Shirley McKellar and Pamela Phoenix will have a runoff election June 29 after garnering 43 percent and 33 percent of the vote, respectively, in May. (Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Early voting starts Monday in an election that will determine who represents neighborhoods near John Tyler High School, Caldwell Zoo and Woldert Park on the City Council.

The election is a runoff race for the District 3 seat on the Tyler City Council. The candidates are Shirley McKellar and Pamela Phoenix, who took 43 percent and 32 percent of the vote, respectively, in a three-way race in May.

Early voting will take place at the R.B. Hubbard Center, “The Hub,” at 304 E. Ferguson St. The times are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through June 21, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 24 and June 25.

The runoff election date is June 29. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Jones Elementary School, 3450 Chandler Highway, and T.J. Austin Elementary School, 1105 W. Franklin St.

Those who need a mail-in ballot are advised to request one from the Smith County Elections Office as soon as possible, according to administrative assistant JoAnna Stanfield. She said the deadline to return mail-in ballots is June 18. The phone number is 903-590-4777.

McKellar, 71, is known in the community for deep Tyler roots and her four unsuccessful attempts as a Democrat at unseating Congressman Louie Gohmert. She has cited her volunteer experience in the community in her race.

Phoenix, 54, is known for her service on the Tyler Planning and Zoning Commission and the Smith County Appraisal Review Board. She has said her legal, business and nonprofit experience make her the best candidate for the job.

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Government Reporter

Erin came to Tyler from Vermont, where she worked for VTDigger.org and previously the Rutland Herald. She received her B.A. in Economics and Spanish from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she also attended journalism school.

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