By Chris Edwards
Tyler County residents turned out to the polls on Election Day, Nov. 5, to vote for a variety of races throughout the county, as well as several statewide constitutional amendments.
In the Ivanhoe City Council election, which had candidates trying for three at large seats, the following votes were received: Tommy Morris 144; Skip Blackstone 138; David Herrington 136; Karen Fidler 121; Rowland Priddy 117; Ray McGlaun 98 and Debbie Peterson 57.
The ballot item for the City of Ivanhoe, Proposition A, for a city sales tax allocation, passed with 214 residents voting for the proposition and 91 against it.
In the Colmesneil ISD Board of Trustees election, voters chose Bo Bendy for an at-large full term on the CISD board with 298 votes. Kenneth Graham received 255 votes and Curtis Pittman 176. For an at-large unexpired seat on the board, Luke Wilkinson received 329 votes to Brian K. Bell’s 130.
Incumbents won new terms on the Woodville ISD Board of Trustees for places 6 and 7, with John Wilson winning with 488 votes to Kris Fowler’s 457 and Josh McClure with 514 votes to John David Risinger’s 468.
In the statewide constitutional amendment proposition 4, which made it more challenging for future state lawmakers to pass a state income tax Tyler Countians voted 2,388 for and 388 against. Statewide, the measure passed 74% to 26% with 1,467,994 votes in favor of it to 504,848 against.
Nine other propositions were on the ballot for amending the state constitution. These amendments ranged from one allowing municipal court judges to serve multiple municipalities to one allowing the Texas Water Development Board to issue bonds to fund water and wastewater infrastructure projects in low median income areas. Voters across the state approved all of these amendments, save for Proposition 1, which pertained to municipal court judges.