If you plan on voting in the May 10 General Election, the last day to register to vote in the election is today. In order to register, if you’re not already, you’ll need to go to the voter registrar's office in the courthouse. City elections will be held in Timpson and Tenaha; and school trustee elections in Timpson, Tenaha, Joaquin and Shelbyville ISDs. Early voting for the city and school board races will be April 28 thru May 6. Not all entities still observe the May election schedule, as some now wait until November. Those that do include the City of Center and City of San Augustine, along with the Center ISD, San Augustine ISD, Broaddus ISD, and Excelsior ISDs
Here's a rundown of those contested races.
In the City of Timpson, the position of mayor has drawn two candidates, as incumbent Debra Smith is challenged by Councilman George Grace. There will be no council election, as incumbents Yvonne Ramsey and Ronnie Wolfe filed uncontested.
There will be three vying for two trustee positions on the Timpson ISD board of trustees, as incumbents Joyce Wolfe and Stephen Burgay are challenged by Jim Rader.
In the City of Tenaha, there’s two vying for position of mayor. Running for the job are current mayor Orinthia Johnson, and challenger Claudine Wilson Howard. Current councilman Mark Hickson will face Michael Baker for a one-year term. As for the two available two-year terms, incumbent Durand Steadman, Cliff Lloyd and Tommy Rinkle are seeking the seats.
At the Tenaha ISD, two trustee positions are up for election and three are running. They are incumbent Tracy Collins, and challengers Michael Ogden and Vickie Jernigan.
The Joaquin ISD will be filling three trustee positions with six running. The only incumbent to file was John Paul Lawson. Also seeking seats are Rodney Harper, James Hamilton, Thomas Harvey, Chrisco Bragg and Pam Hearnsberger.
The Shelbyville ISD has two positions open, with four running. They are incumbents Tiffanne Klein and Faye Dale Allen, along with challengers Tim Bradshaw and Mark Bohannon.