Constable files complaint against commissioner claiming hostility, attempts at intimidation

A constable has filed a complaint against a McLennan County commissioner, reporting that a phone call from the commissioner about the upcoming election was “hostile, threatening and an attempt at intimidation.”

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Wednesday 02/03/2016
CLEAT endorses McNamara for sheriff

Four years ago, representatives from the largest state police association stood outside the McLennan County Courthouse and endorsed Parnell McNamara for sheriff.

Monday 02/01/2016
Campaign finance reports show big spending in sheriff’s race

Candidates for McLennan County sheriff and two county commissioners’ seats filed their second campaign finance reports Monday, highlighted by big spending among some of the candidates.

Wednesday 01/20/2016
No challengers so far in Waco, Midway, La Vega school elections

Only incumbents filed on opening day in the five surrounding school districts that will have a trustee election May 7.

Councilman Deaver files to run for Waco mayor; 2 other incumbents seek re-election

Waco Councilman Kyle Deaver filed to run for mayor of Waco as filing began Wednesday for local races in the May 7 elections.

Friday 01/15/2016
Incumbent sheriff reports more political contributions than challengers

McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara has received almost three times as much in political contributions as his opponent, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton, according to the first campaign finance report.

Jones leads in county commissioner candidates’ political contributions

Precinct 3 County Commissioner Will Jones reported almost $26,000 in political contributions, by far the most between the two commissioner races, while his opponent Ben Matus listed about $11,000 in campaign coffers, all from personal finances and a loan.

Tuesday 01/12/2016
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson hosts fundraiser at Waco Hippodrome

Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson hosted a private lunch at the Waco Hippodrome on Tuesday and cautioned voters about President Barack Obama’s message ahead of Tuesday night’s State of the Union Address.

Monday 01/11/2016
Sheriff’s candidates draw packed house at forum

McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara and Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton differed on the definition of a lawman, while Pastor Willie Tompkins emphasized that what he would bring to the office of sheriff is the common sense that has been lacking.

Saturday 01/09/2016
McLennan County Sheriff candidates set to face off at forum

The McLennan County sheriff’s race will heat up Monday night in a forum for the three candidates to address voters.

Friday 01/08/2016
County Commissioner Jones offers to pay opponent to drop out of race

McLennan County Commissioner Will Jones twice offered to personally reimburse West resident Ben Matus’ $1,250 filing fee if Matus would withdraw his bid to unseat Jones as Precinct 3 commissioner.

Tuesday 12/15/2015
Local GOP vice chairman takes interim reins as Patterson enters House race

Ralph Patterson’s eleventh-hour entry into the race for District 17 U.S. House of Representatives caught a lot of McLennan County residents by surprise.

Monday 12/14/2015
Rep. Flores gets last-minute challenge from McLennan GOP chair Patterson

U.S. Rep. Bill Flores and state Sen. Brian Birdwell face opposition to their respective re-election bids as Monday’s party primary filing deadline for political candidates came to a close.

Friday 11/27/2015
Bellmead mayor submits petition for tax rollback referendum

Bellmead’s mayor says he expects to see a special election in early 2016 to decide whether to roll back the city’s 2-cent property tax increase after the success of a petition drive he organized.

Friday 11/20/2015
GOP chair, commissioners get challengers after 1st week of 2016 election filings

Multiple incumbents and a few challengers — all Republicans — officially filed during the first week available for the 2016 election.

Friday 11/13/2015
Bikers move ‘Sink Swanton’ rally because of rain threat

The time and location of a biker rally aimed at throttling Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton’s campaign for McLennan County sheriff have been changed.

Candidates hope to unseat incumbent sheriff McNamara, commissioner Snell

A preacher who substitute-teaches and a construction company co-owner plan to unseat incumbents in the McLennan County Republican primary.

Friday 11/06/2015
Bikers to rally in effort to ‘Sink Swanton’ for sheriff

Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton became a national figure after the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout, receiving praise from national media outlets for his frequent, detailed updates following the nation’s deadliest biker battle.

Wednesday 11/04/2015
Complete city/school election results: Nov. 3, 2015

100% reporting

Waco ISD – tax ratification

100% reporting

Bellmead – liquor: mixed beverages

100% reporting

Bellmead – liquor: off-premise sale

100% reporting

Robinson – city council at-large (3)

Jimmy Rogers831 
Steve Janics713 
Vernon Leuschner665 
Lucy Harper557 
Bryan Ferguson491 
Rusty Steed363 
Warren Johnson319 
100% reporting

West – mayor

Tommy Muska23766%
Suzy Price12134%
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West – city council at-large (2)

Karla Dulock211 
David Pratka196 
Al Vanek134 
Jamie Allnutt86 
100% reporting

Moody – city council at-large (3)

Weldon Morgan45 
Robert Siler39 
Deloras Inge37 
Lee Poole31 
James Raabe31 
100% reporting

Riesel – city council at-large (3)

Kevin S. Hogg131 
Brandon Blasingame117 
Bobby Dieterich113 
Al Bumelis40 
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Riesel ISD – at-large (3)

Brian Robert204 
Deanna Davis120 
Ray Stripling118 
Brian Aycock108 
Adam Benton79 
Aleishia Miller71 
Kooper Sjolander58 

Unopposed races

Moody City Council:
Charleen Dowell (unexpired term, 1 year)

Tuesday 11/03/2015
Muska re-elected as West mayor, Vanek loses council seat

West Mayor Tommy Muska won re-election Tuesday and will be welcoming two new members to West City Council.

Waco ISD celebrates tax election results

The cheers of Waco Independent School District staff and supporters filled the back building at Poppa Rollo’s Pizza on Tuesday after they learned that voters approved a tax rate increase allowing the district to hire almost 200 employees to help improve student instruction.

