Erath County voters will have a lot to decide this fall.
As area voters line up to make their voices heard in a number of state races, voters within the Stephenville Independent School District will be asked to decide the fate of facilities within the school district, and county voters will be asked to weigh in on a number of local offices.
At their Monday meeting, the Stephenville ISD board of trustees unanimously voted in favor of calling a Nov. 2 bond election to fund an estimated $34 million in upgrades and additions at three SISD campuses - Chamberlin Elementary, Hook Elementary and Gilbert Intermediate.
Prior to the vote, board member Todd McEvoy asked questions of Daren Kirbo, of Huckabee & Associates Architects, who said included in the $34 million package is an estimated 12 percent in escalation and contingency costs, which may not be fully realized if the bond proposition receives voter support. In regards to major repairs, renovations and future growth at the lower grade levels, Kirbo said once complete, the three campuses should be covered for the next 20-30 years.
Following the vote, board president Dr. Ann Calahan and SISD Superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd thanked the board for their exhaustive work on the arduous effort put into the bond issue. And to SISD voters, Floyd said the ball is now in their court, saying the issue is about "their kids, their schools and their money."
Outside of the SISD, there are a few county races that will be contested in November. Incumbent Lynn Tidwell, county commissioner Pct. 2, will face off against his Republican opponent, Herbert Brown. Also on the commissioners' court, Democratic incumbent Randy Lowe, commissioner Pct. 4, will be in a race against Scot Jackson to keep his seat. Also in Pct. 2, Justice of the Peace Latrelle Cain will vie to keep her seat against Republican opponent Bart Greenway.
Countywide, a number of names will appear on the ballot uncontested, including those of Erath County Treasurer Donna Kelly, County Judge Tab Thompson, County Clerk Gwinda Jones, District Clerk Wanda Pringle, District Judge Donald Jones, County Court at Law Judge Bart McDougal and Justice of the Peace Shawnee Bass.
Also on the ballot will be the office of State Representative Sid Miller, District 59. According to www.sos.state.tx.us, Miller has drawn an Independent opponent, a 27-year-old student from Goldwaithe, Will Bratton.
State elections on the Nov. 2 ballot include the offices of the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, comptroller of public accounts, land, agriculture and railroad commissioners and supreme court and appellate judges.
The last day to register to vote in the November election is Oct. 4. Early voting will be held Oct. 18-29.