Early voting starts Monday; ballot includes hotly contested city races

October 19, 2013

The countdown to Election Day starts Monday, when early voting will get under way in Hood County for the Nov. 5 General Election.

A number of local decisions will be on the ballot, including hotly contested Granbury City Council races and an $85 million Granbury school bond question.

Early voting opportunities will include seven “temporary branch voting sites” at schools in the Granbury school district.

The Commissioners Court approved the branch sites at the request of school district officials. The court is allowing early voting to take place on some school campuses between the hours of 5:30 and 8 p.m. during evening events. Anyone who is a registered voter can participate.

Three of those campus voting sites will be open next week.

On Monday, voters can cast ballots in the library of Granbury Middle School. On Tuesday, voting will take place inside the Band Hall at Acton Middle School. Then, on Thursday, it will be the library at Acton Elementary School.

Campus-based early voting will also take place: Monday, Oct. 28, in the gym at Mambrino School; Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the library at Nettie Baccus Elementary School; and in the foyer at Granbury High School on Thursday, Oct. 31, and Friday, Nov. 1.

Early voting will also be taking place at Annex 1, 1410 W. Pearl St. The dates and times are as follows: Oct. 21-25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 26, 7 to 7; Oct. 28-30, 8 to 5; and Thursday, Oct. 31, and Friday, Nov. 1, 7 to 7.

Nine state propositions will be on the ballot. For a list of the propositions, see P. 4B.

granbury races

Eleven candidates are wrestling for three positions on the Granbury City Council. The races are Place 1 (mayor), Place 2 and Place 4.

Former longtime Mayor David Southern is attempting to stage a comeback. He served on the council for 24 years, 15 of them as mayor. He was defeated by Rickie Pratt, who suffered a stroke in late December of last year.

Nin Hulett, the mayor pro tem, has been filling in for Pratt and has presided over the council meetings all year. He has vacated his Place 4 seat in order to run for mayor.

Southern and Hulett are being challenged by Billy Joe (Scooter) Thomas, a longtime Granbury resident. He has not served on the council, but has been concerned about the city’s leadership. At a candidates forum last week, he cited strict ordinances for businesses as an area of concern.

Four candidates are battling for Hulett’s Place 4 spot. They are: Ken Grey, a Walmart customer service manager and former government employee; Tom Baker, a bed and breakfast owner and a member of the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment; Tony Mobly, a financial advisor and former Rotary Club president; and Rose B. Myers, a corporate health care manager.

Place 2 incumbent Tony Allen almost made it through the filing period unscathed, but ended up with three challengers in his quest to be elected to a second term.

Contenders vying for Allen’s seat are: John Bratta, a retired educator and former owner of a residential mortgage company; Phoenix Van Daele, a cooking coach at H-E-B; and J.T. Winn, who works in facilities maintenance construction.

Allen has owned businesses for 30 years, including a local restaurant. He is former president of the Lake Granbury Waterfront Owners Association and Friends (LGWOA).

In the Granbury ISD board of trustees election, there is just one contested race. Joe W. Jones is facing Robert Lee Carter for the Place 6 seat.

The Granbury City Council candidates provided statements to the HCN regarding their qualifications and what they consider to be major issues in their race. The candidate Q&A starts on P. 1B.

other races, issues

There are three contested races on the ballot for Tolar School Board.

For the Place 1 unexpired term, Tommy Matthews faces Brooks Goodson. The Place 5 contest pits Dalton Nix against Mark Waldrep. And, in Place 6, the contest is between Scott Buckelew, Kris Hall and Wayne Wienecke.

In the city of deCordova, Mayor Dick Pruitt is being challenged by Kay Bailey.

The Bluff Dale ISD also will be having a bond election.

For information on the elections or on voting procedures, contact the county elections office at 817-408-2525, or visit the Elections page on the county’s website at www.co.hood.tx.us.

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