By Jan White
CROCKETT – On Thursday, April 2, the Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored a “Meet the Candidates” event, where community members heard from contenders for the upcoming election of Trustees for the Crockett ISD school board and City Council.
Candidates for CISD Board District 1 are incumbent Ansel Bradshaw, Jessica James and Gary Fitch. CISD Board District 6 candidates are Zenita Hamilton and TieAsia Tucker. District 6 incumbent Josh Crabtree is not seeking reelection.
City Council Precinct 5 candidates are incumbent Mike Marsh and Lynda Warfield.
Each candidate was allowed a five-minute platform where they could speak on whatever topic they considered essential to their election. After the candidates spoke in the open session, they were available at separate tables and allowed additional time to provide attendees the opportunity to answer questions.
Liza Clark, Executive Director for the Chamber, also read Proposition 1 and 2 to the constitutional amendment. The ballots will be printed to permit voting for or against the proposition: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for the reduction of the amount of a limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for general elementary and secondary public school purposes on the residence homestead of a person who is elderly or disabled to reflect any statutory reduction from the preceding tax year in the maximum compressed rate of the maintenance and operations taxes imposed for those purposes on the homestead.”
Proposition 2 would amend section 1-b(C) of Article 8 of the state constitution to increase the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes from $25,000 to $40,000.
Clark stated that the Chamber will hold another Meet the Candidates event closer to the election date for those unable to attend the April meeting.