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Beckville and Gary residents will decide a handful of contested races for city or school boards in May, while no one filed to run against the incumbents in Carthage.
Outgoing Panola County Fresh Water Supply District Pct. 1 member Michael Vanderslice is contesting whether the newly-elected Pct. 1 member David Bush ought to be disqualified from serving on the board.
Overall voting totals as well as early voting turnout were the highest for a general election since at least 1988 in Gregg, Smith, Panola, Harrison, Upshur and Rusk counties, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.
Democrats are gaining one seat on the Republican-dominated State Board of Education, while Republicans held on in the other races that Democrats had hoped to flip in the 2020 general election.
Incumbent Tim Jones has been re-elected to his seat on the Beckville ISD Board of Trustees, according to unofficial total results from the district.
Republican State Sen. Bryan Hughes has defeated Democratic challenger Audrey Spanko and will serve another term in the Texas Senate, based on results from the Texas Secretary of State’s website.
James “Bubba” Broadus and David Bush were elected to the Lake Murvaul board, according to unofficial total results from the Panola County Elections Office.
Nearly 2,000 Panola County voters had already cast their ballots in the Nov. 3 presidential election before Friday morning — a sign of potential record early voting turnout and a sign that voter interest was high.
Both Republican State Sen. Bryan Hughes and Democratic challenger Audrey Spanko say they’re ready to fight for East Texans at the statehouse.
Keven Ellis said he wants his work on the State Board of Education to be focused on the education of students, not the politics of adults. Brenda Davis said she believes her teaching background makes her a good choice for the board.
Hank Gilbert, Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress District 1, said he wants to be a voice for every resident in the district, which is why he is running for office.
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, has won re-election to the 1st Congressional District each time since November 2004 and says he has strong feelings this election about the direction the country is headed.
Brenda Davis, candidate for District 9 of the State Board of Education, will be the guest speaker at the Panola County Democrat Club on Oct. 12. The meeting will be held at the Community house in Davis Park starting at 5:30 p.m., and the public is invited.
Carthage ISD has rescheduled a bond meeting to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Carthage ISD administration building. At the meeting, school officials will present information about the bond proposal, its impact on the tax rate and more while answering questions from the community. The public is invited.
Panola County commissioners approved the 2020 Help American Vote Act (HAVA) Election Security Sub-Grant to Texas Counties during their Tuesday meeting.
Update, 10/13/20: Bryan Pauley let the Panola Watchman know Oct. 12 that he decided to continue campaigning and running for the board since it was too late to officially withdraw from the election. Below is the portion of the article originally written from his interview and removed before print.
The following is a list of contested races during the upcoming November 3 election. Races include school elections pushed back from May because of COVID-19.
If passed, Carthage ISD’s proposed $12 million bond would provide money for maintenance and technology needs while keeping the tax rate the same.
Panola County has updated its election website and is working to improve accessibility after it was made aware of a federal complaint filed by Disability Rights Texas earlier this month.
The Nov. 3 general election is quickly approaching, and this year’s election includes local, state and national races. Here are some answers to frequently-asked questions from the Texas Secretary of State’s office.
A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that Texas can keep its strict eligibility rules for voting by mail.
The #trumptrain came to Lake Murvaul on Saturday, and local GOP party officials are hoping it can help keep President Donald Trump in office.
Panola County attorney Larry Fields has been named as the Republican candidate for the Pct. 1 and 4 Justice of the Peace spot in the Nov. 3 election.