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Voters pass school bond
(5/17/12)

By: Dolores Hamilton
A record number of voters participated in the Iowa Park City Council and School Trustee Election this year.

After a record number of 1,466 votes were counted Saturday in Iowa Park’s city council and school board elections, the school’s $14.7-million bond proposal had passed, 791 for and 658 against, and the city mayoral race will be decided in a run-off election between Dan Fears and Sherrie Williams.

Fears drew a total of 460 votes (48.27%) and Williams received 292 votes (30.64%). According to the the city charter, a candidate must receive a majority, or 51 percent of the vote to be elected. The third candidate in the race, Hack Alexander, received 201 votes.

The city council will set dates for the run-off election and early voting in a special called meeting on Monday.

Stephanie Wooten retained her seat on Place 2 with 476 votes against challenger Kenneth Lee who received 430.

In the proposition to allow the city to sell the Wigley property near Lake Iowa Park, 702 voted their approval and 233 voted against it.

In the school trustee election, all incumbents were running unopposed and received the following votes: Place 1, Mark Kyle, 1156; Place 2, Greg Deatherage, 1136; and Place 3 Cary Waters, 1173.

Newcomer Jeff Rhoades won the race for the two-year unexpired term on Place 7, receiving 1012 votes to 364 for his opponent Sharon Thompson, also a newcomer.

The greatest portion of the $14.7-million school bond will be used for major renovations to Hawk Stadium and the Iowa Park High School athletic complex.

The high school campus will also receive an extensive remodel. In addition, all four campuses will receive internet and security upgrades plus miscellaneous projects specific to each campus.