BANGS Residents here voted in mayoral, city council and school board races and also approved three sales tax propositions Saturday.
In the race for mayor, incumbent Carrol Wells defeated C.B. Alexander by a count of 170-84. Wells will serve a two-year term.
In the race for the two at-large council seats, newcomer Steve Whittenberg, with 168 votes and incumbent Waymond Sheppard with 166 defeated longtime council member Rita Barnes, who received 109 votes.
In a six-person race for two seats on the Bangs school board, Dennis Sanchez and write-in candidate Pam Bryant, with 196 and 126 votes, respectively, defeated incumbents Brad Davis and Jimmy Conner. Davis received 91 votes, while Conner received 124. Larry Drury scored 110 votes, while Rodney James received 116.
Wells said she is looking to the future.
I am totally excited for our city, Wells said. This means the city can move forward in a tremendous way. I am truly proud of our citizens.
I am grateful and humble by the support shown by the voters, Whittenberg said. I am ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work with the mayor and the rest of the council. I am very grateful to my wife Patty who has supported me through the election.
Sheppard said he is excited about continuing as a councilman.
I am very happy, Sheppard said. I hope we can continue to move on. We have accomplished a great deal in the last year.
Whittenberg and Sheppard will both serve two-year terms.
Proposition I, a one-quarter cent sales tax for street maintenance, was approved 179-46. Proposition II, a one-half cent sales tax for economic development, was approved 141-82. Proposition III, a one-quarter cent sales tax to fund a Municipal Development District for extraterritorial jurisdiction, was narrowly adopted, 119-112.
I believe the reason the numbers were so close with Proposition III is because there was confusion about what it is, Wells said. I think many people felt it dealt with annexation and that is not in our vocabulary.
Sanchez and Bryant will serve three-year terms on the school board.
After the results were posted at nearly 11 p.m. Saturday night, Bryant said she was honored.
I would like to thank all of the people in the Bangs ISD area who gave me the confidence and encouragement to stand up and run for this position. Now, I am ready to begin working to promote a platform which is strong on academics and also increases the educational welfare of all Bangs students.
Sanchez could not be reached for comment.
The Bangs City Council will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to administer oaths of office.