Deadline nears

Thursday is the deadline for voters to make sure they are registered in order to be able to participate in the May 9 elections in Texas.

Voters have only a few days left to make sure they can participate in the May municipal election, which will fill four seats on the Greenville City Council and two spots on the Greenville Independent School District Board of Trustees.

Voters in Quinlan will be heading to the polls next month to decide whether to allow the sale of liquor, in additional to beer and wine, in local stores. There are also multiple city council, school board and utility district elections on the May 9 ballot.

Thursday at 5 p.m. is the deadline to register to vote, or make sure the address is correct on the voter registration card, to be eligible to cast a ballot for the election.

— Places 1, 5 and 6 on the Greenville City Council, along with the mayor’s post, are to be decided May 9.

David Dreiling and Dan Perkins have filed for the office of Mayor of Greenville, while Dr. Jerry Ransom and David Charles Stewart are seeking the unexpired term in Place 1, being vacated by Perkins in his run for the mayor’s post.

Incumbent P{ace 5 Council member Renee Francey is facing Brent Money, who previously has served as the Greenville City Attorney.

Cedric Dean is unopposed in seeking the Place 6 seat on the council.

— There will be one contested race for a place on the Greenville ISD Board during the May 9 election. Two seats, Districts 5 and 7, are to be decided. District 5 incumbent Leah Tillotson and Place 7 incumbent Charles Sivley chose not to seek re-election. Tom Tillotson will face John Kelso for the District 5 seat, while Aaron Adel is unopposed in seeking the District 7 post.

— If voters say yes, Quinlan will become the third city in Hunt County to allow liquor sales.  An item on the ballot asks whether voters will approve the legal sale of liquor for off-premises consumption only, in other words at retail stores, inside the city limits of Quinlan. Voters in the city approved the sale of beer and wine for off-premises consumption in 2010.

Currently, only the cities of Commerce and Neylandville allow the sale of liquor, as well as beer and wine, in stores in Hunt County. Voters in Campbell defeated a liquor sales referendum in 2013.

Early voting will take place between April 27 and May 5.

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