Election day is Saturday for city, school

Julye Keeble 
Staff Writer

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Saturday is election day, with county officials running election polls for two proposed state constitutional amendments, and choices of candidates for the school board and Uvalde City Council. 

Local municipalities are also holding separate elections in Camp Wood, for city council and mayor, and in Sabinal for school board trustees and a proposed $4.5 million bond to complete a new school event center.

County elections administrator Melissa Jones said 17,247 Uvalde County residents are registered to vote in this election.

Approximately 720 people voted by personal appearance during early voting, which was held from April 25 to May 3.

Jones said 326 absentee ballots had been requested in this election, of which approximately 155 had been returned as of Wednesday. Completed ballots by mail must be received by her office by election day, but ballots postmarked May 7 may be accepted if received by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 9.

Mail ballots to Jones at #2 Courthouse Square, Uvalde TX 78801.

The precinct number, which may be found on voter’s registration cards, determines which location voters should go to cast their ballot on election day.

Voting will be held from  7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day.

Those voters in Precinct 1,5,7,8,9,10,12 and 13 will vote at the Willie De Leon Civic Center.

Precinct 2 will vote at the Sabinal Scout House on Hondo Street in Sabinal; Precinct 3, Utopia Senior Center, 22542 Ranch Road 187, Utopia; Precinct 4, Concan Community Building on Highway 127 in Concan; Precinct 6, Montell Community Building on Highway 55 north in Montell; Precinct 11, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 250 S. Farm to Market Road 1049, Knippa; and Precinct 14, Heard School, Farm to Market Road 1051 in Reagan Wells

Uvalde election

Those voting in county-run elections will see two proposed Texas Constitutional amendments,  with both items related to school property taxes. Proposition 1 is an amendment proposing to further reduce the limit of school ad valorem taxes for elderly or disabled persons with homestead exemptions.  

Proposition 2 proposes to increase homestead exemptions from $25,000 to $40,000 when concerning public school taxes. 

There are two contested positions on the Uvalde City Council up for election, including the District 1 and District 3 representative. 

In District 5, incumbent Ernest W. “Chip” King III filed for reelection to his seat, and he is unopposed.

District 1 incumbent Everardo “Lalo” Zamora is opposed by challenger Santa E. Pérez.

In District 3, four candidates are vying for the spot, including Phillip Alexander Hanna; Pedro “Pete” Arredondo; Otilio Carranza Jr.; and Beco Martin Diaz.

District 3 incumbent Rogelio M. Muñoz is ineligible to run again due to term limits.

 Also on the municipal ballot will be a city proposition asking the voters to approve or deny moving future city council elections to November, rather than holding the election in May.

Five candidates, including incumbents Anabel White and Elissa Gonzalez, and challengers Ann Sanford, J.J. Suarez, and Edward Treviño, are running for two available East Zone seats on the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District board of trustees.

Candidates with the most votes will be elected.

Area elections

School matters, including six candidates who have filed for four positions on the Sabinal Independent School District board, are up for election as SISD conducts a separate election.

Also on voter ballots in the school election is a proposed $4.5 million bond for a new event center in Sabinal. 

Some Concan residents within the Sabinal ISD boundaries will also be able to vote in the school election.

On Election Day, May 7, District 1, Precinct 2, Sabinal voters interested in school-related matters will vote from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sabinal Public Library. 

Those in District 2, Precinct 4, Concan, may vote at the Concan School House, FM 127, Concan.

In Camp Wood, which also conducts its own municipal election, two candidates have filed for city mayor and three candidates have filed for the two available at-large positions on the city council. 

Voting on election day, May 7, will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Senior Center, 201 W. Fourth St., Camp Wood.

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