Saturday, May 13, 2006

municipal elections: vote today!

It's election day again across North Texas. Many registered voters will have the opportunity to choose new or retain sitting city council and school board members. In North Richland Hills, Flower Mound, Richland Hills, and Bedford, voters will decide the winner of mayoral races.

The Fort-Worth Star-Telegram reports on some of the important races being decided today in North Texas:

The hottest council races include Trophy Club’s, where nine candidates are competing for four Town Council slots just after a controversial D.R. Horton housing development was approved this week.

In Keller, three contested seats are up for a vote, as is a controversial proposition to fund a new $7.6 million library in Keller Town Center.

Voters will also decide on five Tarrant County bond proposals, which would pay for road improvements, jail facilities, county and district court buildings, a juvenile court complex, as well as medical examiner’s and crime lab facilities.

The bond proposals will be the only item on the ballot for residents in Hurst, Euless, Southlake, Watauga and the Grapevine-Colleyville school district. Their council and school board elections were canceled because of the lack of contested races.

Another controversial race that the article neglects to mention is taking place in Highland Village, as NTL previously reported. Voters will decide whether to retain or oust the rest of the bloc on the council that notoriously approved a Wal-Mart development in what is planned to become an upscale retail district in the small town.

Make your voice heard and vote in your city elections. It's more important than you might think! Getting involved in local politics is the best way to promote progressive values in North Texas. Research the candidates and proposals, find what or who best represents you and your ideals, and cast your ballot by seven o'clock tonight at city hall.

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