Early voting for the May 4th city and school election begins Monday.
All early votes will be cast at the Jim Wells County Courthouse's Election Administration office.
Alice voters will have a full ballot to decide. On the City of Alice side, mayoral incumbent Jolene Vanover faces city council member Cynthia Ann Carrasco in the race for mayor. In Pace 2 of the city council, incumbent Ron Burke is facing Mauricio Garza II. Political newcomers Sandra Maldonado Bowen and Tony Sexton are vying for Place 3 on the city council. Councilmembers Pete Crisp and Robert Molina are unopposed in their re-election bids.
The Alice ISD board of trustees have two contested races. In Place 1, political newcomers Robert “Bobby” Pena and Jennifer Barrera Solis are running for the spot which is being left by longtime school board member Mike Cochran. Bambi Lopez, Miguel Casarez and Cirilio “Ciro” C. Zamora and running for Pace 4, which was held by Anjanette Benavides. Neither Cochran not Benavides are seeking re-election. Incumbent Lee S. Ramon will run for place 5 with no opposition.
On the ballot is also the Alice school district’s proposed a $20,790,000 bond. Voters will decide Proposition A, which on the ballot reads, "The issuance of $20,790,000 of bonds to finance the construction of improvements and renovations to, and equipping of, existing school buildings in Alice Independent School District..."
If the bond is passed by voters, the proposal means that Schallert, Saenz, Noonan and Dubose campuses would be expanded to hold students from pre-k through fifth grade. William Adams Middle School will house students from sixth through eighth grade, and Alice High School will continue to have students in grades ninth through 12th. Passing the bond would also mean the closure of Memorial Intermediate, Salazar Elementary and Hillcrest Elementary. Dubose Intermediate will be repurposed into an elementary campus.