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Early voting opens in city, school races

LIVINGSTON - Early voting for the May 7 elections gets underway Monday, with several school board and city council positions on the ballots.

In Livingston, current alderman Bill Wiggins will vie for one of two spots along with Alan Cook and James “Jim” Walker. Mayor Clarke Evans will return, as he runs uncontested.

In Goodrich, the school district’s election will center on a $3 million bond election. Voters are being asked to approve the money to allow the school district to attack their biggest areas of need, which include roofs, buses, science labs, windows and doors.

The election of Goodrich school board members is unnecessary because none of the candidates who filed are opposed. Incumbent Brenda Bennett will return to Position 7 while John Whitehouse will move into Position 6 and Tersia Brown will take over Position 5.

A city council seat in Goodrich, however, will be determined in May’s election. Mary Orozco is opposing Robert Earl Williamson for Position 5. Incumbents Kelly Nelson and Bobby Wright, as well as newcomer Louie Hill, will run unchallenged.

Corrigan’s elections also were cancelled after none of the candidates drew challengers. Johnna Lowe Gibson will become the city’s new mayor, running unchallenged for current mayor Jonathan Clark’s position. Bill Safford and Earlie C. Baldwin will run unopposed for city council Positions 2 and 4. Corrigan-Camden School Board incumbents Joel Scott and Ryan Burris will return to Positions 6 and 7 on the Corrigan-Camden school board.

The Onalaska City Council also will remain intact with no election, as Chip Choate, James Arnett and Mayor Roy Newport drew no opposition for their re-election bids. The same is true for the school board, where Brandon Smith, Dennis Hodge and Ted Wiggins will return. Tom Curran and John Haynes filled unexpired school board terms last year and will be up for election in 2018.

School boards in Livingston, Leggett, Big Sandy and Chester will all hold their elections on Nov. 8 of this year.

The first day of early voting will be April 25, which will run through Tuesday, May 3. Ballots by mail may be received until 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 7.