The May Election: What you need to know

Panhandle PBS provides a one-stop information center for the May election. On this page, you’ll find resources you need to know who is voting, early voting polling dates, hours and polling locations, and Election Day hours and polling locations.

Early voting for the May election will run from April 24 to 28, plus May 1 and 2.

Election day will be May 6.

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

It also will include local elections for trustees for the Amarillo, Bushland, River Road and Highland Park independent school districts. Candidates running for re-election for the Canyon ISD Board of Trustees did not draw any opponents, so that election will be canceled.

Candidates

Amarillo City Council

In Amarillo, voters will be selecting the Amarillo City Council, including the mayor’s post and all four council seats.

Candidates in the council races are:

  • Mayor: Amanda Renea Dauntes, James Lowder II, Ginger Nelson

  • City Council Place 1: Elisha L. Demerson, incumbent; Elaine Hays

  • City Council Place 2: Freda Powell, James J. Schenck

  • City Council Place 3: Charles “Eddy” Sauer, Thomas Warren II

  • City Council Place 4: Mark Nair, incumbent; Howard Smith

 

Canyon City Commission

In Canyon, voters will select the Canyon City Commission.

Candidates in the Canyon Council races are:

  • Mayor, which is referred to as Place 1: Gary Hinders, who currently holds the Commissioner Place 4 seat and is running unopposed for mayor

  • Commissioner Place 2: Cordell “Cody” Rook Jones and Joseph Shehan, incumbent

  • Commissioner Place 3: David M. Logan, incumbent, and Paul R. Lyons

  • Commissioner Place 4: Roger Stephen Remlinger (unopposed)

  • Commissioner Place 5: Justin Richardson, incumbent (unopposed)

 

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 nine 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 he wishes, as long as only three votes, in total, are cast.

Candidates are:

  • Jay Barrett, incumbent

  • Sandra Dunn

  • Michele Fortunato, incumbent

  • Sally Jennings

  • Daniel Martinez

  • Donald Nicholson*

  • Danny South

  • Thomas Warren III

  • Alfonso Zambrano

*Nicholson served on the board from 2008 to 2015. 

 

Amarillo Independent School District

Voters in Amarillo Independent School District will fill four seats on the board of trustees from a field of five candidates:

  • James Allen, incumbent

  • John Ben Blanchard, incumbent

  • Eric Darnell, incumbent

  • Renee McCown, incumbent

  • Cristy Cooper Wilkinson

Voting in the Amarillo ISD election is cumulative, meaning each voter will have four votes and can select one, two, three or four 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 four votes, in total, are cast.

 

Bushland Independent School District

Bushland Independent School District voters will select four winners from a field of eight candidates, which includes two incumbents. Bushland ISD’s board consists of at-large positions:

  • Tracy D. Jennings

  • Holly Jeffreys, incumbent

  • Colby Butcher

  • James Gillenwaters

  • Justin Adams, incumbent

  • Bradd Morgan

  • Trenton D. Garza

  • Shell Stewart

 

Highland Park Independent School District

Highland Park Independent School District’s board seats all are at-large, and voters will seat four winners out of a field of eight candidates:

  • Jose “Joe” Garcia, incumbent

  • Brad Lee

  • Kim Matheson, incumbent

  • Becky Morris

  • Shawn Read

  • Cheri Mann

  • Amy K. Walton

  • Tonya Detten, incumbent

 

River Road Independent School District

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

  • Amanda Brown, incumbent

  • Brian Shannon, incumbent

  • Bobby Clark

  • Dana Finley

  • Jimmy Carrillo

 

Canyon Independent School District

In the Canyon Independent School District, the four incumbents up for re-election did not draw opponents. For that reason, the district’s board will vote in March to certify the incumbents as winners and cancel the election. Those incumbents are:

  • Randy Darnell, Place 3

  • Bill Jenkins, Place 4

  • Jim Murphy, Place 5

  • Sam Spradlin, Place 6

Early Voting Polling Places

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 24-28.

They will be open for early voting from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 1 and 2.

 

Potter County Early Voting Centers

·       Santa Fe Building, 900 S. Polk St., Ticket Office

·       Casey Carpet One, 3500 W. Interstate 40 Frontage Road

·       United Amigos, 3300 E. Interstate 40

·       Coffee Memorial Blood Center, 7500 Wallace Blvd.

·       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.

·       Randall County Justice Center, 2309 Russell Long Blvd., Canyon

Source: City of Amarillo, Potter County, Randall County, city of Canyon, Amarillo College, Amarillo Independent School District, Canyon Independent School District

 

 

Election Day Polling Places

Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Saturday, May 6. 

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

·       Amarillo Auto Supply & Off Road, 3601 E. Amarillo Blvd.

·       Bell Ave. Church of Christ, 1600 S. Bell St.

·       Buzula Furniture Outlet, 716 W. Interstate 40

·       Chaparral Hills Church, 4000 W. Cherry Ave.

·       Coffee Memorial Blood Center, 7500 Wallace Blvd.

·       First Baptist Church of Bushland, 1800 Farm-to-Market Road 2381, Bushland

·       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.

·       Amarillo 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

·       The Cowboy Church, 8827 S. Washington St.

·       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.

·       Randall County Fire Department No. 2, 9451 Farm-to-Market Road 2186

·       Randall Elections Administration Office, 1604 Fifth Avenue, Canyon

·       Arden Road Baptist Church, 6701 Arden Road

·       Central Baptist Church, 1601 S.W. 58th Ave.

·       Paramount Baptist Church, 4100 Kristee St.

·       Oasis Southwest Baptist Church, 8201 Canyon Drive

·       Randall County Annex, 4111 S. Georgia St.

·       The Summit, 2008 12th Ave., Canyon

·       Coulter Road Baptist Church, 4108 S. Coulter St.

Sources: City of Amarillo, Potter County, Randall County, Amarillo College, Amarillo Independent School District, Canyon Independent School District 

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