Turnout generally light in area council, school board elections
Some Central Texas voters headed to the polls Saturday to decide dozens of city council and school board races, three school bond elections, and a handful of city propositions and proposed charter amendments.
Waco and Waco ISD elections were cancelled because no races were contested, but Killeen voters decided three contested city council races.
Dist. 2 incumbent Debbie Nash-King easily turned back a challenge from Will Baumgartner and Melissa Brown; Dist. 3 incumbent Jim Kilpatrick defeated challengers Tolly James, Jr., and Sandra Blankenship; and Dist. 4 incumbent Steve Harris defeated challenger Brockley King-Moore.
There were also three contested races for the Killeen School Board.
Pl. 1 incumbent Shelley Hargus-Wells defeated challenger Lan Carter; Pl. 2 incumbent Susan Jones defeated challenger D. Michael Jones; and Pl. 3 incumbent Corbett Lawler survived a challenge from Robert People and Stanley Earl Golaboff.
Temple voters decided two city council races.
Dist. 1 incumbent Jessica Walter easily defeated challenger Jeffrey Ware.
Wendell Williams defeated Joe Agee and Gussie L. Daniels III for the Dist. 4 seat, which has been vacant since former Dist. 4 Temple City Councilman Michael Pilkington resigned abruptly on Jan. 14, days after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor deadly conduct charge in Corpus Christi.
Hewitt voters decided two of three contentious city council races, but one will require a runoff.
Challenger Charles D. “Charlie” Turner defeated Ward 1 incumbent Travis Bailey, and Ward 3 incumbent easily defeated challenger A.C. “Tony” Martinez.
But in the race for the at large council seat, no one claimed a majority of the vote.
Michael S. Bancale and Mike Field will face off again in a runoff election.
The other three candidates were former Hewitt City Manager Adam Miles former Councilman Kurt Krakowian and Betty Orton.
Midway ISD voters decided one school board race.
Andrew Popejoy defeated Pl. 6 incumbent Ivan Green.
Robinson ISD residents, in a 1,219-535 vote, rejected a $31.5 million bond issue to improve and repurpose the district's junior high campus and to expand the high school's Ag facility.
In 2011, the district sought approval of a $39 million bond package and in 2013 a $21 million bond package, but both failed at the ballot box.
In 2014, voters approved a $19.5 million bond issue for a new intermediate school.
Crawford ISD voters approved a $1.895 million bond issue to fund equipment as well as construction, improvement and renovation of buildings.
Troy ISD voters approved an $18.25 million bond issue to fund improvements at Troy High School, Raymond Mays Middle School, Troy Elementary School and Mays Elementary School.