Early voting begins for Thorndale city, school elections

Early voting in the May 5 city and school board elections began on April 23.

Early voting began this week at the Thorndale ISD administration building and will continue today and tomorrow between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. It will continue on Monday, April 30, through Tuesday, May 1, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day May 5. The polling location for the May 5 election is at the Thorndale Senior Citizens Center.

There will be several contested races in the election as well as a bond election for Thorndale ISD.

Incumbent Mayor Mara McDowell will face George Galbreath Jr. for Mayor.

Five people will be vying for three spots on the City Council. Incumbent Sam Pickett will face Allen Hejl, Steven Zuehkle, Ashleigh (Towery) Moehling and Wayne Green.

Thorndale ISD had three people file for two seats that are expiring – Ann Glenn, Adam Fisher and Trey Gilchrist. One person filed for the unexpired term – Chad Martinka.

TISD school trustees are proposing a mix-and-match style ballot in which voters can choose some, all or none of the three options which total $12,940,000.

The bonds, if passed, would mean a new high school, band hall and resurfaced track and more parking. There will also be changes to other buildings including the conversion of the high school to a middle school and the middle school for a fourth- and fifth-grade campus.

The bond will be presented to the public in three different options. 

Proposition A, a $9.8 million package, will include a new two-story high school building, the conversion of the high school into a middle school library and administration building, the conversion of the middle school into a new fourth- and fifth-grade campus, cafeteria renovations and more. 

Proposition B, a $2.4 million package, will include a new band hall addition, enclosure of the existing elementary pavilion, installation of an HVAC system in the middle school gym and renovations to the ag building. 

Proposition C, a $680,000 proposal, will resurface the existing track, construct 50 new parking spaces and purchase land for future construction.