The last day to vote early for the May 7 election is May 3. The ballot contains a host of races in Keller, Roanoke, Trophy Club, Westlake and Northeast Fort Worth along with two statewide propositions.
Voters in Tarrant and Denton counties may cast a ballot at any polling location in their respective counties from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 3. For early-voting locations in Tarrant County, click here. To look at early-voting locations in Denton County, click here.
As of 11 a.m. May 2, early-voting turnout in Tarrant County is at 3.17% with 39,370 ballots cast countywide from among over 1.24 million registered voters, according to Tarrant County’s turnout results. In Denton County, 26,045 people have voted early, according to Denton County. There are 588,305 registered voters eligible for the May 7 election in Denton County, according to county Elections Coordinator Wally Cochran, which brings the county's early-voting turnout so far to 4.43%.
Voters in Tarrant County may cast a ballot at any polling location in the county on election day. Denton County voters must vote at their assigned precinct on election day. Polls May 7 will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
To find out where to vote on election day in Tarrant County, click here. For Denton County residents, click here to find polling locations.
In Keller, City Council Place 3 and Place 4 are open. Sheri Almond, Place 3 incumbent and Keller Farmers Market executive director, is up against state Assistant Attorney General Jessica Juarez. Place 4 incumbent and educational coach Beckie Paquin will face off against entrepreneur and business owner Tag Green.
On the Trophy Club Town Council, Place 5 and Place 6 are up for election. LuAnne Oldham holds Place 5 and did not have any candidates file to run against her. Independent mediator Steve Flynn and Realtor Wendie Bailey are vying for Place 6.
Westlake Town Council’s mayor and two at-large council seats are up for election. Incumbent Mayor Laura Wheat, who is also a manager at Wheat Investments, is up against Sean Kilbride, who works in consulting.
Retired financial services executive Kim Greaves, incumbent and real estate professional Alesa Belvedere and financial services firm founder David Quint are running for Westlake Town Council’s two at-large seats. Voters will choose two of the three candidates.
In Keller ISD, Place 1, Place 2 and Place 3 on the board of trustees are up for election. Place 1 incumbent Craig Allen is up against Micah Young, a broker associate and real estate team owner. Karina Davis, Place 2 incumbent and human resources head, will face off against Joni Shaw Smith, creative director and multimedia live events producer, and certified Texas educator Julie Nors for her spot.
For the Keller ISD board of trustees Place 3, freelance writer and substitute teacher Sandi Walker and retired veteran James "Ed" Duncan are vying for the position.
On the Northwest ISD board of trustees, Place 3 and Place 4 are up for election. Place 3 incumbent and retired educator Anne Davis-Simpson is up against environmental scientist Stacey R. Bauer for her seat. Place 4 incumbent Judy Copp did not have any candidates file to run against her.
Four candidates are running to fill the unexpired term for Fort Worth City Council District 4. On the ballot are Alan Blaylock, who is retired and has lived in the district for more than 15 years; James H. McBride, a consultant who has lived in the district for more than six years; Teresa Ramirez, who is retired and has lived in the district for more than seven years; and Tara M. Wilson, a registered nurse who has lived in the district for more than three years.
The election will also include local propositions in Fort Worth, Roanoke and Trophy Club. In Fort Worth, propositions A-E propose a total of $560 million in capital projects. Fort Worth’s propositions F-R propose a variety of city charter amendments, including one seeking to increase annual pay for the mayor and City Council members.
In Roanoke, propositions A-C propose a variety of amendments to the city charter. Proposition D will ask voters whether to terminate the Roanoke Community and Economic Development Corp. and its 0.5% sales tax, contingent on the approval of Proposition E. Proposition E will ask voters whether to create the Roanoke Crime Control and Prevention District with a 0.5% sales tax.
Trophy Club voters will see Proposition A on the ballot, which proposes reauthorizing the town’s crime control and prevention district and its 0.25% sales tax for 20 more years. Proposition B will ask voters whether to renew the town’s 0.25% sales tax for street maintenance.
In addition, voters will see two statewide propositions on the ballot. Although property taxes are already frozen for people with disabilities and those age 65 and older, Proposition 1 will ask voters whether to allow the Texas Legislature to provide additional tax relief from school districts for those elderly and disabled homeowners with frozen taxes.
Proposition 2 will ask voters whether to increase the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public schools from $25,000 to $40,000.
Every homeowner in Texas is already offered a $25,000 homestead exemption on property taxes from public school districts—meaning the first $25,000 of a home’s appraised property value does not count against a homeowner’s annual property taxes, according to Joshua Blank, research director of the Texas Politics Project for The University of Texas. If approved, that exemption for homeowners would be raised to $40,000.
Early voting ends May 3: What Keller, Roanoke, Trophy Club, Westlake, Northeast Fort Worth voters need to know for May 7 election
Early voting for the May 7 election ends May 3. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)