Meek prevails in close District 4 Waco City Council race

Attorney Dillon Meek won a hard-fought Waco City Council race Saturday to become District 4’s new representative, winning 54 percent of the vote.

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Saturday 05/09/2015
Rodriguez fends off challenger, remains District 2 Waco councilwoman

Waco Councilwoman Alice Rodriguez easily won an 11th term Saturday to remain the representative for District 2.

Valley Mills voters oust mayor after tumultuous year

Valley Mills residents opted for a change in leadership by electing challenger Ray Bickerstaff as mayor with 71 percent of the vote Saturday.

Murphy unseated from Waco ISD board by ex-teacher Korteweg

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Gibson wins spot on Bellmead council

Travis Gibson, a 43-year-old special education aide at Carver Middle School, will take a seat on the Bellmead City Council after defeating Oralia “Marty” Hernandez in Saturday’s election.

Deaver to return to Waco District 5 seat after lopsided victory

Incumbent District 5 Waco City Councilman Kyle Deaver walked away with another term in Saturday’s election, trouncing challenger Robert Cervantes by a margin of 783 to 106.

Pagel keeps Midway ISD board seat

A familiar face returns to the Midway Independent School District Board of Trustees as incumbent Tom Pagel was overwhelmingly re-elected over challenger Ross Larson.

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City/school election results: May 9, 2015

McLennan County returns from the Nov. 4, 2014 election.

Friday 05/08/2015
Interest high for Saturday’s city, school board elections

Voters head to the polls Saturday to decide area school board and city races, including closely watched Waco City Council races.

Wednesday 05/06/2015
Area sees spike in early voter turnout

With days to go before Saturday’s school and city elections, voter turnout already is the highest in years.

Saturday 05/02/2015
Political divide emerges among donors in well-financed District 4 council race

Ashley Bean Thornton and Dillon Meek agree that the Waco City Council is nonpartisan, and that red vs. blue politics has no relevance to their race for the District 4 seat.

Tuesday 04/28/2015
Poverty, policing and streets at issue in District 5 council race

The District 5 race in the May 9 Waco City Council election features a well-entrenched incumbent and a challenger who was inspired to run by the racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

Commissioners adopt voting precinct plan, residents voice concern

McLennan County commissioners on Tuesday approved a new voting precinct plan after hearing from almost a dozen people who said county leaders should have spent more time on the matter.

Monday 04/27/2015
South Waco growth defining issue in District 2 council race

The May 9 Waco City Council election offers a distinct choice between candidates for District 2: a council veteran who aims to shield South Waco’s traditional neighborhoods from the effects of growth and a challenger who embraces growth as a solution to Waco’s problems.

Early voting begins for school, city elections

Early voting begins Monday for the May 9 school and city elections in Waco and surrounding communities.

Former Hewitt councilman running to reclaim seat from incumbent

A former longtime Hewitt city councilman is seeking to win back his seat from the one-term incumbent who defeated him in the last election.

Sunday 04/26/2015
Thornton, Meek bring biggest N. Waco council race in years

There have been no disparaging words or even major policy disagreements between the two candidates in race for the District 4 council race, but it has shaped up to be the hottest Waco City Council campaign in years.

Waco ISD incumbent faces 2 challengers

Waco school district Trustee Colbert Murphy, who faces a former teacher and a pastor in his effort to retain his Place 2 seat, said he has satisfied his debt of approximately $45,000 in unpaid child support.

Enlisting parents, churches in public education battle: Q&A with Waco ISD candidate Pamela Rivera

Pamela Rivera, 59, the pastor of St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church for about 10 years, is running to represent Place 2 on the Waco school board, a post that represents much of East Waco. Previously. she worked in Capitol Metro in Austin for almost 20 years. In an interview with the Trib editorial board, she discusses the importance of parental engagement in public education; how churches can become more involved in battling poverty; and her desire to ensure black children are treated equally. The election is May 9.

Broadening efforts to positively impact students: Q&A with Waco ISD candidate Stephanie Korteweg

Stephanie Ybarra Korteweg, 38, a former teacher who heads Antioch Community Church’s mentoring program for local students, is running to represent Place 2 on the Waco school board, a post that represents much of East Waco. In an interview with the Trib editorial board, she discusses her perspective as a professional educator and what that could offer Waco ISD; how Antioch seeks to encourage students in reading; and the importance of collaboration in Prosper Waco’s mission battling poverty. The election is May 9.

