By Emily Banks Wooten
Early voting began April 24 and will continue through Tuesday for the May 6 local city and school district elections. Voters in the cities of Livingston and Onalaska, and the Corrigan-Camden, Onalaska and Chester Independent School Districts will go to the polls.
The City of Livingston has three aldermen up for reelection – Clarke Evans, Elgin Davis and Dr. Ray Luna. All three incumbents filed and a fourth person, Bobby Jackson Sr., also filed. Early voting for the City of Livingston will be held at the Livingston City Hall located at 200 W. Church St. in Livingston from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.
The City of Onalaska has three at-large positions on the ballot, those presently held by Zachary Davies, Shirley Gilmore and J.R. Chance. All three incumbents filed and a fourth person, Ronald Gilbert, also filed. Early voting for the City of Onalaska will be held at the Onalaska City Hall located at 372 S. FM 356 Ste. 102 in Onalaska from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.
Positions 1, 2 and 3 will be on the ballot in the Corrigan-Camden Independent School District. Position 1 Incumbent Peter Burks filed for reelection and drew one challenger, Misty Woodard. Position 2 Incumbent Thomas Roberts filed for reelection and drew two challengers, Carmen Martinez and Elisha Bell. Position 3 Incumbent Lawrence Jolly Jr. filed for reelection and drew two challengers, Tracy Cobb and Krystal Currie. Early voting for Corrigan-Camden ISD will be held at the Sechrest Webster Community Building located at 101 W. Front St. in Corrigan from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.
Positions 4 and 7, presently held by Johnny Byrd and Candice Davies, will be on the ballot in the Onalaska Independent School District. Although Byrd did not file for reelection, Jake Ard and Bubba Cleveland filed for Position 4. Davies filed for reelection to Position 7 and drew no challengers. Early voting for Onalaska ISD will be held at the Onalaska City Hall located at 372 S. FM 356 Ste. 102 in Onalaska from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.
The Chester Independent School District is holding a bond election in which voters will vote “for” or “against” the issuance of $5,315,000 school building bonds for the construction, acquisition, rehabilitation, renovation, expansion and equipment of school buildings in the district, and levying and imposition of taxes sufficient to pay the principal of and interest on the bonds and the costs of any credit agreements.
The proposed projects to be funded by passage of the bond include: a new junior/senior high school consisting of eight to 10 classrooms plus a science lab, restrooms, teacher workroom, teacher restroom and front office; demolition of the junior high classrooms, high school building and weight r; a new entry and restrooms for the competition gym; fume ventilation for the ag shop; and cafeteria kitchen repairs. Early voting for Chester ISD will be held at Chester ISD Administration Building located at 273 Yellowjacket Dr. in Chester from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.