Whether you’re a local-politics enthusiast or just sick of all the campaign signs lining the streets, Saturday is your day.
Polls for local general elections are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, when Mansfield city and school district voters will --barring a runoff election -- decide contests for two City Council seats and one school board seat.
Place 3 Councilman Stephen Lindsey, 45, is facing 19-year-old Anthony Gonzales, a UT Arlington freshman pursuing a civil engineering degree.
Place 5 Councilman Cory Hoffman, 45, has drawn two challengers -- Marine recruiter Larry Menendez Jr., 42, and Tamera Bounds, 56, director of rehabilitation for 32 skilled-nursing facilities.
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Lindsey, who has served on the council since 2010, has announced that, if he wins, he would step down after the three-year term to pursue a state elected office.
Lindsay has said he wants to continue the council’s work on economic development projects and opening areas for quality residential development. As the city’s representative on the Regional Transportation Council, he wants to continue working on major highway projects that could affect Mansfield.
Gonzales has said he expects no problems balancing a council seat with his schoolwork. His issues include managing the city’s growth, putting more money into street projects and possibly seeking a liquor license to pay for those projects if necessary to avoid a property tax rate increase.
Hoffman has said several developments about to break ground in south Mansfield will spark more growth between U.S. 287 and Texas 360, and that managing it would be a formidable task for the council.
Bounds, leader of a local group advocating for tighter controls on gas well drilling, wants a broader push for measures to better protect homes and schools that are near other industrial operations as well.
Menendez, who also coaches youth sports and helps raise money for charitable causes, has said he believes the city is headed in the right direction and wants to be a part of the city’s leadership.
In the school board Place 1 race, two candidates are vying to replace incumbent Terry Moore, who is not running again.
Michelle Newsom, 40, a nurse and a consultant for a health-care software firm, serves on the Texas Nurses Association’s government affairs committee -- experience she believes has helped prepare her to serve on the school board. She praises the school district and its direction.
Nicole Wooldridge, who turned 43 on Sunday, says she gave up her business to commit more time to volunteering. President of the PTA at Worley Middle School, she wants to get more parents interested in school business and has concerns about the current schedule of eight classes a day for fifth through 12th grades.
Place 4 Councilman Darryl Haynes, 62, and Place 2 school trustee Beth Light, 58, are unopposed.
This story contains information from the Star-Telegram archives.
Early voting runs through May 5. Election Day is 7 a.m.-7 p.m. May 9. Go tohttps://gisit.tarrantcounty.com/VoterLookup to find your polling place.