May 4 elections see changing of the guard
ELLIS COUNTY – The winds of political changed swept across Ellis County Saturday as 108,324 registered voters took to the polls.
This past weekend’s election saw only 14,164 voters turn out or 13.08-percent.
While not all cities had as hard a won battle for change, the city of Ferris was a race many residents said they had never seen the likes of before.
Ferris residents spoke out this past weekend when they elected two new city council members backed by a PAC group called, “Citizen’s to Free Ferris.”
Ferris’ Place 2 seat had no incumbent running, and Michael Martinez and Cindy Aspin squared off for a chance to sit on the council for the new term. Martinez won the seat with 172 votes or 51.81-percent to Aspin’s 160 votes or 48.19-percent.
The biggest upset of the night came with 2-term Ferris Place 3 incumbent Bobbie Lindsey being defeated by long-time Ferris resident Tommy Scott. Scott took the win against not only Lindsey, but two other challengers; Rudy Amor and John Riley.
With Scott’s 122 votes or 36.20-percent to Lindsey’s 108 votes or 32.05-percent, Ferris voters definitely let their voices be heard. Two additional candidates in Place 3; Amor came in with 30 votes and Riley took 77 votes for that seat.
After serving only a one-year term, Place 5 incumbent Sherie Chapman took the lead against challenger Jennifer Stanford with 203 votes or 61.70-percent to Stanford’s 126 votes or 38.30-percent and was re-elected to serve a full two-year term.
Ferris ISD school board trustees saw Place 4 incumbent Melissa Salas lose her seat to Nancy Jane Salmon. Salmon received 242 votes to Salas’ 183 votes and a worthy second place went to Richard Sasser with 201 votes for the Place 4 opening.
Nick Hamm took Place 5 for the term with no opponents.
Ellis County’s Proposition A; Tier County vote to change Ellis County from Tier 1 County status to Tier 2 County status for purposes of Municipal Annexation as described by Chapter 43 of the Texas Local Government Code passed with 12,506 votes for and 1,819 votes against.
Ovilla City Council elections were canceled with no opposition for the Mayoral seat, Richard Dormier; Place 2’s Dean Oberg and Place 4’s Doug Hunt.
A special election for Proposition 1; To reauthorize the local sales and use tax at the rate of one fourth of one percent to continue providing revenue for maintenance and repair of municipal streets passed with 175 votes for and 40 votes against and 215 residents voting in that election.
While Red Oak City Council cancelled its election since Places 2, 4 and 5 had candidates with no opposition, the ISD race had three seats open.
Dr. Joy Shaw took Place 1 and Brian Sebling Place 2 with no opponents.
In Place 5, which was a vacant seat, Penny Story took the lead with 545 votes beating out three opponents; Donny Lutrick with 390 votes, Michelle Porter with 285 and Sean Kelly with 330 votes.
The City of Wilmer had three seats available with one upset when incumbent Sheila Petta did not keep her seat with 67 votes.
The top three candidates who will sit on the city council are Jeff Steele with 87 votes, Phyllis Slough 83 votes and incumbent Candy Madrigal with 72 votes. Elizabeth Gonzales ended the race with 64 votes and Rhonda Cobbs-Henry with 32 votes.
Hutchins voters were ask to vote for three Members at Large for City Council with incumbents Raymond Elmore and Demarcus Odom keeping their seats. Incumbent Brenda Campbell lost her seat to Freddie Chism.
Elmore had 129 votes, Odom 105 votes and Chism 107 votes. Campbell came in with 100 votes and Melvin Keeler received 13 votes.
Place 3 seat in Midlothian went to Ted Miller with 1,205 votes to Walter Darrach’s 1,152 votes. In Place 4 Clark Wickliffe had no opponents and took that seat.
An unexpired Mayor’s term had four opponents vying for that seat with Richard Reno coming in with 49.55-percent of the vote or 1,260 votes to Cammy Jackson’s 621 votes/24.42-percent, Ed VanderVeen’s 613 votes/24.11-percent and David Capehart Jr.’s 49 votes or 1.93-percent.
In Midlothian, ISD Board Trustee seat Place 4 incumbent Matt Sanders received 2,471 votes or 60.74-percent of the vote to challenger Crystal Rentz’ 1,597 votes or 39.26-percent of the vote. Place 5 Robert Soto had no opponents and took that seat.
In Italy that mayor won with no fight – Bryant Cock-ran was the lone candidate to run for the Mayoral seat.
Residents were also asked to vote for two of the three candidates running for City Council with Elmerine Allen Bell taking 217 votes, Raymond Lloyd Mosley with 166 votes and Carl Cash receiving 88 votes.
Proposition A passed in Italy regarding taxes and 227 residents voted for it to 57 residents against.
Three ISD school board trustees were chosen in Italy with incumbents Allen Richards keeping his seat with 291 votes and newcomers Ashton Russ and Shawn Holden taking the other two open seats. The vote count was 263 votes for Holden and 229 votes for Russ. Incumbent Sal Ramirez lost his seat with only 198 votes and Billy Wafer received 117 votes.
Maypearl chose a new mayor Philip Veltman with 68 votes to John Wayne Pruitt, a city council member, losing to Veltman by just 26 votes.
No incumbents ran for the open city council seats and three were chosen from the four candidates. Lisa Ferry with 82 votes, Chris Coppinger with 64 votes, Johnny Coleman with 63 votes. Barbara Pruitt who did not win a seat had 54 votes.
The town of Milford asked residents to vote for 2 candidates. Curtis Kaloi with 84 votes and Doug Davis with 69 votes took those seats. Incumbents Alan Singleton with 51 votes and Fadys Gates with 48 votes did not keep their seats in Saturday’s election.
In Waxahachie both incumbents kept their seats on the City Council with Charles Beatty receiving 1,256 votes and Mary Lou Shipley 1,223 votes.
Opponents David Cox had 686 votes, Amy Hedtke with 590 votes and Brian Bopp 185 votes.
Waxahachie, ISD school board trustees Dusty Autrey and Debbie Timmermann came away with the most votes, when voters cast their vote for two of the four names on the ballot. Autrey had 2,354 votes, Timmermann with 1,817, Edith Finley ended the race with 1,569 and James Villarreal with 1,460 votes.