First chance to vote
by Chip Latcham
May 09, 2012 | 902 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The first half of carrying out the civic responsibilities of a good resident of this community presents itself this Saturday.

Early voting has ended, and on May 12, citizens will have the opportunity to decide local elections involving school boards and the City of Beeville.

In the only election involving our public schools, the Beeville ISD is holding one race to decide one trustee representing Sub-district 1.

Longtime Trustee Tom Beasley announced he is not seeking re-election, and voters will choose between Darryl Martin and Jose Bastida Jr. as his replacement. Beasley said he encouraged Martin, who is heavily invested in the community, to run for his place on the board.

No elections are planned in the Pawnee, Pettus and Skidmore-Tynan ISDs, and the Coastal Bend College election was canceled as Trustees Carroll Lohse and Laura Fischer drew no opponents.

In the city election, voters will decide only one council race, between current Ward 3 incumbent John Govella Fulghum, who changed wards at the last minute this year, and challenger Ralph “Lee” Arismendez.

The residents of Ward 4 will determine who best will represent their district on the council.

Also, all city voters will have a say as to whether to continue placing one-eighth of the city’s 4B sale tax receipts into a street maintenance fund.

That has averaged about $200,000 for the last four years. City officials clearly would like to have these funds available for the annual seal coating program and repairing/maintaining of Beeville’s streets.

The second portion of our civic duties will occur on May 29 when the Democratic and Republic primaries are conducted. Look for our recommendations when the early voting period begins next week.
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