Coppell ISD postpones May 2 election to November

Elections are encouraged to be suspended until Nov. 3 in Texas, according to a proclamation issued by Gov. Greg Abbott on March 18. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Elections are encouraged to be suspended until Nov. 3 in Texas, according to a proclamation issued by Gov. Greg Abbott on March 18. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Elections are encouraged to be suspended until Nov. 3 in Texas, according to a proclamation issued by Gov. Greg Abbott on March 18. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Coppell ISD trustees voted Monday to postpone their May 2 election until Nov. 3.

Any candidate who filed for the May 2 election will remain valid, and the filing period will not be reopened for the new Nov. 3 date. The motion passed 7-0.

"The recommendation by most of the powers that be–the governor and county commissioners–have recommend that we move to the general election in November," Board President Thom Hulme said.

On March 18, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott granted local governments the authority to postpone their elections amid coronavirus concerns.

CISD Trustee Anthony Hill signaled his worry about putting a nonpartisan school board election on the same ballot as a partisan election.


"It's the partisan piece that's really more of the concern for me," Hill said. "Now for nonpartisan [election], you do get caught up in that whether you like it or not."

Only three candidates filed for the CISD election. Incumbent trustee David Caviness is running unopposed for his Place 5 seat. Incumbent Hulme is running against candidate Neena Biswas for Place 4.

The decision to postpone the election comes as CISD students began their first week of online courses March 23.