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Local election season is in full swing with early voting beginning on Monday.
There are close to 100 candidates in Collin County vying for positions on city councils, school boards and a utility district. The Plano and Princeton school districts have school construction bond propositions on the ballot, and Princeton's voters also get a re-do of a hotly debated ballot measure to grant themselves a home rule charter.
While many races are opposed, a few have garnered widespread interest, and turnout is expected to be low.
Probably the most publicized race features a contest in east Plano between Pat Minor, recently the Plano Homeowners Council President and long-time community activist, and Justin Nichols, the young Collin County Teen Court manager. Nichols has received a lot of press in recent weeks after a Dallas paper ran a story about a young, gay man running for Plano city council. After the news story was published, Nichols had to fight to protect his county job. This race could be a close one.
Plano citizens will see the largest slate of election races. There are 4 City Council seats up for grabs, three of them held by incumbents. The Plano ISD races feature two contested positions and a $490 million bond proposition. Economic issues will be at the forefront - in a down-turn economy, the city is battling a projected budget shortfall, while the school district needs new school construction funding.
The most bizarre race has to be in Murphy. There, Mayor Brett Baldwin is running for re-election opposed by Craig Sherwood, the city's former City Manager. Sherwood resigned last year (most believe under pressure from the newly elected City Council) in the wake of widespread criticism over his inviting NBC Nightline's "To Catch a Predator" show to Murphy. The last episode should have been titled, "The fiasco in Murphy".
Mr. Sherwood was paid over $300,000 in severance pay to go away quietly, but he's back - and it's a grudge match.
Murphy politics has been volatile for several years. In the last election, supporters of Mayor Baldwin ousted the "old guard" and for the first time, gained a majority vote on the council. It's no surprise that this year every council race is opposed, and that every incumbent up for re-election has to campaign to keep their job.
Wylie citizens will have the opportunity to choose in every City Council and School Board position, up for re-election. All three incumbent council members, and all three incumbent school board trustees drew opponents. Mayor John Mondy faces stiff opposition from former councilman Eric Hogue.
The Wylie school board trustees drew criticism this year when they voted to fill a vacancy on the board with an ex-trustee, D. Baron Cook, who came under fire a few years ago for conflicts of interest allegations regarding land deals with the school district. Mr. Cook now is running for the unexpired term against Lance Goff who failed in a bid for a trustee's seat in the last election. Confusion and implementation issues over new school regulations of "standard dress code" has also caused the board to have to fight for re-election.
Allen voters will be able to choose between candidates in three contested City council slots and 2 Allen ISD trustee positions. Frisco citizens will also choose three council members and two school board trustees, while voters in the Seis Lagos Utility district will choose two "directors" in a round robin contest between 6 candidates.
All of the county's city and school board incumbents and candidates are campaigning to gain your trust in them so that they can serve their communities. All these positions are largely unpaid, and those who win face 2 to 4 years of generally thankless volunteer service. I applaud them, and urge you to respect their commitment by voting.
Early voting begins Monday and runs through Tuesday, May 6; early voting locations and sample ballots are here.
Election day is Saturday, May 10. Election day voting locations are here.
A complete list (I hope) of contested races is displayed below.
