Early Voting Begins In Several Races
Early voting begins today around Smith County for races including District 2 Tyler city councilman and Troup ISD school board, as well as a bond proposal for voters in Tyler Junior College’s taxing district.
There is one contested race for a city council seat in Tyler. The winner of the race takes over for outgoing Councilman Donald Sanders, who cannot run again due to term limits. District 2 includes the longtime communities of Butler College, White City and St. Louis area as well as newer areas, including The Cascades.
Darryl B. Bowdre, Charles Burns and Sarah Coats are vying for that seat.
In Bullard, four candidates, including two incumbents, Rodger Johnson and Shirley Coe, and challengers Clay Thompson and Mark Maple, are vying for three spots on the city council. The council seats are at-large bids, meaning the three top vote getters will be elected.
In Lindale, voters will choose either incumbent Ginger Sims or challenger John Droblyn for Alderman Place 3.
Three spots on the Troup ISD school board are being challenged. Bill Plunkett is challenging incumbent Buddy Fite for Place 3, Gene Whitsell is challenging incumbent Joe McElroy for Place 4 and Joseph Womack is challenging incumbent Homer Jones for Place 5.
TJC taxpayers will decide the fate of a $25 million bond package. The bonds would go toward the “construction, acquisition and equipment of a nursing and health sciences building.”
City of Tyler and Tyler Junior College voters go to the Smith County Annex Building, 200 E. Ferguson St. Suite 500 and TJC HPE Building, 1205 S. Palmer Ave. in Tyler.
City of Bullard voters go to First United Methodist Church, 204 S. Rather St. in Bullard.
City of Lindale voters go to Lindale Masonic Lodge, 200 Margaret St. in Lindale.
Troup Independent School District voters go to Cameron Jarvis Library, 102 S. Georgia St. in Troup.
Smith County Municipal Utility District 1 voters go to the district’s office at 2155 County Road 334 in Tyler.
Early voting is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 7 and May 8 at all locations.