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 was the deadline to file for city council and school board positions.
In Robinson, residents will decide three at-large city council seats. Once candidates are elected, the council will appoint the mayor at its meeting immediately following the swearing in for the newly elected council.
The three incumbents have filed to run again: Mayor Bryan Ferguson, 56; Mayor Pro Tem Rusty Steed, and E. Warren Johnson, 63. Challengers include Lucy Harper, 47; Steve Janics, 62; Jimmy Rogers, 38; and Vernon Leuschner, 64. The top three vote-getters in the Nov. 3 election win the three at-large seats.
West will have three contested races on the ballot, including the mayor’s seat and two council positions.
One of those seats is held by Councilwoman Jay Gerik, who is not running again since she has moved outside the city limits.
Suzy Price, 64, is running to unseat Mayor Tommy Muska, 58. Vying for the two council seats are David Pratka, 43; Karla Hoelschier Dulock, 50; Incumbent Al Vanek, 71; and Jamie Allnutt, 53. The top two vote-getters for the two council seats will be elected.
There are three at-large council positions up for re-election in the city of Riesel.
Four people are running including Kevin S. Hogg, 41; Al Bumelis, 70; incumbent Bobby Dieterich, 45; and Brandon Blasingame, 39. The top three vote-getters win election.
Seven people are running for three Riesel ISD board positions: incumbent Brian Aycock, 43; Deanna Davis, 45; Kooper Sjolander, 33; Ray Stripling, 57; Adam Benton (no age on application); Aleishia Meyer Miller, 47; and Brian Robert, 45. The top three vote-getters will win positions on the board.
Riesel and Waco independent school districts also will have measures on the ballot.
Voters within the Waco Independent School District will be asked to approve a 13-cent increase in the maintenance and operation tax rate, from $1.04 to $1.17 per $100 in property valuation. School officials plan to offset the 13-cent increase by lowering the debt-service tax rate by 8 cents.
More than 700 signatures were gathered in April, prompting an election to decide two measures regarding the sale of alcohol in Bellmead. One would allow liquor to be sold in an on-premises site, like a liquor store, while the other would allow it to be sold by the glass, which includes mixed beverages for on-site consumption. Officials with the city of Moody did not respond for requests for information by the end of the business day Friday.
Early voting starts Oct. 19 and runs through Oct. 30. The last day to register to vote is Oct. 5.