WOODVILLE – Tyler County residents turned out to the polls during the early voting period and on Tuesday (Election Day) to vote in the statewide constitutional amendment election as well as several local elections.
Locally, voters who are serviced by the Colmesneil Independent School District as well as Woodville ISD had the opportunity to choose from candidates on the ballot.
The CISD election for two places on its board saw 566 total votes cast, with Becky Graham receiving 132; Kris Lindsey 124; Twyla Darder 112; Luke Wilkinson 111; Eric L. Lee 55 and Seth Fasske 32.
On the WISD board of trustees, Richard “Kooter” Shaw, Jr., ran unopposed for the Place 3 position, and received 654 votes.
For the Place 4 seat, incumbent Bryan Shirley received 505 votes to challenger Shaun Dunn’s 194. Place 5 drew three challengers to fill the seat, with Kris Fowler getting 308 votes; Kevin McQueen 237 and Joshua A. Johanson 143.
In citywide elections, the leadership of Colmesneil will remain under Duane Crews as mayor, with 91 votes received to Russell “Rusty” Warner’s 29. Crews was appointed mayor after longtime mayor Don Baird’s stepping down earlier in the year.
Colmesneil city councilmembers Dennis Moffett and Gene Allen ran unopposed, and received 108 votes and 86 votes, respectively.
The Ivanhoe City Council had three at-large positions up, with Laura Cleland Fregia challenging incumbents David Herrington, Skip Blackstone and Tommy Morris. Blackstone received 126 votes; Morris 106; Herrington 105 and Freiga 52.
All the numbers tallied on Tuesday night are unofficial numbers, but do represent in-person, as well as absentee voting.
For the statewide constitutional amendment election, all eight of the amendments up for a vote passed. The amendments ranged from counties’ authorization to issue bonds to fund infrastructure projects (amendment 2) to homestead tax exemptions for surviving spouses of veterans (amendment 8).
In this election, according to those unofficial results, there were 1,849 ballots cast, with 212 of them absentee. For early voting, 450 Tyler County voters took advantage of the early period, while 1,187 came out on Tuesday.