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Early voting opens Monday for May 6 elections

April 20th, 2017 under Top Stories

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

MARFA — Early voting for the non-partisan city and school elections begins Monday, April 24, when the City Hall polling place will be open from 7am – 7pm. Those wishing to vote early must present themselves in person at the Casner room at Marfa City Hall.

City Hall will be open for early voting between 8am and noon, and again between 1-5pm on April 25 through April 30. On Monday, May 1, City Hall will again be open 7am – 7pm for early voting.

Election Day is Saturday, May 6. Ballots can be cast at City Hall from 7am to 7pm for both city council and school board elections.

With Mayor Dan Dunlap leaving the office he’s held for the past 10 years, current city council member and former Marfa mayor Genevieve Bassham, artist and educator Ann Marie Nafziger, and accountant Lineaus Hooper Lorette are contesting for the mayoral office.

Should Bassham win the election, a vacancy on the city council would be left open, which would be filled until the next election with a council member appointed by the council.

Up for election are two city council positions, with council member Josie Simpson filing for re-election and Peter Stanley opting to not run for his seat.

Along with Simpson, Pizza Foundation co-owner Saarin Keck, retired educator and mechanic Brit Webb, retired Presidio County Appraisal District chief appraiser Irma Salgado, artist and gallery owner Meghan Gerety, and former city council and school board member Raul Lara are vying for the two available council seats.

The two candidates with the highest vote totals will take the oath of office.

The other May 6 election will see three places on the Marfa school board chosen.

Of the three available school board seats, only Place 4 appointed incumbent Eric Wilmarth drew opponents, leading to a three-way race between game warden Wilmarth, retired educator and community volunteer Davild Walstrom, and Ranch Candy/Spare Parts co-owner Joe Pat Clayton.

Current school board member Katie Price Fowlkes is unopposed and Lori Flores was the only candidate to sign up for the trustee post currently held by Mahala Guevara, who is not seeking re-election.

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