By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun
Although it seems as if elections were just yesterday for federal and state offices, it’s now the season for cities and school districts. The local elections will take place on May 11, with early voting between April 29 and May 7.
Fewer people actually vote in local elections, partly because it’s more dependent on knowing the candidates, partly because the issues are less cut-and-dried, and there’s no straight ticket. Local elections don’t have party affiliations.
The difference can be seen in the numbers. Two years ago, 3,100 people in Navarro County voted in all the school board and city elections combined. In contrast, 15,462 people in Navarro County cast ballots for the county, state and federal candidates in fall 2012, according to Elections Administrator Danda Parker.
Turnout for local elections also varies by year. In 2009, it was 2,800; in 2010, it was 2,400, and in 2011, it was 3,100.
“Of course, it depends on what’s being voted on,” Parker said. “For example, if the City of Corsicana has a mayor election on you’re going to get more people out.”
This year, the Corsicana mayor will be up for re-election, and Chuck McClanahan has stated he will run again. He filed for reelection Friday morning.
The last day to file to run for office is March 1.
In the City of Corsicana, the open seats are those of the mayor, city judge, city attorney, and precincts 3 and 4 council seats. Those positions are currently held by Mayor Chuck McClanahan, City Judge Mike Russell, in Precinct 3 is John McClung and in Precinct 4 is Don Denbow. Terry Jacobson is the appointed city attorney.
In other Navarro County cities are the following open seats:
Angus: Three aldermen positions, currently held by Ken Cook, Kim Newsome, and Jerry Newsome.
Barry: Mayor and two council positions, currently held by Mayor Charles Worsham, and Jack Herod and Pam Rose.
Blooming Grove: three spots, Linda Busby, Trevor Boyde, and Donald Harris.
Dawson: Justin McMahon, Ronnie Hogue.
Emhouse: Mayor Johnny Pattison, Jacob Eldridge, Kim Eldridge and Mary Jones (entire council)
Frost: Three alderman positions, David Malone, Franchesca Cook and Eddie Sweet
Goodlow: Mayor Willie Washington, Jacklyn Copeland, Earnest Betts
Kerens: Mayor Jeffrey Saunders, Tyrone Martin, Rick Neumayer.
Mildred: Rebecca Hanna, Ryan Loach, Brandon Tackett.
Powell: All three positions on the council, currently held by Mayor Dennis Bancroft, and councilmen C.W. McClendon and Charles Kent.
Oak Valley: Mayor and two aldermen this year. Current are Mayor Linda Bennett and the two aldermans are Glenda Robinson and Neal Silvers.
Retreat: Mayor and two aldermen, currently held by Mayor Janice Barfnecht, Lenny Gordenski and John Robinson.
Rice: Mayor Larry Bailey, Robby Valdez, and Vickie Young.
Richland: Three at-large council positions, currently held by Patsy Womack, Karen Smith and Jody Farmer.
Blooming Grove ISD: Two at-large positions currently held by Jack Herod and Chad Briggs.
Corsicana ISD: Board positions open are seats 5,6 and 7, currently held by Terry Seth, Scott Watkins and Ed Monk, respectively.
Dawson ISD: Two at-large positions, currently held by Pete Chasteen and Kay Yates.
Frost ISD: Two at-large positions, currently held by Clay Reynolds and Josh Martin
Kerens ISD: Three at-large positions, currently held by Kenny Berry, Norton Connor and Matt Lynch.
Mildred ISD: Two at-large positions, currently held by Craig McCracken and Shane Farmer.
Rice ISD: Three at-large positions, currently held by Greg Barlow, Ron Buckley and Bill Ziegenhagen
Three places on the Navarro College Board of Trustees are up for election in 2013. All three of the incumbents have expressed their desire to run for reelection.
Place 2, held by Faith Holt; Place 3, held by Dr. James Price; and Place 5, an "at large" position, is held by Todd McGraw.
Terms on the Navarro College Board of Trustees are for six years.
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