Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


May 8, 2014

Almost 700 cast early ballots in JISD, city races

JACKSONVILLE — Nearly 700 ballots were collectively cast in local municipal and school board races during an April 28-May 6 early voting period, according to officials.

Jacksonville City Secretary Betty Thompson said 114 votes were cast in the race for the District 2 council seat, for which incumbent Jeff Smith and candidates Darrell Prcin and Kara Hancock are vying.

Earlier this year, city council members canceled the Dist. 4 race after only one candidate – Arron Swink – applied for the seat. He will be sworn into office with the victor of a Dist. 2 race.

Thompson said the early voting turnout reflected an average number for a single-district race.

Yvonne Bergert, administrative assistant to JISD superintendent Dr. Joe Wardell, said the 561 votes cast for candidates seeking school board places 3 and 4 also reflected an average turnout for early voting.

Place 3 candidates include Pamelia Franklin Adams, Jimmy Brown and Al Chavira, while Ann Chandler and Cassie Devillier are vying for Place 4.

Voters can cast election day ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Jacksonville Public Library.

Per state law, a photo ID is required for voting.

Saturday's municipal and school board elections are separate from the Cherokee County primary runoff election, which is slated May 27.


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