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Early voting kicks off Monday

Voters to decide on amendments and local representatives

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Voters will head to the polls again next week as early voting in the upcoming May 7 local elections gets underway, along with a pair of constitutional amendments.

On the ballot across the state of Texas is a Special Election related to a pair of propositions designed to assist Texas taxpayers with school taxes.

Proposition 1 looks to reduce the tax burden on taxpayers over the age of 65 or with a disabled exemption on their homestead. If this proposition passes, it will freeze values for school taxes to decline, with a $110 reduction in the first year, followed by a $125 drop in the second; continuing to grow each year.

If this proposition passes, it will take effect on Jan. 1, 2023.

In the case of Proposition 2, it will benefit all homesteads, with an increase of $15,000 to the homestead exemption. This would increase the total exemption to $40,000.

This proposition would save the 5.67 million homestead exemptions an average of $175 towards school taxes.

The state would make up for any monies lost through local property taxes, thus not taking money away from schools.

Proposition 2 would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2022, and would be reflected on fall tax statements.

Locally voters in the cities of Ames, Cleveland, Daisetta, Dayton, and Hardin, as well as Cleveland, Hardin, and Hull-Daisetta ISD, and the Liberty County Hospital Dist. No. 1 will head to the polls.

Voters in Dayton will also be casting a ballot on six charter amendments, highlighted by a change to term limits from two to three years, which would be done on an at large ba sis by getting rid of positions.

There will be six early voting locations throughout Liberty County for voters to cast ballots in any race. Voting Monday, April 25 – Friday, April 29 is from 9 am – 6 pm, while the polls will be open for early voting from 7 am-7 pm on Monday, May 2 – Tuesday, May 3.

Jack Hartel Building - 716 San Jacinto Street, Liberty, TX 77575

Dayton Community Center – 801 S. Cleveland St., Dayton, TX 77535

Hardin City Hall – 142 CR 2010, Liberty, TX 77575

Cleveland Civic Center – 210 Peach St., Cleveland, TX 77327

Santa Fe Admin Building – 1680 RD 3549, Cleveland, TX 77322

Daisetta High School – 117 N. Main St., Daisetta, TX 77533

Below is a list of candidates in each contested race, as they will appear on the ballot.

Liberty County Hospital District No. 1 (At Large 2 Positions)

Julie Woodward

Marcus T. Brand

Milton L. Fregia

Victor Barranco

Bill Griffin

City of Ames Position 1

Michael Trahan

Quatomonique Chil dress

Wellona Robertson

Position 2

Elizabeth Hardy

Reggie Rollins

Eugene E. Redmon

Position 1

Barbara Domain

Alfred Lee Freeman Jr.

City of Cleveland Position 3

Eddie C. Lowery

James Franklin

Position 4

Desiree D. David

Rachell Hall

Delores Terry

Position 5

Fred Terrell

Mike Doyle

Erika Montesnieto

City of Daisetta Position 3

Lori L. Tidwell

Rodger D. Slusher, Sr.

City of Dayton Position 1

Tonya Smikal

Dwight Pruitt

Position 2

Janette Goulder-Frick

Josh Townsend

Sherial L. Lawson

City Hardin Place 3

Phyllis Lewing

Tommy Small

Place 4

Julie Terry

David Meadows

City of Liberty (At Large 3 Positions)

Tommy Brents

Ed Seymour

David W. Arnold J.L. “Chipper” Smith

J.L. “Chipper” Smith

Cleveland ISD Trustee Position 4

LaDerrington Baldwin

Willie Carter

Trustee Position 5

Sharica S. Lewis

Amanda Sandoval Brooks

Hardin ISD Trustee Place 3

James Bubba Campbell

Charlie Wakefield Stephanie Johnson

Stephanie Johnson Clark

Trustee Place 4

Dana Holst

Joey Scheffler

Trustee Place 5

Jennifer Parker

Charles Bolds

Trustee 7

Bethany Walker

Michelle Hotaling

Hull-Daisetta ISD Trustee Position 6

Bradley Davis

Anna Lou Warren

Colby Fregia

Trustee Position 7

Anthony Gerard Eaglin

Jim Parker