Key Fort Worth area elections up for voter decisions today

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Today is Election Day for city, school district and Tarrant Regional Water District elections in Tarrant County. Polls are scheduled to be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Early voting, which ran April 29 to Tuesday, was heavy in some key races. Bitter campaigns for three board seats for the Tarrant Regional Water District drove up the early votes there, with 8,150 early ballots cast compared to about 4,000 in 2010 and 2008, according to the Tarrant County Elections Department.

In the 2010 and 2008 water district elections, about twice as many ballots were cast on Election Day than in early voting. Today’s voting will be decisive.

Other major contests include races for city council and school board seats in Arlington and Fort Worth, as well as a term limits proposal in Grapevine and a bond election in the Birdville school district.

The Star-Telegram Editorial Board interviewed the candidates and studied the major questions in key elections across the county. The board published its recommendations before the start of early voting.

Although board members feel strongly about these recommendations, they expect voters to make up their own minds. Star-Telegram readers tend to be independent thinkers.

Here are the board’s recommendations in those key elections:

Arlington City Council

Mayor: Robert Cluck

District 4: Kathryn Wilemon

District 5: Lana Wolff

District 8: Michael Glaspie

Arlington school board

Place 4: John Hibbs

Place 5: Jamie Sullins

Birdville school district

Bond election: For

Fort Worth City Council

District 2: Sal Espino

District 4: Danny Scarth

District 5: Gyna Bivens

District 8: Kathleen Hicks

Fort Worth school board

District 1: Jacinto A. Ramos Jr.

District 9: Ashley Paz

Grapevine

Term limits: Against

Tarrant Regional Water District

Board members: Vic Henderson, Hal S. Sparks III, Jack R. Stevens

Weatherford school district

Bond election: For

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