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Big early numbers in city/school early voting
(5/03/12)

by Dolores Hamilton
Early voting that started Monday in the city and school election has already drawn a large turnout.

In two and a half days, 217 voters had cast their ballots. This includes 63 votes at the school administration office, 59 at city hall, 138 at the high school open house and 116 at Kidwell’s open house.

Early voting will continue through May 8 for the May 12 Iowa Park city and school elections.

Polling locations where votes can be cast by personal appearance are Iowa Park City Hall, 103 N. Wall, and the Iowa Park CISD Administration Office, 328 E. Highway. The city hall location will be open from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. tomorrow, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. The administration office location will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

In addition to the two main polling locations, votes can be cast during the open house at W.F. George Middle School that will be held from 6 - 7:30 p.m. today, and at the Bradford Elementary open house Monday from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Early votes can be cast during the open houses for both city and school elections.

CITY ELECTION
In the city election, three candidates are vying for the position of mayor, including current Mayor Pro Tem Sherrie Williams, former council member Dan Fears, and Hack Alexander.

For place 2 on the city council, incumbent Stephanie Wooten is being challenged by newcomer Kenneth Lee.

Lori Shierry, Place 4, is running unopposed for a second term.

SCHOOL ELECTION
In addition to voting for four trustee positions, with only one being contested, Iowa Park CISD voters are being asked whether to approve a $14.7 million bond proposal.

In the trustee race for Place 7, Jeff Rhoades and Sharon Thompson are running for the two-year unexpired term. Both are newcomers. Incumbent trustees running unopposed include Mark Kyle, Place 1; Greg Deatherage, Place 2; and Cary Waters, Place 3.

The $14.7 million bond proposal is for major renovations to the high school campus and athletic complex, plus internet, security and miscellaneous need on all four campuses.