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Municipal Elections Under Way in Howard County

Municipal elections are under way on Saturday in Howard County. Alanna Quillen reports.
BIG SPRING -- Municipal elections are under way in Big Spring.

But election officials are afraid that Mother's Day weekend and school play-off games could hurt voter turn out.

Saundra Bloom, Election Administrator for Howard County, said May is never a very good month for high voter numbers.

"There's just so much going on in May with the end of school, graduations, and Mother's Day," she said. "It's a very busy month."

The county had about 1, 263 people vote early.

"We try to encourage everyone to vote early because we have seven days of early voting," Bloom said. "We stay open late, to accomodate people after work."

A big item on tomorrow's ballot is a proposal on using Economic Development Coporation funds for maintainance of the municipality's water and water facilities. Big Spring City council voted unanimously in February to have the water and waste water project placed on the May ballot.

The project involves repair and rehabilitation of equipment and parts to Big Spring's water and wastewater treatment plants, and the water distribution lines throughout the city.

If voters approve the project, the EDC will provide up to 13 million dollars for the project.

"Both sides have some good points, pro and con, on whether this is the way they should do it or not," Bloom said. "It's just good that they're letting the public have some say in the issue."

Also on the ballot is the race for the District 4 seat on the Big Spring city council, the only contested race in this year's election.Businessman Bobby McDonald faces off against Loretta Farquar for the seat.

The Big Spring Independent School District has a contested election for District 2. Incumbent Maria Padilla runs against Ed Ware and Pat Deanda on that seat.

Voters have from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to cast their ballot at the Dorthy Garrett Coliseum.

Voters in Coahoma are looking at six candidates for three seats on the Coahoma city council. Incumbents Linda Luce, Paulette Lindsey and Zach Johnson are seeking re-election while Billy Sullivan, Dan Shelburne and John Mulkey are the challengers.

Three positions are up for election in Coahoma ISD. Incumbents are Brian Moore, Jody Reid and Alan Wright while challengers are Leslie Tindol, Gerald King and Paul Lewis.

Voting in Coahoma will take place at the Coahoma Community Center from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.
    
Then, early voting for primary elections starts Monday morning, which will run for two weeks. The primary will be on May 29.
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