City, school, hospital and water districts elections Saturday

Polling places will be open from 7 am to 7 pm Saturday, May 7, in the Canadian High School foyer for registered voters casting ballots in the consolidated election for city council, school, hospital and water board candidates. Fifteen men and women are seeking election to 10 open seats in this year’s election, in which all four entities face contested races.

When early voting ended on Tuesday, the four-way race for three school board seats had attracted the most interest with 144 votes–24 of those by mail. Incumbents Larry Gatlin, Kyle Northcott and Larry Smith are seeking reelection, while Bradley Flynn=s candidacy has made it a four-man race for the school trusteeship.

Early voting picked up in the Hemphill County Hospital board race, jumping from a tepid 22 ballots cast after three days of early voting last week, to 100 this week, with 22 of those via mail. Jonilyn Hanes is challenging for one of two open seats on that board, along with incumbents Karen Gullett and Sharon Carr.

Meanwhile, balloting in the city council and water district board races trailed in voter interest. The city race features five candidates for three open seats, with incumbents Bob Gober and Lisa Ayala facing challengers Jeremy Dunn, Blake Beedy and Gary Prater. Only 80 ballots were cast during early voting in that race, with 13 of those received by mail.

Hemphill County Underground Water District board member Beth Sturgeon is running for re-election in a three-way race with Jim Leatherman and Spencer Hanes for two open seats. Only 74 early ballots were cast in that race, with 26 of those delivered by mail.

All election day voters are reminded to take an approved form of photo identification ( when they head to the polls on Saturday.

The Record will post election results on its Facebook page at when they become available.

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