Early voting for the May 10 general election for city and schools will start Monday.
The City of Palestine has two contested races, while Oakwood Independent School District has one contested race and Slocum Independent School District is holding a bond election to consider building a new high school and competition gymnasium. Other area school districts canceled their elections due to no contested races.
The City of Palestine's contested races are for District 1 and District 4.
Incumbent Will Brule did not file for reelection to his District 1 seat, with candidates Ricky Minton and Adam Harding facing off on the ballot in May for a two-year term from May 2014 to May 2016.
A special election will be held in conjunction with the general election for an unexpired term in District 4, held by the late James H. Yelverton, who passed away Feb. 17. That term will expire in May 2015, with whoever is elected to that seat having to run again at that time. Three candidates are vying for the District 4 spot, including Joseph Thompson, Kenneth Davidson and Harvey Joe Baxter.
Early voting by personal appearance will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays from Monday, April 28 to Tuesday, May 6 at City Hall, located at 504 N. Queen St. in Palestine. Extended hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. will be on Tuesday, April 29 and Tuesday, May 6.
A sample ballot is available on the city website, www.cityofpalestinetx.com. For more information on city elections, contact City Secretary Teresa Herrera at 903-731-8414.
The regular city election voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 10 at Freedom Fellowship Church, 125 Kickapoo St. for District 1, and at Westwood Junior High School, 1801 Panther Dr. for District 4.
Oakwood Independent School District is the lone school district in the Palestine area to hold a trustee election on May 10.