By Emily Banks Wooten
The May 6 General Elections have come and gone and the dust is beginning to settle. There are several key takeaways. The cities of Livingston and Onalaska both had long-serving councilmen ousted, Corrigan-Camden ISD’s board of trustees experienced a fruit basket turnover with none of the incumbents being reelected and Chester ISD passed a bond election, albeit narrowly.
The City of Livingston had three at large positions up for reelection, those held by Clarke Evans, Elgin Davis and Dr. Ray Luna. All three incumbents filed and a fourth person, Bobby Jackson Sr., also filed. Unofficial results reflected Jackson, Davis and Luna the winners. Jackson received 119 votes, Davis received 115 votes, Luna received 101 votes and Evans received 99 votes.
The City of Onalaska also had three at large positions on the ballot, those held by Zachary Davies, Shirley Gilmore and J.R. Chance. All three incumbents filed and a fourth person, Ronald Gilbert, also filed. Unofficial results indicate Gilmore, Davies and Gilbert were victorious. Gilmore received 110 votes, Davies received 109 votes, Gilbert received 95 votes and Chance received 78 votes.
Positions 1, 2 and 3 were 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. All three incumbents were ousted. Unofficial results reflect Woodard the victor for Position 1, garnering 265 votes with Burks receiving 245 votes. Bell captured Position 2 with 331 votes, compared to 163 votes for Roberts and 26 votes for Martinez. Position 3 went to Cobb who received 319 votes, compared to Jolly who received 163 votes and Currie who received 38 votes.
In the Onalaska Independent School District, Positions 4 and 7, held by Johnny Byrd and Candice Davies, were on the ballot. Byrd did not file for reelection but Jake Ard and Bubba Cleveland did file for Position 4. Davies filed for reelection to Position 7 and drew no challengers. Unofficial results indicate Ard was victorious for Position 4, garnering 140 votes to Cleveland’s 119. Davies, unopposed, retained Position 7 with 233 votes.
The bond election in the Chester Independent School District passed with 159 people voting “for” and 137 people voting “against,” unofficial results reflect. Passage of the bond election will result in 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 the 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.