Five Lacy Lakeview residents are vying for three at-large seats on the city council as early voting starts Monday.

The May 6 election also includes a race for two at-large seats on the Beverly Hills City Council and a race to be the next Valley Mills mayor.

Residents will also see a countywide proposition on the ballot. All McLennan County voters can cast their vote for or against a 2 percent hotel occupancy tax and a 5 percent tax on short-term car rentals. The ballot measure is aimed at raising more than $34.4 million to overhaul the 60-acre Extraco Events Center off Bosque Boulevard. Money raised from the taxes would not go into the county’s general fund, and its use would be restricted.

Lacy Lakeview City Council incumbents Barbara Seitz and Bruce Bundrant are hoping to serve another term. Seitz, 55, a financial adviser and insurance representative, and Bundrant, 73, who is retired, will face off against newcomers David C. Finch III, 25; Sharon Clark, 59, who is retired; and David A. Garcia, 35, a commercial driver.

The three candidates with the most votes will serve in the three at-large seats.

The would-be incumbent for the third at-large seat, Steven Moore, resigned from his post Jan. 24.

For Lacy Lakeview residents, early voting runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through April 28; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 29; and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 1 and May 2.

McLennan County voters can cast their ballot at any of the five early voting locations:

  • McLennan County Records Building, 214 N. Fourth St., suite 300, in Waco
  • Robinson Community Center, 106 W. Lyndale Drive
  • Waco Multi-Purpose Community Center, 1020 Elm Ave.
  • First Assembly of God Church, 6701 Bosque Blvd., in Waco
  • Hewitt Public Safety Facility, 100 Patriot Court.

Ballots by mail must be received by the McLennan County elections department no later than the close of business Tuesday.

Because the cities of Beverly Hills and Valley Mills did not partner with McLennan County for a joint election, residents in those cities will have different voting times and locations.

Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills voters can cast an early ballot from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through April 28 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 1 and May 2 at City Hall, 3418 Memorial Drive.

Newcomer LucyAnn Sanchez, 37, is vying for one of two at-large seats up for election on the Beverly Hills City Council. Sanchez is running against incumbents Kurt Vance, 73, who is retired, and Lance Leuschner, 42, a welder.

Mayor David Gonzales, 59, who is self-employed, is the only one who filed for his position.

Valley Mills

Valley Mills residents will pick the city’s next mayor this election.

Incumbent city councilmen Ray Bickerstaff and Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Wittmer both filed for the seat.

Incumbents Larry Turner and Bill McKain do not have a challenger for their at-large seats.

Valley Mills voters can cast an early ballot early from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through April 28, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 1 and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 2 at the Bosque County Courthouse, 110 S. Main St. in Meridian.

Cassie L. Smith has covered county government for the Tribune-Herald since June 2014. She previously worked as a reporter for the Beaumont Enterprise and The Eagle in Bryan-College Station. Smith graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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