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Filing period ends, elections await


By Scott Harvey

– Two Commerce ISD Board members will retain their seats after receiving no opposition prior to Monday's filing deadline.

Beginning in May, Place 4 Incumbent Ted Oats will undertake his second term on the Board, while Place 5 Incumbent Willie Blow sets out for his 12th year with the district.

For the Commerce City Council, Place 1 Incumbent Tony Henry will not be seeking another term, leaving either Chris Hall or former councilman John Sands to fill the vacancy come May. Both Hall and Sands were the only citizens to file for the position.

For Place 3, Incumbent Richard Hill faces opposition from Michael Odom and Ray Hunter.

In Greenville, Velma del Bosque-Hobdy is seeking the Place 4 seat on the Council, as is former Mayor Sue Ann Harting. Incumbent Hattie Tennison has chosen not to run again. Incumbent Place 3 Council member Doug Roszhart has filed for re-election and will be facing Jeffrey Dailey.

The contested race for the Greenville ISD Board is for District 2, currently held by incumbent Trena Stafford. Stafford, who is seeking re-election, will face challenger Tom Durham. Trustees Randy Wineinger and Kim Butcher will both serve an additional term, as both are unopposed in their bids for re-election.

Also in Greenville, voters will decide in May on a referendum on whether to allow local charitable organizations to host bingo games as fund-raisers.

There is one contested race for the Sulphur Springs City Council. Incumbent Charles Oxford has filed for re-election to Place 7. He's being challenged by John Sellers. Kayla Price has filed for a full term for Place 2 on the council.

Morning Chapel Missionary Bapist Church Pastor Harold Nash, along with Rusty Rushin and incumbents Jack Chubb and Jackie Brice have filed for the Sulphur Springs ISD Board of Trustees. Two at-large seats are up for election in May.

Nash is a retired broadcast engineer, and a 1970 graduate of Sulphur Springs High School. Rushin is the owner of Water Monitoring Solutions and is a 1985 graduate of Sulphur Springs High School.

In the Hopkins County Memorial Hospital Board election, candidates include Leon Stone, Dr. Larry Latham and Suzanne Bankston.

The Wood County Commissioner's Court has authorized local option elections on May 14th for Alba, Mineola and Hawkins to legalize the sale of beer and wine for off premise consumption only. An election was also ordered to legalize the sale of mixed beverages in restaurants for Mineola and Hawkins.

Early voting for the May 14 election begins May 2.