More elections are coming soon

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The dust hasn’t settled from this year’s state party primary election campaigns — and runoffs in some of those races are yet to come on May 27 — but get ready for more roadside signs, candidates knocking on your door and election literature in your mailbox.

Next up are all-important municipal and school district elections scheduled May 10. Early voting is April 28 through May 6.

Fort Worth and Arlington have busy ballots. There will also be council elections in Colleyville, Mansfield and Southlake, and school board elections in the Grapevine-Colleyville and Mansfield districts.

The Arlington school board is submitting a $663.1 million bond package to voters. The board spent years setting impressive goals and got assistance from a local committee in determining what facilities are needed to meet those goals.

The result is a proposal that would transform the district’s academic, arts, sports, transportation and technology programs.

The Fort Worth City Council is putting a $292 million bond program before voters. It’s primarily transportation-related ($219.74 million) but also includes allocations for parks and community services, libraries, fire stations, municipal court renovations, facility expenses, and animal care and control.

A six-candidate race for the District 9 seat on the Fort Worth council will draw a lot of attention. Councilman Joel Burns is giving it up a year early to enter a midcareer master’s degree program at Harvard.

Two Arlington council seats and one Arlington school board seat have drawn challengers.

Hang on. Local elections can get bumpy.

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