|Allen City||Allen ISD|
|Mayor||Mark Pacheco||Place 6||John Stephens|
|Steve Terrell (I)||Thomas F. Buchanan|
|Place 2||Louise Master (I)|
|Tearod L. Robertson||Place 7||Mark Jones (I)|
|Ross Obermeyer (I)||Sally B Bonham|
|Place 3 (unexpired term)||Richard Buchanan||Anna ISD|
|Ben Ferguson||Place 5||Ty Chapman (I)|
|Joey Herald||Becky Woodward|
|Anna City||Place 7||Mark Jones|
|Place 4||Darren R. Driskell||Larissa Thornburg|
|Jon K. Hendricks|
|Celina City||Frisco ISD|
|Mayor||Jim Lewis||Place 4||Brenda J. Polk (I)|
|G.L. Bud Phillips||Janet MacCubbin|
|Place 6||Gene W. Christensen||Place 5||Jeremy Starritt|
|Sean Terry||Richard A Beaver (I)|
|Mayor||Matt Lafata||Lovejoy ISD|
|Maher Maso||Position 4||Kerry Leath|
|Place 5||Tim H. Nelson||Julie James|
|John C. Newsome||Position 5||Brad Northcutt|
|Antonio Lueano||Rich Hickman (I)|
|Place 6||Jim Tupper||McKinney ISD|
|Scott Johnson||Place 4||Jim Pikl|
|Buddy Clark||Dick Stevens|
|La Della Levy||Mark P. Yablon|
|Ref. 1||Late hours alcohol consumption|
|McKinney City||Melissa ISD|
|At-Large||Marta Gore||Place 2||Leland Dysart (I)|
|Sherry Tucker David||Tina Helmberger|
|Pete Huff||Plano ISD|
|Murphy City||Place 4||Brad Shanklin|
|Mayor||Bret Baldwin (I)||Robert Canright|
|David Scarborough||Place 5||Lloyd "Skip" Jenkins (I)|
|Craig W. Sherwood||Michael Mariano|
|Place 3||Jerry Lington||David Hall|
|John Daugherty||Prop 1||$490 million for school buildings|
|Place 5||Mike Daniel (I)||Princeton ISD|
|Terry Lynn Stallcup||Vote for 1, 2 or none||Angela Dooley (I)|
|Parker City||Donnie Campbell|
|Mayor||Joe Cordina||John Murray|
|Jim Threadgill||Rebecca Henery|
|At-Large||Scott Levine||Prop 1||$46.6 million for school buildings|
|Eleanor Evans (I)||Seis Lagos Utility Dist.|
|James Clay||Director (vote for 1,2 or none)||Rolando Ramon|
|Plano City||Rick Collins|
|Place 1, Dist. 1||Pat Minor||Frank Jurotich|
|Justin P. Nichols||Diane Lydick|
|Place 3, Dist. 3||Loretta Ellerbe (I)||Gary Bowland (I)|
|Mabrie Jackson||Scott Wilkinson|
|Place 5||Harry LaRosiliere? (I)||Jennifer Hart|
|Russel Head||Wylie ISD|
|Place 7||Jean Callison (I)||Place 1||Barbara Goss|
|Danny Morris||Ronnie Fetzer (I)|
|Princeton City||Place 2||Ralph James (I)|
|Place 5||Ken Bowers||James. R. Griffin|
|Rocky Lemley (I)||Place 4 (unexpired term)||D. Baron Cook (I)|
|Prop 1||Adopt Home Rule||Lance Goff|
|Place 5||David F. Bristol (I)|
|Mayor||John Mondy (I)|
|Place 5||Rick White (I)|
|Place 6||Carter Porter (I)|
Progressivism is a term that refers to a broad school of international social and political philosophies.
The term progressive was first widely used in late 19th century America, in reference to a general branch of political thought which arose as a response to the vast changes brought by industrialization, and as an alternative both to the traditional conservative response to social and economic issues and to the various more or less radical streams of socialism and anarchism which opposed them. Political parties such as the American Progressive Party organized at the start of the 20th century, and progressivism made great strides under American presidents William H. Taft, Woodrow Wilson, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Progressivism historically advocates the advancement of workers' rights and social justice. The progressives were early proponents of anti-trust laws, regulation of large corporations and monopolies, as well as government-funded environmentalism and the creation of National Parks and Wildlife Refuges.
What's really sad is Maury implies that liberals should vote for Justin just because he's gay but warns liberals not to vote for him because he's a conservative.
I'm curious how Maury knows what Justin's positions are compared with Pat Miner's since I don't see a single debate or any real exposé on the issues in the local media. Maybe Bill can point me to it. I'm talking about an objective review of the candidates' positions versus their own personal Web sites that says they were raised in Plano and have two dogs and a cat.
Hey, Bill. The first quarter had .6% growth nationally. Still no recession.
Abe Lincoln and Grant (Republicans) both set aside Yosemite and Yellowstone. Theodore Roosevelt (Republican() was the first conservationist, creating the Antiquities Act and creating the majority of our national parks and monuments.
On environmentalism, Richard Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency.
On anti-trust laws:
John Sherman authored the Sherman Act and was a Republican. Free enterprise is a core Republican ideal. Theodore Roosevelt (Republican) sued 45 companies under the Sherman Act. Taft (Republican) sued 75.
Today, "progressive" means you are for gay marriage, gun control, pro-choice, wealth redistribution, penalizing automobile use, legalizing drugs, protecting certain groups more than others via hate laws, racial/orientation/gender quotas in universities and public jobs, government-run healthcare.
Consensus building campaigns beat fear uncertainty and doubt every time.
Great blog, keep up the good fight, Bill.
"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change" - Charles Darwin
I prefer to vote against the incumbent, so this is very useful.
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