There will be a joint election in May for the Wharton City Council and the Wharton Independent School District’s Board of Trustees after several incumbents filed to run, and in the process had residents who challenged their seats. 

The Wharton County Elections Department will be coordinating the joint election on Saturday, May 1.

According to the City of Wharton’s Secretary’s Office, incumbent Russell Gene Machann has filed for the Wharton City Council’s At Large 5 seat. His challenger is Jacques Napier Hearse. 

The two other incumbents who have filed were Clifford Wayne Jackson for the District 1 council seat, and Terry W. Freese for the District 3 council seat. As of deadline, no one had filed to challenge Jackson and Freese.

The Wharton ISD’s Board of Trustees Positions 1 and 2 seats are up for election.

Linda Lins, who is administrative assistant to Superintendent Dr. Michael O’Guin, said two incumbents have filed. They are Steven Roberts (Position 1) and Chris Sparks (Position 2).

Roberts will be challenged by Miguel Santes. Sparks is being challenged by Philip Henderson.

East Bernard/EBISD

City Secretary Audrey L. Scearce said positions 1, 3, and 5 are up for election for the Board of Aldermen. The seats are currently filled by David Tomchesson (Position 1), Andrew Webster (Position 3), and John Kopycinski (Position 5). East Bernard ISD Superintendent Courtney Hudgins said Kyle Marik (Position 3) and Richard Garza (Position 4) are candidates up for re-election for the East Bernard Board of Trustees.

Voting process

Early voting will begin Monday, April 19 and continue through Friday, April 23. Between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday, April 26 through Tuesday, April 27 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Early voting will be conducted at the Wharton County Annex D, 315 East Milam Street, in Wharton, and the East Bernard Library, 746 Clubside Drive, in East Bernard.

On Election Day, voting will be at the Wharton Civic Center’s Duncan Auditorium, 1924 North Fulton, in Wharton, and East Bernard Library.

Runoff election is Saturday, June 5.

Others who will be having elections are City of El Campo, El Campo ISD, and West Wharton County Hospital District.

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