An overview of the May 12 election
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–(Editor’s Note: This is a Revised article
of one appearing in the Voters Guide, Sunday, April 28)
Now in the early voting period prior to the May 12 Local
Election date, here’s a summary of the races and issues in
which voters will be casting their ballots.
Only one school district is holding an election this go
around. Two candidates have filed for Place 3 on the Kemp
school board. Incumbent Keith Foisey faces off with
challenger Melinda Polk. Place 4-seated John Taylor drew no
challengers, so will be reinstalled automatically. Mabank
ISD chose to retain its election in May; however, no one
filed to run against incumbents Gary Sapp for Place 7 or
Kenneth Odom for Place 6.
City residents in Gun Barrel City, Eustace and Kemp will
also be voting to retain their leaders or vote in new ones.
In Gun Barrel City, voters will choose between current mayor
Dennis Wood or reinstall past mayor Paul Eaton. Also council
members Dennis Baade and Melvyn Hayes are up for
re-election. Baade is facing challengers Jim Braswell,
Sandra Ward, Bluebonnet Emporium owner, while Hayes is
opposed by Allen Andis.
In Eustace, three seats are up for re-election. Those are
currently held by Robert Pickle, Marlin Chambers and Chuck
Powers. However, Randy Johnson has also signed up to run for
these at-large positions. Like musical chairs, only three
can be seated. Eustace will hold its May 12 election at E.L.
Kirk Gymnasium. Early voting is being held at city hall.
The City of Kemp drew several candidate for spots on the
city council. Challengers Dorothy Locklin and David Smith
hope to depose incumbent Jesse Morton in Place 1. While
Laura Peace and Shane Helton are campaigning for Place 3,
and Todd Weber tries to regain his former vacated position.
Kemp Council Place 5 incumbent Leodis Buckley faces
challenger Scott Clearman, a former Kemp ISD trustee.
Kemp leaders face daunting financial challenges ahead, as
they deal with a water/wastewater system and plant that
needs replacing and is supported with funds from less than
1,000 customers – many of whom are on fixed incomes.
Other cities, like Seven Points and Mabank, were able to
cancel their elections due to non-opposition to current
office holders, during the candidate filing period. A
candidate in Seven Points withdrew his name, when he learned
what it would cost the city to hold an election.
The story is similar for West Cedar Creek MUD. The rest have
opted to change the time of their local elections.
Local taxing entities were given the option of keeping their
elections in May every year, or change them to odd-numbered
years or move them to be included in the general election
date in November. The option arose from a change in the
election rules to better accommodate Americans living on
foreign soil, like active military.
The new rule meant that counties, like Henderson County,
could no longer guarantee the availability of voting
machines in the May election on even-numbered years, due to
the possibility of a Primary runoff election. (Henderson
County Precinct 1 commissioner, with its four candidates, is
likely to go into a runoff election.)
Malakoff and Trinidad ISDs have moved their elections to
even-numbered years in November and extended terms of office
to four years, while Eustace ISD has opted to hold elections
in May, but only on odd-numbered years. Kemp and Mabank ISDs
will continue to hold annual elections and rent equipment
from a source other than the county.
The cities of Tool and Payne Springs have moved their
elections to November, as has East Cedar Creek Fresh Water
Supply District, which will hold elections in even-numbered
All the rest of the local political subdivisions have
decided to retain the annual May election date.
for cities and
(Two seats available)
(Three seats available)
|Gun Barrel City
Dennis R. Wood
To reauthorize ¼ of 1% local sales tax to continue
providing revenue for road
maintenance; otherwise return to EDC for business
support and recruitment
|Kemp City Council
Cars and crawfish at Mabank Pavilion
Special to The Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Registration for the second annual Cedar
Creek Lake Car Show Poker Run will be from 5 - 7 p.m.
Friday, May 4, at Chili’s, in Gun Barrel City and everyone
is invited to join the fun.
Everyone with transportation, hot rods not required, can buy
one hand and be a part of the event for $10. Additional
hands can be purchased for $10 each.
Five other stops are available to pick up cards, including
Mabank High School and the final stop at B n R Pit Grill in
A prize party will be held at the Pit Grill, including cash
and door prizes.
Proceeds from the Car Show and concession benefit the Cedar
Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.
Starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 5, hot rods, motorcycles,
trucks, new Fords and Chevys, and people will start pouring
into the Mabank Pavilion to start the sixth Annual Cedar
Creek Lake Car Show and Kiwanis Krawfish Boil.
The Chamber Grill Team will be cooking burgers, hot dogs and
other grill items. The Cedar Creek Kiwanis Club will be
serving crawfish or “mud bugs” with all the trimmings.
Crawfish will be served from 8:30 a.m. until sold out.
The Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Car Show
committee partnered with the Mabank Education Foundation so
visitors can easily make donations by taking a test spin in
a new Ford.
Support the “Drive One 4 UR School” program to help raise up
to $6,000 for the Education Foundation. Donations will be
used to support classroom teachers in unique and innovative
ways that otherwise would not be funded.
Volunteers will assist licensed Texas drivers fill out a
short release form needed to participate in the test drive.
Entry forms for the Car Show can be obtained through the
chamber of commerce office or the day of the show.
There will be door prizes, t-shirts for the first 100
entries, and a 50/50, plus a professional DJ playing cruisin’
Registration for the show will start at 7 a.m., judging will
begin at 11 a.m. and the awards will be presented at 3 p.m.
The show is finished when all of the awards have been handed
Preregistration cost is $20 and $25 the day of the show.
Visitors to the Car Show, upon free admission, can take a
look at the new Chevrolets and Buicks from Teague Chevrolet.
The 2011 Car Show featured 144 entries and organizers expect
to surpass that number this year.
“There’s no way that we could provide this wonderful
community event every year without the generous support of
our underwriting sponsors,” chamber president Jo Ann
Hanstrom said. They’ve stepped up over the years to make
this one of the most successful and well-attended events of
the year at Cedar Creek Lake.”
We’re pleased that we’re able to continue to offer a free
admission event for families,” she added.
For more information regarding the car show or crawfish
boil, call the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at
(903) 887-3152, email at
email@example.com, or go to
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
have many animals at the
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
in Seven Points
in dire need of a good home.
Please call or stop by the Humane Society today
and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
is located on
10220 County Road 2403 in Seven Points.
For more information, please call
(903) 432-3422 after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday.
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