On May 9th, all three of the government entities in Mason County will be holding elections. For the City and School District, the elections will be between candidates running for seats on those bodies. For the County, it will be to decide whether or not to implement a sales tax increase to help fund the EMS services.
Early voting in all three elections begins on Monday, April 27. For the County, early voting will be held in the Courthouse. For the City, the early voting will be at the City office. And, for the School District, early voting will be conducted at the MISD Administrative office. Early voting will continue through Tuesday, May 5th.
On the actual election day, Saturday, May 9th, the City and School will both conduct their elections at the City office. The County will have all voters casting their ballots in the Commissioners' Courtroom of the Courthouse.
City voters are choosing between two candidates to fill the unexpired seat of former Commissioner Eloise Burges in District 1. The candidates are John Schafft and Jared Carter. Districts 2 and 4 (held by Anna Velez and William Beaty, respectively), were unopposed and have already been declared.
The MISD voters will be choosing between incumbent Shannon Worrell, and challenger, Gigi Duarte. Tommy Bierschwale was unopposed in his bid to replace retiring board member Amanda McMillan, and Tina Cantu was unopposed in her bid for reelection.
Mason County voters will have one issue on the ballot, with a simple "FOR" or "AGAINST" selection. The wording will read: "The increase of the local sales and use tax in Mason County at the rate of one-half percent to continue to provide for health services (EMS) in Mason County."
Voters should contact the respective entities to determine eligiblity to vote in each election, if they are uncertain.