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Posted: Friday, May 6, 2011 12:00 pm

By Sonya Campbell and Rebecca Rose

Harker Heights Herald

Early voting in municipal and school elections is under way through May 10, with the general election following May 14. Below is a breakdown of the races on the eastern end of Bell County.

Harker Heights

Early voting continues through Tuesday, with the general election set for May 14.

In Harker Heights, Sherri Glover and incumbent Rob Robinson are vying for a seat on the City Council.

Glover, 47, is a correctional officer at state prison in Gatesville and the mother of three children.

Robinson has been on the city council for four years, and previously served on the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Glover and Robinson participated in a video forum, which can be viewed online at www.kdhnews.com/elections.

Mike Aycock was unopposed in the mayor's race.

Assistant city manager Patty Brunson said the city conducts a joint election with KISD.

"That makes it more convenient for voters to have one location to cast their ballot at," she said.

Early voting continues on Monday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voting takes place at City Hall, 305 Miller's Crossing.

For more information, go to www.ci.harker-heights.tx.us.

Nolanville

In Nolanville, seven candidates are in the running for seats on the City Council.

For Seat 2, Sherri Morales, Albert Simmons and Glenn McMann are on the ballot.

Simmons has served on the council for four years and as mayor pro tem for 1½ years.

Morales, 43, is a stay-at-home mother who is seeking elected office for the first time.

McMann, 79, is a store clerk and a newcomer to the political arena.

Quinton Mathiews, Denise Hungerford and Lacie Hicks are running for Seat 5. Mathiews is a partner of Two-Step Real Estate Investment and was a council member from 1996- 2002, on and off.

Hungerford, 56, is homemaker who previously served two elected terms and one appointed term on Nolanville's council.

Hicks, 31, is a real estate broker in Killeen, running for office for the first time. Incumbent Christina Rosenthal said she had "withdrawn due to personal reasons." Her name will still appear on the ballot.

Miguel Aviles, who currently holds Seat 4, is running unopposed.

The city also offers joint KISD voting as well.

Voters can cast their ballots at City Hall, at 100 N. Main St.

Village of Salado

The Village of Salado has three alderman positions up for election.

Four people, including three incumbents, are vying for the positions.

Aldermen with terms expiring and who are seeking re-election are Danney McCort, Susan Terry and Bryan Fritch. Each has served one term. Each term is two years.

The fourth candidate is Hans Fields, who retired from his position with Chevron as a senior safety engineer. He previously was employed as an educator for 18 years.

The village is conducting a joint election with the Salado Independent School District and the Library District.

Early voting will take place at the Salado Civic Center, 601 N. Main St, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and Monday and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Voting on Election Day is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 14 at the civic center.

The registered voter list shows 1,741 eligible voters.

Salado ISD

The Salado ISD has three at-large seats on the school board up for election, with five candidates vying for the positions.

Two of the candidates are incumbents seeking re-election - Rodney Bell and Kim Bird.

Bell, 49, has served on the school board since 2008. He is employed as a research project manager for Scott & White Healthcare.

Bird, 44, also has served as a school trustee since 2008 and is currently the board's vice president. She is a full-time mother and community volunteer.

The remaining three candidates are Brian Sunshine, Trey Little and Donny Sequin.

Sunshine, 46, is a national manager with Industry Relations, Nelnet Inc. He is a political newcomer.

Little, 46 is a former Salado school board member and works in sales.

Sequin, 58, is a political newcomer. He is employed as a health care administrator.

Terms on the school board are three years.

Salado ISD is proposing a school bond issue for $11.5 million on May 14.

The bond addresses the needs for multi-purpose athletic facilities and agriculture facilities to accommodate growth and quality to replace inadequate existing facilities.

The total tax increase is 12 cents, which equates to about $102 annually for a home in SISD valued at $100,000 with a $15,000 homestead exemption, and $222 annually for a home valued at $200,000. These figures represent the maximum tax increase the district proposes to complete all projects included in this bond. Depending on continued growth in the tax roll, construction costs, interest rates, and other factors, the tax increase could be less.

Early voting will take place at the Salado Civic Center, 601 N. Main St, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and Monday and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday; and at Salado High School, 1880 Williams Road, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday.

Voting on Election Day is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 14 at the civic center.

The registered voter list for Salado ISD is 4,960.

Belton ISD

Two at-large trustee areas and one unexpired one-year term for Area 2 are up for election for the Belton ISD Board of Trustees.

Dr. Rosie Montgomery filed for re-election to represent Area 2 and is unopposed.

Incumbents Jeannette Kelley and Tim Stephens, who serve in the two at-large positions, chose not to seek re-election.

Candidates vying for those two at-large seats on the board of trustees include Manual Alcozer, Jason Carothers, Wendy J. Flint, Casey Staudt, Amanda Simmons Winkler and Fred Ybañez.

Terms on the school board are three years.

Early voting is from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, through Tuesday at the Belton ISD Administration Building, 400 N. Wall St.

Election Day voting is set for 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 14 at the Harris Community Center, 401 N. Alexander.

According to the Voter Registration office, there are 23,702 registered voters in Belton ISD. The district's last school trustee election in May 2009 drew a total of 349 early votes.

City of Belton

Belton City Council on March 22 voted to cancel the May 14 General Election since the four candidates - incumbents Wayne Carpenter, David K. Leigh, Craig Pearson and Clifton Peters - were unopposed.

Carpenter, 62, is a retired BISD deputy superintendent. He has served eight non-consecutive terms on the city council.

Pearson, 60, is executive pastor for administration with First Baptist Church - Belton, has served two full terms and, filling a vacancy, one partial term.

Peters, 58, is a quality assurance technician with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He has served five terms on the city council.

Leigh, 43, is employed as an engineer with Harvest Technologies and has served four non-consecutive terms on the city council.

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