Election passes alcohol measures in Bellmead, fills Moody, Riesel council seats

More than 11,606 of the 125,418 total registered voters in McLennan County turned out for Tuesday’s election, or 9.25 percent. Both of Bellmead’s alcohol-related measures passed, and Moody and Riesel filled their city council seats.

Robinson voters say out with old, in with new

Robinson residents opted for change Tuesday, ousting three long-term veterans of the city council and electing new faces.

Election Day info: Polling places, race roundup

Registered voters can cast their ballot from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at any voting location in the county.

Saturday 10/31/2015
Early voter turnout down from last year, up from 2013

Early voter turnout in McLennan County was down sharply from last year but up slightly from the last election that did not include races for statewide office.

Thursday 10/22/2015
Waco ISD board optimistic as early voting continues

In a brief update on the tax ratification election during Thursday’s Waco Independent School District board of trustees meeting, district officials said they were optimistic about the election after hearing the positive responses from residents during community presentations.

Monday 10/19/2015
MCC department head to run for Flores’ House seat

A McLennan Community College English instructor has filed to run against incumbent U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, to represent District 17 in the U.S. House of Representatives.

3rd Waco ISD tax rate meeting slightly better attended

Only 5 people attended Monday’s meeting at J.H. Hines Elementary School, but the few who came expressed positive feedback.

Sunday 10/18/2015
Early voting starts Monday for Nov. 3 city, school elections

Voters in the cities of Bellmead, Moody, Riesel, Robinson and West, plus the Waco and Riesel school districts, can cast their ballots during the next two weeks.

Friday 10/16/2015
Bellmead to decide 2 alcohol measures on Nov. 3 ballot

Bellmead residents have the chance to change the city’s alcohol availability in the Nov. 3 election.

Waco ISD officials size up support for tax rate increase as early voting begins

Waco educators collectively hold their breath as they wait to see whether voters will approve the tax rate increase necessary to provide the additional staff support they say is needed on the campuses.

Monday 10/12/2015
Mayor, 2 council slots up for vote in still-recovering West

The West city election features challenges to the mayor and a council member who helped lead the city back from devastation after the April 17, 2013, fertilizer plant explosion and an open seat vacated by a council member who moved just outside the city limits.

Waco ISD’s 2nd public tax rate meeting at University High

The second of four public meetings hosted by the Waco Independent School District on the November tax ratification election will be Tuesday at University High School, 3201 S. New Road.

Saturday 10/10/2015
Robinson council election draws 7 candidates

Seven candidates are up for three seats in the November election for Robinson City Council.

Wednesday 10/07/2015
Waco ISD board, staff present tax election program to single attendee

Just one resident turned out to ask Waco ISD officials about their plans for a proposed tax rate increase up for approval during the Nov. 3 election.

Tuesday 10/06/2015
Waco ISD to hold 1st of 4 public meetings on tax election

Parents and community members will be able to discuss the upcoming tax rate increase election with the Waco Independent School District board of trustees Wednesday at West Avenue Elementary School, 1101 N. 15th St., during the first of four public meetings on the tax ratification election.

Monday 10/05/2015
Parents gear up to support Waco ISD tax rate election

Parents and community activists are not leaving the advertisement of the upcoming tax ratification election up to the Waco Independent School District board of trustees anymore.

Tuesday 09/29/2015
Waco ISD officials present tax election details to NAACP

Waco Independent School District officials received a lukewarm welcome from the Waco NAACP chapter during a presentation about the upcoming tax ratification election.

Friday 09/25/2015
Waco ISD adds more public meetings for tax rate election

At least one more town hall meeting on the tax ratification election will be scheduled in October as the Waco Independent School District board of trustees rushes to convince the community to approve the tax rate increase before early voting begins Oct. 19.

Friday 08/28/2015
Cities, schools face crowded Nov. elections plus taxes, alcohol

Residents in four McLennan County cities and two school districts will have local measures on the Nov. 3 ballot, including contested races, two questions regarding the sale of alcohol in Bellmead, and a tax rate increase for the Waco Independent School District.

Monday 08/24/2015
Waco ISD settles on 5-cent tax hike, OKs larger budget

Average homeowners living in Waco Independent School District will be asked to approve about a 5-cent net tax rate increase per $100 property valuation this November. The board of trustees unanimously approved the increase in hopes that an additional $8.2 million in revenue will boost teacher support across the district.

Thursday 08/20/2015
Waco ISD reviews proposals for proposed new tax funds

The Waco Independent School District board of trustees reviewed proposals, but stopped short of finalizing measurable goals Thursday on the use of the potential revenue from a proposed tax rate increase. The tax increase will go before voters in November.

Monday 08/17/2015
Texas voting bill will simplify mail-in ballot access, close loophole

AUSTIN — In Texas, disabled or elderly residents can receive mail-in ballots for all elections in a calendar year under a seemingly innocuous condition: The elections must be held in areas where the county clerk is the early voting clerk.

Friday 08/07/2015
Waco ISD board adopts higher proposed tax rate, pending election

Waco Independent School District board of trustees adopted a proposed tax rate that is 9 cents per $100 property valuation higher than the current rate at Thursday night’s meeting. The intent is to capture additional state funding to pay for more teacher aides and shrink class sizes at campuses across the district.

Monday 07/27/2015
Waco PD’s Swanton to run for McLennan County sheriff

Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton will run against incumbent McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara in the 2016 election, documents show.

Saturday 05/09/2015
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.

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

Former teacher Stephanie Korteweg will join the Waco ISD board of trustees after ousting incumbent Colbert Murphy, who came in last behind his two challengers.

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.

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