Former mayor, candidate dies
Jim Bob Wilson, a longtime mayor of Ennis, died last week. An advocate of historic preservation, Wilson spent 23 years in the mayoral seat. As of press time, no funeral arrangements were announced.
What exactly are voters being asked to approve on May 10 in the school district’s near-$49 million bond package? An examination of the ballot language is vague: "The issuance of $48,985,000 of bonds and levying the tax in payment thereof, including the costs of any credit agreements executed in connection with the bonds."
School board elections in November? According to school officials and legal researchers, a newly enacted state law allows for school districts to request a waiver to allow for November elections, like the contests little Avalon ISD – in southern Ellis County – is doing.
Though a complaint was filed with the Dallas County elections department to disqualify incumbent Mayor Don Hudson and challenger Teresa Bain over their candidate applications, Wilmer City Secretary Crystol Birdwell said state law requires challenges to candidates to be filtered through her. The issue about candidate applications came up when the Wilmer Public Citizen blog (http://wilmercitiz en.blogspot.com) reported challenges had been made.
Jim Pitts officially has one Libertarian opponent in November: Phil Smart. Smart, who has made national headlines (mostly on the Internet) as being the only candidate from Ellis County to have been arrested twice before two previous campaigns, has jokingly said that he will turn himself into authorities shortly before the Nov. 4 vote.
His reasoning? "I don’t want them to go through all the trouble," Smart said. Charges against him in the two previous arrests were dismissed.
Smart will be Pitts’ only third-party opponent since the Waxahachie Republican was elected in 1992.
Local election briefs compiled by Joey Daubenfirstname.lastname@example.org