By CHERIL VERNON
Voters will have the opportunity to choose a new City of Palestine mayor, as well as vote in a city council election as the polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.
Current District 5 council member Therrell Thomas and local businessman Timothy Triplett are vying for the city’s top spot as mayor.
Meanwhile, incumbent Steve Presley will face local businessman Sam Aryanpur on the ballot for the City Council District 6 spot.
City of Palestine polling locations include:
• 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
Palestine and Elkhart independent school district also have contested races for school board seats.
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 on Saturday at Palestine ISD administrative office, located in the old Sam Houston school at 1007 E. Park Ave.
At Elkhart Independent School District, there is one contested race. For the election, Position 3 incumbent Steve Ham will face candidate Gary McShan for that spot on the board.
Polls will be open on election day at First Baptist Church of Elkhart.