What quickly became the hottest race on the May 12 ballot apparently stirred residents to flock to the polls during early voting, which ended Tuesday.
According to County Clerk Gwinda Jones, 1,687 voters cast ballots in city elections in which embattled Mayor Nancy Hunter is seeking her third term and is facing a challenge from retired Air Force Col. Kenny Weldon.
The only other contested race on the city ballot pits incumbent Scott Evans, Place 8, against political hopeful Mary Beach McGuire.
In May 2010, a total of 1,195 voters weighed in on city and school elections combined.
But a larger voting population in Stephenville ISD, which extends beyond the boundaries of the city, added up to an even greater early voting turnout.
Jones said 2,342 early ballots were cast within SISD where voters were asked to weigh in on a $24 million facility improvement bond proposal and two contested school board seats.
In Place 3, two newcomers Susy Warren and Keri Vanden Berge are facing off for the seat currently held by Todd McEvoy, who opted to not seek another term. In Place 2, Cory Shaw is trying to unseat Sherrie Evans.
In November 2010, SISD asked voters to weigh in on a similar but more costly proposal and the issue was narrowly defeated.
During that election, a total of 2,530 ballots were cast, 1,155 for the bond and 1,375 against. There were 297 voters who weighed in on other races but failed to issue a vote on the bond proposal.
Less than 250 voters have weighed in on the Dublin ISD school board election in which seven candidates are facing off for a shot at three openings. On the ballot are incumbent Lathes "Thessie" Towns, former board members Rodney Teten and Travis Barnes and hopefuls Carol Bagley, Jeff Weaver, Paulette Cox and Charlie Bradberry.
Meanwhile, 132 ballots have been cast in two contested races on the Dublin City Council.
There is a three-way race in Ward 1 between Darren Keith, Wes Bishop and Jim Leatherwood while Dan Burlison and Darrell Curry are facing off in Ward 2.
Saturday is Election Day and the Empire-Tribune staff will be at the Erath County Courthouse as the polls close to provide up to the minute coverage. Check results as they become available at yourstephenvilletx.com or follow Staff Writer Micah Moore at twitter.com/MooreETnews.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Erath County Courthouse and First National Bank in Dublin. Stephenville ISD and city of Stephenville residents must vote at the courthouse while Dubliners will be required to vote at First National Bank.