Variety of Positions, Propositions at Stake Saturday

By: Joe Brown Email
By: Joe Brown Email

From mayors to medical facilities to Miller Lite, Saturday's elections offer something for just about every voter in the Brazos Valley.

In Bryan, voters will choose a new mayor. Both Jason Bienski and Mitch Morehead have prior city council experience, but each has his own ideas on a variety of issues, like the Traditions development.

"West side growth is very important," said Morehead. "I do believe the city could've played a much more responsible role with that project but west side growth is very important."

"If you want to bring Bryan back to what it was before, there's a candidate for that," said Bienski. "If you want to continue to move Bryan forward like you've seen over the past five years, I ask for your vote."

There are three other city council seats in Bryan that will be decided. Single Member Districts 1 and 2 have incumbents running for reelection while Single Member District 3 will have a new representative.

On the Bryan school board, the only position that's contested is for Single Member District 3.

Like Bryan, College Station voters are choosing a mayor. Incumbent Ben White is being challenged by former city council member Nancy Berry.
There are plenty of new issues fueling this race and even some old ones like red light cameras.

"It was the recommendation of the citizens committee that we pursue the possibility of red light cameras and we did," White said. "It was not well received by some segment of the community and you know the rest of that story."

"Citizens voted and there's potential of lawsuit and there wasn't and finally the red light I think the whole process was less than smooth," Berry said.

The only other city council race is for place 2 between Tony Jones and Jess Fields. The school district has no races.

Citizens of Kurten have a critical decision to make. Proposition 1 will determine whether the city of Kurten can assess a one-percent local sales tax to raise money for city operations.

Meanwhile hospitals hang in the balance in Madison County and Rockdale. Madison County voters will determine if they want to establish a hospital district to raise money for their local hospital. The proposal would put an $.08 tax per $100 valuation on property owners.

Rockdale residents will also be voting on a hospital issue. But this ballot measure seeks to expand its current hospital district to include those in the city's ETJ.

Finally, voters in one part of Burleson County could reverse a dry spell. Precinct 3 residents will decide if they want to approve the sale of beer and wine in their area.

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