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State election observer to monitor May 9 race

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The Ellis County Press

ENNIS - Citing several concerns brought forth to Ennis City Marshal candidate Daryl Spence by supporters, Spence has called for the Secretary of State’s office to dispatch election observers to monitor the May 9 election.

Spence said he is currently the only candidate calling for the observers, but would not be opposed to others joining him to combat what he’s been told are concerns that the City of Ennis has the potential to "not play fair."

A petition was needed from 15 registered voters in the City of Ennis to secure a state election observer, whose signatures were approved by the Secretary of State’s office Spence said.

Spence, who is facing incumbent City Marshal John Erisman, who was first elected in 2007, for the May 9 election, is also seeking volunteer supporters to serve as independent poll watchers during early voting and election day voting.

Gil Escobar is running against incumbent mayor pro-tem Bob Taylor in the city’s only other contested race.

Meanwhile, an elected councilman is seeking to have the SOS’s office dispatch election observers to Midlothian for the May 9 election that features two hotly contested council races that pit incumbents against activists who were taken in by the city in last fall’s annexation.
Ken Chambers, first elected two years ago after ousting an incumbent who favored a smoking ban ordinance, sent a letter to the Secretary of State and the U.S. Dept. of Justice asking them to monitor elections in his town.

"There are many Midlothian citizens that feel there is suspicious activity and sneaky tactics taking place by individuals representing the current administration," said Chambers, the only no vote on annexation who endorsed both challengers.

"Although these tactics may or may not be legal, I believe the facts remain that the current administration will do whatever is necessary to re-elect the incumbents. Confidential sources revealed candidates seeking election to these two council seats should be aware of unethical and possible illegal activity during early voting...and voting day May 9."


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