Filing Date for City and School Elections Near

By Jim Rogers

Filing dates approach for three two-year terms for alderman in the City of Winnsboro and two three-year terms for Winnsboro ISD trustees.

As the City of Winnsboro staff returns from the New Year holiday, they are at work preparing for the January 11th City Council meeting and facing a few staff issues related to COVID. City Secretary Angie Pike is also preparing for a May municipal election.

First day to file for the May 7, 2022 municipal election is Wednesday, January 19. Last day to file for a place on the general ballot is Friday, February 18, 2022. Last day for those citizens of Winnsboro not registered to vote but who desire to do so is Thursday, April 7.

Three two-year alderman seats will be on the ballot this year. Alderman seats currently held by Randy Parrish, Jim Hollowell, and David Corning will be on the ballot.

Mr. Corning is serving in his first term on the council. Mr. Parrish has served for a number of years off and on as an alderman. His breaks in service came about as a result of business responsibilities and pursuits. Mr. Parrish served as mayor of the city for two terms from 2015 through 2019. Jim Hollowell has served on the council from 2014 to the present, with a short break between the end of his term in 2016 and his appointment to council in 2017. In 2017, he was appointed to fill an unexpired term.

To be eligible for alderman, a candidate must be a U.S. citizen, have been a Texas resident for at least 12 months as of the deadline for filing for office and have resided in the city for at least 12-month preceding election day. The candidate must have a current voter registration certificate, be 18-years of age or older at the time the term begins; not have been convicted of a felony for which he or she has not been pardoned; and has not been deemed mentally incompetent by a final judgement of the court. For more information on the duties of an alderman, see “How Cities Work” on the city website: cityofwinnsboro.org.

In order to be eligible to register to vote in the city election, one must be 18-years of age or older on the date of the election; a U.S. citizen and resident of the city on the day of the election; not a convicted felon (you may be eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence, probation or parole); and not declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

Election Day is Saturday, May 7 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Winnsboro Civic Center, 915 Wheeler Drive. Early voting by personal appearance for the city council election is Monday, April 25. Last day to apply for a ballot by mail is Tuesday, April 26. Early voting ends May 3 and the last day to receive ballot by mail is May 7. Early voting dates and times will be announced  by election officials prior to the general election.

Filling an application for one of the two-three year terms on the Winnsboro School Board on the May 7, 2022 ballot begins January 19. Deadline to file is February 18. WISD Board President, Brandon Green and Board Vice-President Ron Smedley currently hold the two seats that are eligible for the ballot.

To file an application for a seat on the school board, the applicant must be 18-years of age, be a resident of the state for one year and a resident of the school district for six months prior to the filing deadline, and must be a registered voter in the district by the filing date. May 7, 2022 is Election Day with voting at the Winnsboro Civic Center from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Early voting in the school board election is currently set for April 25-May 3 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Wood County Annex Building, 200 W Bermuda Street, Quitman. There will be no Saturday or Sunday voting for the school board election. The location and times are subject to change by the County Election administrator.

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