’s board.
Early voting in the school race will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the board room of the TISD Administration Building located on near the intersection of Jefferson and Elm streets.
Applications for mail ballots may be made to Virginia Johnson, P.O. Box 752, Trinity, Texas 75862. Applications must be received no later than Friday, May 4.
A total of four candidates will be seeking the four at-large board seats. On this year’s ballot are incumbents Gary Gallant, Debbie Quan and Steve Tyler as well as challenger Sarah Hamilton Griffin.
Early voting for both the city council and constitutional amendment elections will be held in the Trinity City Hall. Voting hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Extended hours also will be held in the city council election from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 4.
Applications for mail ballots in the city election can be submitted to Phil Patchett, P.O. Box 431, Trinity, Texas 75862. Deadline for the applications to be received is Friday, May 4.
This year there will be two council seats on the election ballot but only one contested race. Incumbent Position 4 Councilman Neal Smith is being challenged by Raymond J. Hamilton.
Incumbent Position 5 Councilman Charles Van Dyke is unopposed.
Early voting on the constitutional amendment election also is being conducted at the Trinity County Courthouse in Groveton.
Applications for mail ballots can be made to Diane McCrory, P.O. Box 456, Groveton, Texas 75845.
The proposed amendment would allow the state legislature to authorize the lowering of school tax rates that have been previously “frozen” for handicapped and those over the age of 65.
Current law allows the handicapped and senior citizens to apply to have their taxes frozen so that they cannot be increased in subsequent years. However, due to existing provisions in the constitution, once the taxes are frozen, they cannot be reduced should the tax rate be go down.
This problem first came to light after the state legislature revamped the school funding legislation last year that shifted more of the burden of school funding from local taxpayers to the state.