With 169 votes cast, 94 votes cast Tuesday and 75 votes cast Monday, by city residents registered to vote, the first two days provide a slow start to early voting in the Sulphur Springs City Council election. Places 1, 2, and 3 are on the ballot and each Place has two candidates.
In Place 1, Erica Armstrong is challenging incumbent Craig Johnson. Place 2 incumbent Clay Walker chose not to seek re-election. Vying for Place two are Sara Gibson and Jimmy Lucas. This is Gibson’s first run as a candidate. She has prior experience on a city board and is the daughter of a past councilman and mayor, Bill Watts. Lucas has unsuccessfully sought election to city council before. Place 3 sees incumbent Oscar Aguilar challenged by Norman Sanders.
Early voting continues through May 1st in the second floor Conference Room at City Hall 201 North Davis Street. A handicap ramp and elevator are available to access the voting area. Thursday April 26th the voting place will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. On Wednesday the 25th, Friday the 27, Monday the 30th and Tuesday, May1, early voting times are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Election Day, Saturday May 5th, voting will be between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Although the names of two candidates, who have withdrawn from the race, remain on the ballot, any vote cast for either candidate will not be counted according to a state law passed in the last legislative session.