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May 2019 Election: What you need to know

Panhandle PBS provides a one-stop information center for the May election: candidates, early voting polling dates, hours and polling locations, and Election Day hours and polling locations.

Early voting will run April 22 to 30.

Election day is May 4.

In Amarillo, the May election will include votes for representatives running for Amarillo City Council, Amarillo Independent School District and the Amarillo Junior College District Board of Regents.

Some ballots in Amarillo also will include contests for trustees for the Bushland, Canyon and River Road independent school districts.

Additionally, the Amarillo College Board of Regents will ask for an $89.2 million bond (click for more details) for construction, acquisition, renovation and equipment of school buildings.

Candidates running for Canyon City Council did not draw any opponents, so that election was canceled.

One note about the Amarillo City Council and mayor interviews: Council interviews took place March 11-13. Since then, the city has updated information about the budget for the improvement plans for the North Heights, Barrio, San Jacinto and Eastridge neighborhoods. Here is the news release:  Icon City of Amarillo Neighborhood Plans (450.2 KB)

The Handle: 2019 Election Special
The Handle

The Handle: 2019 Election Special

Karen Welch interviews candidates for Amarillo mayor and city council.

City of Amarillo

Mayor

Three candidates are vying for Amarillo mayor. Candidate Kip Billups declined to be interviewed. 

These interviews are presented unedited.

Claudette Smith
City of Amarillo — Mayor

Claudette Smith

New candidate

Ginger Nelson
City of Amarillo — Mayor

Ginger Nelson

Incumbent

City Council Place 1

Three candidates are vying for this seat. Candidate Richard Herman has announced online that he will not actively campaign, but his name will still appear on the ballot, and we will still include his interview on this page. Candidate Jay U. Kirkman III declined to be interviewed.

These interviews are presented unedited with one exception: Electrical power in the studio was briefly interrupted during Elaine Hays' interview due to the March 13 windstorm; the interview resumed after power was restored, and the intervening 3 minutes and 4 seconds were cut out of the video below.

Elaine Hays
City Council Place 1

Elaine Hays

Incumbent

Hayden Pedigo
City Council Place 1

Hayden Pedigo

New candidate

Richard Herman
City Council Place 1

Richard Herman

New candidate (since withdrawn)

City Council Place 2

Two candidates are vying for this seat. Candidate Treva Harper declined to be interviewed.

This interview is presented unedited.

Freda Powell
City Council Place 2

Freda Powell

Incumbent

City Council Place 3

Three candidates are vying for this seat. Candidate Tom Warren II declined to be interviewed.

These interviews are presented unedited.

Brad Torch
City Council Place 3

Brad Torch

New candidate

Eddy Sauer
City Council Place 3

Eddy Sauer

Incumbent

City Council Place 4

Two candidates are vying for this seat.

These interviews are presented unedited.

Steven Rosas
City Council Place 4

Steven Rosas

New candidate

Howard Smith
City Council Place 4

Howard Smith

Incumbent

Amarillo ISD

Four-year term

Voters in Amarillo Independent School District will fill three seats on the board of trustees from a field of eight candidates. 

Voting in the Amarillo ISD election is cumulative, meaning each voter will have three votes and can select one, two or three candidates among which to divide those votes. In other words, a voter could cast more than one vote for a single candidate if he wishes, as long as only three votes, in total, are cast.

These interviews, conducted March 19, 20 and 26, are presented unedited. Each candidate was asked the same three questions, in the same order; the only difference is in the phrasing of the first question based on whether the candidate is an incumbent or running for the first time.

Kimberly Anderson
AISD Board of Education

Kimberly Anderson

New candidate

Alonzo Everhart
AISD Board of Education

Alonzo Everhart

New candidate

Aaron Ladd
AISD Board of Education

Aaron Ladd

New candidate

Hobert Brown Jr.
AISD Board of Education

Hobert Brown Jr.

New candidate

Jim Austin
AISD Board of Education

Jim Austin

Incumbent

Dick Ford
AISD Board of Education

Dick Ford

New candidate

Rob Parker
AISD Board of Education

Rob Parker

New candidate

John Betancourt
AISD Board of Education

John Betancourt

Incumbent

Unexpired term

Voters in Amarillo Independent School District will fill the remainder of one unexpired term on the board of trustees. 

Robin R. Malone, who is running unopposed, was selected in September 2018 to fill a term left vacant by the resignation of James Allen. Voters have only one vote to cast in this race, as opposed to the three in the four-year term races.

This interview, conducted March 19, is presented unedited. Malone was asked the same three questions, in the same order, as the candidates running for other seats on the board.

Robin R. Malone
AISD Board of Education

Robin R. Malone

Incumbent

Amarillo College Board of Regents

Amarillo Junior College District Board of Regents

Voters who live in the Amarillo Junior College District will be selecting candidates to fill three seats on the AC Board of Regents from among five candidates. Voting in the AC election is cumulative, meaning each voter will have three votes and can select one, two or three candidates among which to divide those votes. In other words, a voter could cast more than one vote for a single candidate if she wishes, as long as only three votes, in total, are cast.

Each candidate was asked the same three questions, in the same order; the only difference is in the phrasing of the first question based on whether the candidate is an incumbent or running for the first time.

These interviews, conducted March 19, 20 and 26, are presented unedited with one exception: Candidate Terry Hawthorne initially wore a campaign button and was asked to remove it after the first question was asked to be fair and avoid electioneering from all candidates. All three questions were then asked to Hawthorne for the video below.