Thursday 04/23/2015
Bellmead candidates backed by current council members

Two political newcomers are contending for the Precinct 2 Bellmead City Council seat on May 9, one with the backing of the current councilman, the other with backing from a rival council member.

Valley Mills mayor faces challenger after controversial year

A former Valley Mills City Council member is vying for the mayor’s seat against the incumbent after a year of controversy and upheaval at city hall.

Tuesday 04/21/2015
Midway ISD candidates face off over finances

Midway Independent School District Board of Trustee Vice President Tom Pagel faces a challenger in the May 9 election, and voters’ decision might affect the district’s bottom line.

Monday 04/20/2015
On the ballot: May 9, 2015 election

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Monday 04/13/2015
Waco council forum marked by friendly tone, tough questions

The first candidate forum for the May 9 Waco City Council election drew friendly debate Monday from the candidates and tough questions from the crowd.

Waco City Council candidate forum set for Monday

The first public forum for Waco City Council candidates in the May 9 election is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Central Library, 1717 Austin Ave.

Sunday 04/12/2015
Investing in Waco personally, spiritually and professionally: Q&A with Waco City Council District 4 candidate Dillon Meek

Dillon Meek, 29, general counsel for Rydell Holdings, a local investment firm, and previously an attorney at the Haley & Olson law firm, is running to succeed Toni Herbert, who is stepping down after long representing North Waco District 4 on the Waco City Council. In this interview with the Trib editorial board, Meek discusses the possibilities for business and investment in Waco; the importance of Prosper Waco’s crusade against local poverty; and how well City Hall works with businesses investing in the area. A Baylor Law School graduate, Meek’s work with Rydell includes Premier Urgent Care Plus and Fuego Tortilla Grill (next door to each other off Highway 84 at Estates Drive); Urban Star Produce, a hydroponic lettuce greenhouse; and real estate endeavors. The election is May 9.

Seeking the next platform in community service: Q&A with Waco City Council District 4 candidate Ashley Bean Thornton

Ashley Bean Thornton, 53, a longtime administrator at Baylor University who has been pivotally involved in the battle against Waco’s chronic poverty for many years, is running to succeed Toni Herbert, who is stepping down after long representing North Waco District 4 on the Waco City Council. In this interview with the Trib editorial board, Thornton talks about Prosper Waco’s anti-poverty initiative; Baylor’s continuing outreach into the surrounding community; and her production of the Act Locally Waco newsletter on city events, services and jobs. She was recently elevated at Baylor to senior director for informed engagement and continuous improvement. The election is May 9.

Sunday 04/05/2015
Focusing on streets, schools and good-paying jobs: Q&A with Waco City Council District 5 candidate Kyle Deaver

Attorney and businessman Kyle Deaver, 51, is running for election to the Waco City Council District 5 seat, a post to which he was appointed nearly three years ago when it was left vacant by Malcolm Duncan Jr., earlier elected mayor. Deaver serves on the board of the Waco Foundation and Vanguard College Preparatory School. In this interview with the Trib editorial board, Deaver discusses challenges in getting the business community involved in Prosper Waco’s anti-poverty crusade (and his own experiences as a former co-owner of the Harley-Davidson dealership); concerns about state legislation undermining local control; and whether Lake Shore Drive will spill into Lake Waco. The election is May 9.

Realigning public responsibilities, initiatives in our neighborhoods: Q&A with Waco City Council District 5 candidate Robert Cervantes

Robert Cervantes, 40, an Iraq War combat veteran and administrator with the Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans at the Doris Miller Veterans Affairs Medical Center, seeks election to the Waco City Council to represent District 5, encompassing much of West and North Waco. He serves on the Rapoport Academy Public School Board and in the American GI Forum. In this interview with the Trib editorial board, he discusses the potential for racial unrest in Waco; his belief in more focused community policing; and principled reservations about economic development. The election is May 9.

Sunday 03/29/2015
Selling Waco in both word and deed: Q&A with Waco City Council District 2 candidate Jake Russell

Jake Russell, 24, a Baylor University graduate and real estate agent for Magnolia Homes, which has drawn national attention through HGTV’s “The Fixer Upper” and charismatic home renovators Chip and Joanna Gaines, is running to represent South Waco District 2 on the City Council. In this interview with the Trib editorial board, Russell talks of the importance of the Prosper Waco initiative in addressing the city’s chronic poverty; the current state of housing stock as the city focuses on bringing more people to live in old neighborhoods contiguous to downtown; and how the outside world views Waco. The election is May 9.

