The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

May 9, 2013

Early voting tallied in city, school races

Staff Reports
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — Early voting totals have been tallied for the City of Palestine and school board races at Palestine and Elkhart independent school districts, as the early voting period ended Tuesday.

There are two contested seats for Palestine City Council this year — including that of outgoing mayor Bob Herrington and the District 6 spot currently held by Steve Presley.

Presley will face local businessman Sam Aryanpur on the ballot for the District 6 spot, with current District 5 council member Therrell Thomas and local businessman Timothy Triplett vying for the city’s top spot as mayor.

For the City of Palestine, a total of 553 people took advantage of early voting — with 137 voting in District 6 and 416 votes collected for all other districts.

The term of office for these positions is two years, from May 2013 to May 2015. Herrington previously announced that he would not seek re-election.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday on election day at the following locations:

• District 1 — Freedom Fellowship Church, 125 Kickapoo St.

• District 2 — New Fellowship Christian Church, 1500 W. Reagan St.

• District 3 — Washington Early Childhood Center, 1020 Hamlett St.

• District 4 — Westwood Jr. High School, 1801 Panther Dr.

• District 5 — Palestine ISD Administrative Offices, 1007 E. Park Ave.

• District 6 — Palestine High School, 1600 South Loop 256  


Approximately 376 people voted early for the Palestine Independent School District school board races.

Three incumbents filed for re-election to the Palestine Independent School District board including Dana Staples for Place 3, Rickey Ferguson for Place 4 and Janie Sepulveda for Place 5.

Candidates running against them include JoJo Dickerson in Place 3, Kenneth R. Jordan in Place 4 and Mitchell W. Jordan in Place 5.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday on election day at Palestine ISD administrative office, located in the old Sam Houston school at 1007 E. Park Ave.


At Elkhart Independent School District, 46 people voted early.

For the election, Position 3 incumbent Steve Ham will face candidate Gary McShan for that spot on the board.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday on election day at the district administration building, located at 301 E. Parker St. in Elkhart.