Early voting began Monday for school, college and city elections.
For those in the Beeville Independent School District, there is only one trustee position on the ballot — that of sub-district one.
Trustee Tom Beasley announced he is not running again. Beasley, a prominent attorney and former city councilman, has represented sub-district one since 2003.
Voters will choose between Darryl Martin and Jose Bastida Jr. to replace Beasley.
Because no one filed to run against Trustee Velma Elizalde, there is no need for an election in that sub-district.
Voting continues through May 8 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the high school.
No elections are planned in Pawnee, Pettus nor Skidmore-Tynan ISDs.
The Coastal Bend College board of trustees canceled that election after Place 6 Trustee Carroll Lohse and Place 7 Trustee Laura Fischer filed uncontested for their board positions.
City voters too have some decisions to make. Early voting at City Hall runs through May 8. Voting is also from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and includes the lunch hour. Extended hours, 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., are planned on Monday and Tuesday. Voters are asked to bring photo identification.
Residents of only one City Council ward – Ward 4 – will elect a councilman this year.
That contest will be between the current Ward 3 incumbent, John Govella Fulghum, and challenger Ralph “Lee” Arismendez.
Fulghum filed in Ward 4 after the incumbent in that ward, David Carabajal, decided to run in Ward 3 instead.
Carabajal and the Ward 2 councilman, Mayor Santiago “Jimbo” Martinez, did not have opponents this year.
Elections in those two wards were canceled. Carabajal and Martinez will later be declared the winners of those seats.
All voters in the city will be asked to cast ballots this year to decide whether to continue placing one-eighth of the city’s 4B sales tax receipts into a street maintenance fund.
That has averaged about $200,000 for the last four years.
According to state law, cities may opt to use one-eighth of the 4B sales tax money for the maintenance of existing city streets. But the program must be reapproved every four years by the voters.
The city uses that money mostly to pay for annual seal coating. The remainder of approximately $800,000 a year collected in 4B sales taxes is spent on economic development projects.
County and state
For the county and statewide elections, early voting at the courthouse doesn’t begin until May 14. It continues through May 25 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. A Saturday voting day of May 19 is also expected.
The election is scheduled for May 29.
On the local Democratic ballot, both incumbent Sheriff Carlos Carrizales Jr. and incumbent County Attorney Mike Knight are running unopposed. Esequiel “Zeke” Ortiz is on the ballot as the constable for Precinct 4.
Lance S. Frerich has filed to run for constable of Precinct 1. Richard D. Zapata has filed for the position of district judge for the 343rd Judicial District.
Incumbent Precinct 3 County Commissioner Eloy Rodriguez garnered an opponent this year — Rogerio “Roy Galvan.
Incumbent Precinct 1 County Commissioner Carlos Salazar Jr. also has a candidate for the primary — Bebe Adamez.
On the Republican ballot, Juan Eduardo Garcia has filed for the position of county attorney. Bill Lazenby has filed to run for sheriff. Linda G. Bridge filed to run as tax assessor-collector. Janna K. Whatley filed to run as the incumbent for 343rd Judicial District judge. Jose Aliseda filed to run for district attorney.
Clifford Bagwell filed to run as Precinct 2 constable.
The race for county commissioner Precinct 3 has John Marks Silva and Dennis D. Phipps both on the ballot.
The winners of the Republican nominations will face the Democratic nominees in the November election.