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East Bernard Express of East Bernard, Texas

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With early voting over, voters will have one last chance to go to the polls on Saturday for local city and school elections.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday.

There are plenty of contested races this year for the Wharton and East Bernard city councils, Wharton and Boling school boards and the Wharton County Junior College Board.

The only entity not having an election this year on the east side of Wharton County is the East Bernard School Board with no contested races.

In this election, voting must take place at the specific location. All East Bernard voters must vote in Wharton, and the same is true for Wharton and Boling.

Election day polling locations include:

City of East Bernard, WCJC: Wharton County Library, East Bernard Branch, 746 Clubside Drive, East Bernard.

City of Wharton, Wharton ISD, WCJC: Wharton Civic Center, 1924 N. Fulton St., Wharton.

Boling ISD, WCJC: Boling Fire Station, 6735 FM 442, Boling.

In both East Bernard and Wharton, the big races are for mayor, and both will have contested races.

In East Bernard, all three City Council positions are contested this year, including the mayor's race.

Mayor Marvin Holub is being challenged by John Salcido, who is currently serving as a Place 4 council member. He did not seek re-election since he is running for mayor.

The East Bernard City Council will have at least two new aldermen this year.

Two people are seeking Place 2 — Jonathan Hoegemeyer and Alex Warncke. They will take the place of Rim Tielke, who did not seek re-election.

In Place 4, Wes Murrile and Mark Moreno have filed for that position.

While there is interest on the City Council, the East Bernard School Board election was cancelled since there were no contested races.

East Bernard will have one new school board member in Place 6. Rodney Jedicka filed for that position currently held by Jeffrey Jalowy. JaloWy did not seek re-election.

Returning to the School Board will be Brian Mica in Place 5 and Robert Goudeau in Place 7.

East Bernard city positions are for two years, while school positions are three-year terms.

City of East Bernard voters will also have two propositions on the ballot. Proposition 1, if approved, will renew a. 25 percent street maintenance tax for four years.

Voters approved the rate in 2012, and it expires at the end of this year. Proposition 2, if approved, would set the city's general sales tax to 1.25 percent, making the total sales tax with the street maintenance tax to 1.5 percent for the city's portion.

At Wharton County Junior College, there is interest as all three open positions will be contested this year. All three incumbents are running and will have opposition.

In Position 1, incumbent Lloyd Nelson of Louise is being challenged by Scott Glass.

In Position 2, incumbent Larry Sitka of Wharton is being challenged by Linda Baca.

And in Position 9, Jack Moses of Wharton is being challenged by Leonard Morales.

WCJC elections are held on even-numbered years.

Terms are for six years.

In Wharton, Mayor Domingo Montalvo Jr. is seeking re-election. He is being challenged by Tim Barker, who is currently in the middle of a two-year term as District 3 council member.

There is also a contested race for the District 6 at-large position. Current council member Vincent Huerta is facing a challenge from Steven Roberts.

Two other council members — Steven Schneider in District 2 and Donald Mueller, the current mayor protein, in District 4 — are unopposed.

In the Wharton School Board election, Position 3 board member Christine Stransky, currently the board vice president, is being challengec by Julio Rodriguez Aguilar

Position 4 member Rachel Rust, the current board president, is unopposed.

Those are the only positions up this year on the Wharton School Board, which are three-year terms.

In Boling, the Boling ISD will have a special election to fill Position 3 left open by Leon Sanchez Jr. He resigned because he moved out of the district's boundaries.

Denise Becerra-Flores and David Rolf had filed for the spot.

The Boling ISD normally doesn't have an election until November.

Since BISD isn't located in an incoporated city, its elections are held in conjuntion wih the general election in November.

Elections are held on even-numbered years, and terms are for four years.

For more information about the election, call the Wharton County Elections Administrator's office at 532-0193.

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Original Publication Date: May 5, 2016

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