Cooke County —
Saturday’s unofficial election day results brought the sale of liquor to a Cooke County precinct, new candidates to local school boards and the failure of passage of a $12 million campus improvement bond.
The option for liquor sales in Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 — an area that encompasses portions of Valley View, Era, Muenster and Lake Kiowa — passed in favor of the legal sale of all alcoholic beverages (including mixed beverages) for licensed vendors, with 750 votes in support of it and 263 in opposition.
This precinct contains seven voting precincts with a total of 6,826 registered voters; during Saturday’s election, a total of 1,013 ballots were cast.
Other election results:
• A proposal in the Valley View Independent School District to finance a $12 million campus improvement package failed, with 293 votes cast against the bond and 282 cast in support of it.
According to Valley View ISD administration, proposed renovations to the Valley View elementary school’s cafeteria dining hall and kitchen will proceed as planned, since they were never slated to be financed by the bond. But if passed, the proposed bond package would have funded a campus perimeter security update; additions to the high school and middle school, including new science laboratories and classrooms, a new family and consumer sciences lab and a new practice gymnasium; additions to the elementary school; renovations to existing buildings; sidewalk and site drainage improvements; a redesign of parking and traffic circulation on campus; and a new agriculture science center that provides an exhibition hall and buildings for livestock — and doubles as a secure bus storage area when not being used for other purposes. This $12 million bond would have increased ad valorem taxes among school district residents by 32 cents per $100 valuation, raising the rate from $1.12 to $1.44. (During Saturday’s election, incumbent Valley View ISD school board members Clint Grant, Carl Maughan and Corinne French were re-elected.)
• In the Gainesville Independent School District board election, candidates Kent Sharp and Corey Hardin were elected to the seats. Place 6 candidate Sharp received 282 votes while opponent Leannya Craven received 97, and Place 7 candidate Hardin received 298 votes while opponent Larry Hennesy received 99. Canvassing of votes in this election is set for Monday, May 20, during the next Gainesville ISD board meeting.
• In the Lindsay Independent School District board election, Julie Martin and Phillip Metzler were elected as members. Martin took 152 votes; Metzler took 114 votes; incumbent Jill Fuhrmann took 97 votes, incumbent Jim Ott took 85 votes and Jennifer Worth took 42 votes.
• In the Callisburg Independent School District board election, Sharron Acker received 438 votes; Jack Oppel received 290 votes; Dusty Weaver received 242 votes; Kent Colteryahn received 134 votes and Donny Wilson received 96 votes.
• In the Gainesville Hospital District board election, unofficial results showed Don Wallace received 408 votes; Robbie Baugh received 521 votes; Lynda Sandmann received 470 votes; C.B. “Butch” Streeter received 281 votes; Raj Patel received 152 votes; Ken White received 153 votes; Nancy Carlton received 191 votes; and Emmanuel Alvarado received 142 votes. All winners will serve three-year terms. Canvassing of votes in this election is set for 11:30 a.m. Thursday.