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Positions open for City Commission, school board, hospital district

Positions open for City Commission, school board, hospital district
January 22
12:28 2019

Three local governing boards will have elections on May 4 and are currently accepting applications for the various positions that are up for election this year.

Breckenridge City Commission

The Breckenridge Commission offices that are up for election this year are Place 3, currently held by David Wimberley, and Place 4, currently held by Tom Cyprian.

The filing process opened on Jan. 16 and will continue through 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15. As of Tuesday morning, Jan. 22, one person has filed to run, Tony Garcia, who filed for Place 4. All eligible voters in Breckenridge may vote for all of the positions.

Any qualified resident of Breckenridge may file in the City Secretary’s office, 105 N. Rose Ave., for any of the races. Qualifications for all candidates for office in Breckenridge include:

  1. Be a United States Citizen;
  2. Be 18 years of age or older on the first day of the term to be filled at the election or on the date of appointment, as applicable;
  3. Have not been determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be: totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote;
  4. Have not been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities;
  5. Have resided continuously in the State for 12 months and in the territory from which the office is elected for 6 months immediately preceding the date of the filing deadline;
  6. Be a registered voter in the territory from which the office is elected as of the date of the filing deadline for a candidate’s place on the ballot.

For more information about the Breckenridge City Commission election, call Heather Robertson-Caraway, City Secretary, at 254-559-8287.

BISD Board of Trustees

There are three positions up for election on the Breckenridge Independent School District’s Board of Trustees — Place 3, currently held by Carey Woodward; Place 4, currently held by Patrick Escalon; and Place 5, currently held by Russell Creager.

The filing process opened on Jan. 16 and will continue during regular office hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday) through 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15. As of Tuesday morning, Jan. 22, two people have filed to run: Roy Russell for Place 3, and Carrol Kanady for Place 5.

Applications to serve on the BISD Board of Trustees may be filed in person at the BISD central office, 208 N. Miller St. or by mail sent to BISD, Attn: Brittany Edgar, P.O. Box 1738, Breckenridge, TX 76424.

For more information about the BISD Board of Trustees election, call the BISD office at 254-522-9600.

Stephens Memorial Hospital District Board of Directors

There are three at-large positions up for election on the Stephens Memorial Hospital District’s Board of Directors. Those positions are currently held by Tom Echols, Ted Goldsmith and J.M. Simmonds.

For more information about the SMH District Board of Directors election, call the hospital at 254-559-2241.

Early Voting and Election Day

Each entity will hold elections only if they have contested races for any of the positions up for reelection. In the case that elections need to be held, each governing board will hold Early Voting in April in their own locations.

The polling location/locations on Election Day will be determined by which of the three entities need to have elections.

According to Robertson-Caraway, the City has entered into a Joint Election Agreement with BISD and the hospital district to hold their May elections at the same polling place as the City — the Breckenridge Senior Citizens Center, 210 N. Smith Ave.

However, if the City cancels its election, BISD will use its Administrative Office, located at 208 N. Miller St., and the hospital district will use Stephens Memorial Hospital, located at 200 S. Geneva, as their election polling places. If BISD cancels its election, the City and the hospital district will use the Breckenridge Senior Citizens Center as their Election Day polling place.  If the hospital district cancels its election, the City and the school district will use the Breckenridge Senior Citizens Center as their Election Day polling place.

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