Advocating for constituents in person and in policy: Q&A with Waco City Council District 2 candidate Alice Flores Rodriguez

Alice Flores Rodriguez, 71, who has long represented South Waco, including Baylor University, in District 2 on the Waco City Council, is running for re-election. She served on the council from 1991 to 2001, then returned in 2005. She has long been involved with the local chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens and has been an advocate of the Waco Hispanic Museum Committee. In this interview with the Trib editorial board, she discusses Baylor University’s growth and impact on surrounding neighborhoods; the extent of poverty in much of her district; and the need for targeted economic development and industry offering living wages. The election is May 9.

Sunday 03/22/2015
List of new voting centers: May 9 election

Voting centers

Saturday 03/21/2015
May 9 elections will offer choice of polling locations

Voters in the May 9 Waco city and school elections will find themselves with a choice of 13 polling locations instead of one.

Friday 02/27/2015
Filing period ends for May elections; all 3 Waco council seats contested

A filing in District 2 on Friday ensured all three seats open in the May 9 election for Waco City Council are contested.

Wednesday 02/25/2015
Waco attorney files for North Waco council seat

Dillon Meek, a Waco attorney, has jumped into the race for the District 4 city council seat being vacated by Councilwoman Toni Herbert.

Friday 02/13/2015
Candidates continue to file for May 9 election

Waco Independent School District trustee Colbert Murphy could have a challenger if he chooses to run again for his District 2 seat in the May 9 elections.

Wednesday 01/28/2015
Fresh faces seek council posts as May 9 election filing begins

A community activist with an interest in poverty and transportation filed Wednesday to replace retiring District 4 Councilwoman Toni Herbert, while incumbent District 5 Councilman Kyle Deaver got a challenger in the first day of filing for the May 9 local elections.

Tuesday 12/16/2014
Changing of the guard coming soon to Waco city secretary’s office

In her 17 years as city secretary, Patricia “Trish” Ervin has been on the front lines of the city’s interactions with its citizens. She ran elections, handled complaints, answered questions, chased down old records and helped candidates fill out their forms.

Tuesday 11/18/2014
Nepotism law prevents commissioners from filling vacant JP seat

McLennan County commissioners Tuesday were prevented from filling a vacant justice of the peace seat because of state nepotism laws, even though James E. Lee won the recent election with more than 90 percent of the vote.

Wednesday 11/05/2014
Straight-ticket voters determined district clerk race; party leaders see pros, cons

Straight-ticket voters determined the outcome of the McLennan County district clerk race Tuesday, which was won by 1,050 votes, knocking the last countywide Democratic officeholder from the seat.

Voters OK billions for road funds, could help China Spring Road

AUSTIN — Voters have approved a ballot referendum taking billions of dollars from Texas’ Rainy Day Fund for roads and transportation infrastructure projects.

Tuesday 11/04/2014
McLennan County election results: Nov. 4, 2014

McLennan County returns from the Nov. 4, 2014 election.

McLennan County city, school election results: Nov. 4, 2014

McLennan County returns from the Nov. 4, 2014 election.

Gimble upsets incumbent Matkin in district clerk’s race

McLennan County District Clerk Karen Matkin lost her unofficial title as the last countywide Democratic officeholder Tuesday night, losing a razor-thin election to Republican challenger Jon Gimble.

Longtime commissioner Gibson re-elected to court

Democrat Lester Gibson won re-election Tuesday over Republican Tony Abad, continuing a 24-year streak on the McLennan County Commissioners Court.

Political newcomer Hensley takes JP seat; 2 Republicans, 1 Democrat fill other seats

Republican political newcomer Dianne Hensley was elected Tuesday over two challengers for the McLennan County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1, Place 1 seat.

Reyna easily wins second term against write-in candidate

McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna eased back into office Tuesday, easily winning a second term against a write-in challenge from a former prosecutor he fired almost four years ago.

Sunday 11/02/2014
Early voting turnout sees sizable decline in McLennan County

McLennan County early voter turnout was low the past two weeks with 20,454 people casting their ballots ahead of Tuesday’s election despite numerous local races and fight for the governor’s office.

Polling locations: Nov. 4, 2014 election

McLennan County polling locations

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