Johnny Mize
AC Board of Regents

Johnny Mize

Incumbent

Terry Hawthorne
AC Board of Regents

Terry Hawthorne

New candidate

Jack B. Westbrook
AC Board of Regents

Jack B. Westbrook

New candidate

Paul Proffer
AC Board of Regents

Paul Proffer

Incumbent

David C. Woodburn
AC Board of Regents

David C. Woodburn

Incumbent

Candidate forums

NAACP candidate forum
Amarillo Elections 2019

NAACP candidate forum

Panhandle PBS's Karen Welch moderated an April 6 forum for candidates for Amarillo Independent School District board of trustees in the downtown Amarillo Public Library.

League of Women Voters candidate forum
Amarillo Elections 2019

League of Women Voters candidate forum

Amarillo League of Women Voters hosted an April 11 forum for candidates for Amarillo mayor and city council, Amarillo ISD board of trustees and Amarillo College board of regents.

Other races for Amarillo voters

Bushland Independent School District

Bushland Independent School District voters will select three at-large board members from a field of six candidates, which includes three incumbents:

  • Carrie Kirton (incumbent)

  • William "Casey" Snyder

  • J. "Shell" Stewart

  • Randy Boone (incumbent)

  • E. "Eddie" Fuentes (incumbent)

  • Steven Hill

 

River Road Independent School District

Four people are running for three at-large seats in the River Road Independent School District:

  • A. "Butch" Dawson (incumbent)

  • Lori Peterson

  • Copen Smith (incumbent)

  • Kurt Ridley

 

Canyon Independent School District

An unexpired term for Place 6 will be on the ballot:

  • Jenni Winegarner

  • B. "David" Velasquez

 

Polling places

Early Voting

Potter County and residents can vote at any Potter County voting center, and Randall County residents can vote at any Randall County voting center. 

But voters must be residents of districts in which they are casting ballots. For example, Potter and Randall residents living outside the Amarillo city limits are not eligible to vote in the city of Amarillo races. Only Amarillo city residents may vote in that election.

Voting centers will be open for early voting from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on from April 22 to 26.

They will be open for early voting from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 29 and 30.

 

Potter County Early Voting Centers

  • Santa Fe Building Ticket Office, 900 S. Polk St.
  • Casey Carpet One, 3500 W. Interstate 40 Frontage Road
  • United Amigos, 3300 E. Interstate 40
  • The Craig, 5500 S.W. Ninth Ave.
  • Cornerstone Outreach, 1111 N. Buchanan St. 

 

Randall County Early Voting Centers

  • Randall County Election Administration Office, 1604 Fifth Ave., Canyon
  • Randall County Annex, 4111 S. Georgia St., Amarillo
  • Randall County Justice Center, 2309 Russell Long Blvd., Canyon
  • Region 16 Education Service Center, 5800 S. Bell St., Amarillo
  • Comanche Trail Church of Christ, 2700 S.E. 34th Ave., Amarillo

 

Election Day

Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Saturday, May 4. 

Potter County and residents can vote at any Potter County voting center, and Randall County residents can vote at any Randall County voting center. 

But voters must be residents of districts in which they are casting ballots. For example, Potter and Randall residents living outside the Amarillo city limits are not eligible to vote in the city of Amarillo races. Only Amarillo city residents may vote in that election.

 

Potter County

(In Amarillo, unless otherwise noted)

  • ​Amarillo Auto Supply & Off Road, 3601 E. Amarillo Blvd.
  • Buzula Furniture Outlet, 716 W. Interstate 40
  • Casey Carpet One, 3500 W. Interstate 40 Frontage Road
  • Chaparral Hills Church, 4000 W. Cherry Ave.
  • The Church at Bushland, 1800 Farm-to-Market Road 2381, Bushland
  • Don Harrington Discovery Center, 1200 Streit Drive
  • Grace Community Church, 4111 Plains Blvd.
  • Highland Park Independent School District Administration Building, 15300 E. Amarillo Blvd.
  • Hillside Christian Church Northwest, 600 Tascosa Road
  • Kids Inc., 2201 S.E. 27th Ave.
  • Lighthouse Baptist Church, 5631 Pavillard
  • Pride Home Center, 3505 N.E. 24th Ave.
  • United Citizens Forum, 901 N. Hayden St.
  • Valle de Oro Fire Station, 23801 Farm-to-Market Road 1061, Valle de Oro
  • Wesley Community Center, 1615 S. Roberts St.

 

Randall County

(In Amarillo, unless otherwise noted)

  • Comanche Trail Church of Christ, 2700 S.E. 34th Ave.
  • Randall County Justice Center, 2309 Russell Long Blvd., Canyon
  • Southwest Church of Christ, 4515 Cornell St.
  • Redeemer Christian Church, 3701 S. Soncy Road
  • Region 16 Education Service Center, 5800 S. Bell St.
  • Arden Road Baptist Church, 6701 Arden Road
  • Central Baptist Church, 1601 S.W. 58th Ave.
  • Oasis Southwest Baptist Church, 8201 Canyon Drive
  • Randall County Annex, 4111 S. Georgia St.
  • Coulter Road Baptist Church, 4108 S. Coulter St.

 

Sources: City of Amarillo, Potter County, Randall County, Amarillo College, Amarillo Independent School District, Canyon ISD, Bushland ISD, River Road ISD