Voters go to the polls today across Texas to cast ballots in local elections which, in the City of Brownwood at least, offer no candidates for office but four hotly debated propositions.
The Brown County Water Improvement District No. 1 will also be holding a directors’ election, and several other Brown County governmental entities have elections. Some, however, called off their elections because contests did not materialize.
Voting for the City of Brownwood and the water district will be held at the Coliseum Annex, 110 S. Greenleaf, Brownwood. Hours will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The ballot for Brownwood voters will include Proposition 1, which would change the way the city names its police chief from an election to an appointment, or hiring. A total of 1,358 votes were cast during early voting which ended on Tuesday.
Three other propositions would allow the city to direct economic development sales tax dollars to support a portion of a parks development plan that would build a swimming pool and ball parks in Camp Bowie and improve facilities for the senior citizens center.
Residents of the Brown County Water Improvement District No. 1, which is roughly in the area of the cities of Brownwood and Early as the city limits stood in the early 20th century, will vote to elect board members to four-year terms. Incumbents Stuart Coleman, Jay Timmins and Pierre Osbourn, along with challenger Tommy Davis have filed.
Meanwhile, in the Bangs City Council elections, Mayor Steve Whittenberg, incumbent council members Kyle Teston and Marisa Craddock, and challenger Kim Henderson have filed.
For Bangs school board, incumbents Gary Hamrick and Lyndyl Tidwell have filed, as have challengers Sandy Bryson and Larry Drury.
In Blanket, Place 1 incumbent Curt Tunnell is unopposed for school board, but Place 2 incumbent Greg Willborn is challenged by Pamela Barron and James Heard.
No contests developed for Early City Council or Early ISD trustee, nor for Blanket City Council.