Voter registration deadline nears for May 7 elections

For the first time in recent history, all four political subdivisions involved in the May 7 election will have contested races. Fifteen candidates have filed for ten open seats on the city council and school, hospital and water boards, compelling all four entities to hold elections this year.

All four entities have agreed to hold consolidated elections on that date.

Thursday, April 7, is the last day to register to vote for any resident wishing to cast a ballot in this election.

Vying for election to three open seats on the city council are incumbents Bob Gober and Lisa Ayala, as well as Jeremy Dunn, Blake Beedy and Gary Prater. Incumbents Larry Gatlin, Kyle Northcott and Larry Smith are candidates for re-election to three seats on the Canadian ISD board of trustees, and Bradley Flynn’s candidacy makes it a four-man race. Jonilyn Hanes is challenging for one of two open seats on the hospital board, along with incumbents Karen Gullett and Sharon Carr. Likewise, incumbent Beth Sturgeon is in a three-way race with Jim Leatherman and Spencer Hanes for two open seats on the water district board.

Early voting in all four races begins on Monday, April 25, and ends Tuesday, May 3, and will be conducted in the business offices of each entity. Anyone wishing to apply for a ballot by mail must do so by the end of the business day on Tuesday, April 26.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Record is asking each of these candidates to contact the office to arrange for a photograph and to provide contact information for use in submitting the annual candidate Q&A questions. Their responses will be published in the Thursday, April 21, edition of The Record before early voting begins. Please contact Editor Laurie Ezzell Brown by calling 806.323.6461 or by emailing

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