Election time is coming

By Roger Cowan

Yorktown News-View

With the start of the new year comes the election of at least one new Yorktown City Council member. 

In May, Yorktown community members will go to the polls to fill the empty seat left by the resignation of Blaine Denbo. Denbo resigned after moving out of state early in 2017. Also up for re-election this year will be Council members B.B. Garcia and Travis Peyton.

In 2017, the seats held by Councilmen Bill Baker and Manuel Serrano, as well as that of Mayor Rene Hernandez, were up for election. In a surprising turn of events, the election was cancelled as there were no challengers for any of the positions. 

In 2016, the last municipal election held for Yorktown Council positions, voter turnout was 21 percent of registered voters. This is down from the previous election in 2015, when voter turnout was just 29 percent. With 1360 eligible voters in the city limits, 2016’s turnout equates to just 285 voters turning in a ballot.

The City Council elections will take place on May 5th, 2018. The first day to apply for a place on the ballot will be January  17, 2018, with the last day to file being February 16, 2018. Write-in candidates have until February 20th to file their declaration. The last day to register to vote will be April 5th, 2018, with early voting beginning on April 23rd. The last day of early voting will be May 1st.

For those who have not previously voted on the new machines obtained by DeWitt County, Elections Administrator Blanca McBride can be contacted about the conducting of a training class for those interested parties. The Elections Office can be reached during normal business hours at 361-275-0859.

Another election of local interest is the race for County Judge. Incumbent Daryl Fowler will face Republican challengers in the March 6th Primary in the form of Gail Koenig Morton and Brandon Mays, both of Cuero. 

Of note is the lack of Democratic Candidates for any county level office in DeWitt county. The last time a Democratic candidate won DeWitt county in a presidential election was Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 as he faced off against Barry Goldwater. That year, Johnson took 59 percent of the vote to Goldwater’s 41 percent. In the 2016 election Republican candidate and now President Donald Trump took a decisive 80.6 percent of the vote.

Interested cadidates for local office will need to contact Yorktown City Hall for the proper paperwork and filing dates information. To be eligible for a seat on the city council, a person must be at least 18 years of age or older, a Texas resident for at least 12 months, and a resident within the city limits of Yorktown for at least six months.

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