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City of Longview November 3, 2015 Proposition Election

November 3 election to consider Hinsley Park

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City of Longview voters will consider the following proposition on November 3, 2015:

“For or Against removing the “park” designation from Hinsley Park, thus authorizing the sale of said land or its use for other purposes.”

About the park:Hinsley Park, located in northeast Longview at the intersection of Hawkins Parkway and U.S. 259, is an approximately 38-acre park with four adult softball fields, an 18-hole disc golf course, playground, and basketball court. Hinsley Park was originally deeded to the City of Longview in 1973. The deed states that if the City were to cease to use the property as a park, the previous owner would have the right to repurchase the property for $49,450.

Proposition Timeline:August 13: City Council called special election for November 3 to allow voters to decide whether to remove the park designation, thus authorizing the sale of said land or its use for other purposes.

September 29: Special Called City Council meeting including Public Hearing and discussion of redevelopment proposal. Meeting will take place at City Hall, 300 W. Cotton St.

November 3: Election

If voters approve: Council would be authorized to consider moving forward with sale of property. If voters reject: Property would maintain park designation and remain city property.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why was an election called to consider the removal of Hinsley’s “park” designation?Developers approached the City of Longview interested in developing the Hinsley Park property. Any action to remove a “park” designation from a property requires approval by voters, so Longview City Council placed a proposition on the ballot for November 3, 2015.

What happens if the park designation is removed?An affirmative vote would not transfer the property immediately. If the park designation is removed, City Council would be given the authority to negotiate terms with developers and to sell the property. City Council could still choose not to sell the property if they were not satisfied with the terms of the agreement.

If approved, would a replacement park be constructed?In the proposal being discussed, the City of Longview would require the developers to fund and construct a replacement park with new amenities including replacement fields and disc-golf course.

If approved, would Hinsley Park close right away? Would league play be interrupted?If voters approve removal of park designation, Hinsley Park would not close immediately and there would not be an interruption to park services. Hinsley Park would continue to be used until a new replacement park was completed. League and tournament play would not be interrupted.

How can we learn more about the proposal?A public hearing is scheduled during a Special Called City Council meeting on Tuesday, September 29 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 300 W. Cotton St. The developers plan to provide additional information about the proposed redevelopment project at that time. Feel free to contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 903-237-1270 or visit LongviewTexas.gov/Hinsley to learn more about the proposal.

Longview City Elections May 9, 2015

City of Longview Elections for Mayor, City Councils District 1 & 2
Election Day May 9, 2015
Early Voting:  April 27 through May 5
More Details HERE…

Mayor Candidates to date:

Mr. Richard Manley, City Councilman District 5
Richard Manley
“I WOULD LIKE TO SEE LONGVIEW TAKE THE LEADERSHIP ROLE IN OUR COUNTY, OUR REGION, EVEN AT THE STATE LEVEL SO THAT THE DREAMS WE HAVE FOR OUR FAMILIES, OUR BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS AND OURSELVES CAN BE REALIZED. THAT TAKES BOLD AND VISIONARY LEADERSHIP AND I AM EAGER TO TAKE THAT ROLE AND LEAD OUR CITY.”
www.RichardManley.net
Read more on Richard Manley’s Announcement on Candidacy for Mayor & watch Press Release

Dr. Andy Mack
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“This is the time for Longview to close the gap, reunite our city, create new opportunities for business, look at new efficiencies, and create a new legacy to leave for future generations.”
www.MackforLongview.com
Read more on Andy Mack’s Announcement on Candidacy for Mayor & watch Presss Release

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1
Candidates to date:
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Jearl P. Morris
Edward “Ed” C. Moore, IV
Read more HERE on candidates for District 1.

Current City Councilman for District 1, John Sims, will not run again due to term limits.

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 2

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Current City Councilman for District 2, Gary Smith was first elected in 2012 and will be eligible for re-election in May should he choose. Read more HERE on Councilman Smith.

 


Candidate Filing Information:
First day for filing application for a place on the City of Longview City Mayor and Council Districts 1 and 2 General Election will be Wednesday, January 28, 2015 ending February 27, 2015. The last day for a regular write-in candidate to declare candidacy for the General Election is February 27, 2015.


 

GREGG COUNTY EARLY VOTING INFORMATION

early voting
GREGG COUNTY EARLY VOTING
NOVEMBER 4, 2014
GENERAL ELECTION

REVIEW SAMPLE BALLOT HERE

Early Voting for the November 4, 2014 General Election will begin on
Monday, October 20 and continue through Friday, October 31
at the following locations and times:

GREGG COUNTY COURTHOUSE
Monday, October 20 thru Friday, October 24 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, October 25 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday, October 26 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monday, October 27 thru Friday, October 31 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

GREGGTON COMMUNITY CENTER
Monday, October 20 thru Friday, October 24 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, October 25 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday, October 26 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monday, October 27 thru Friday, October 31 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

KILGORE COMMUNITY CENTER
Monday, October 20 thru Friday, October 24 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, October 25 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday, October 26 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monday, October 27 thru Friday, October 31 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

BROUGHTON RECREATION CENTER
Monday, October 20 thru Friday, October 24 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, October 25 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday, October 26 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monday, October 27 thru Friday, October 31 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

LIBERTY CITY COMMUNITY CENTER
Monday, October 20 thru Friday, October 24 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, October 25 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday, October 26 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monday, October 27 thru Friday, October 31 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

 

GREGG COUNTY ELECTION DAY INFORMATION

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GREGG COUNTY ELECTION DAY POLLING LOCATIONS
POLLING LOCATIONS OPEN 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

REVIEW SAMPLE BALLOT HERE

VOTING PRECINCT       LOCATION

                                            COMMISSIONER PRECINCT 1

1                                Longview Community Center, 500 E. Whaley St., Longview 75601
2                                St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 2500 McCann Rd., Longview 75605
3                                New Forest Park Middle School, 1644 N. Eastman Rd., Longview 75601
4                                Alpine Presbyterian Church, 4104 Tryon Rd., Longview 75605
5                                Judson Community Center, 1129 FM 1844, Longview 75605
6                                Spring Hill Primary, 2700 Spring Hill Rd., Longview 75605 (change)
7                                Spring Hill Middle School, 3101 Spring Hill Rd., Longview 75605 (change)

                                             COMMISSIONER PRECINCT 2

8                               Pine Tree Community Center, 1701 Pine Tree Rd., Longview 75604
9                               Pine Tree High School, 1005 W. Marshall, Longview 75604 (change)
10                             Greggton Community Center, 3211 W. Marshall, Longview 75604
11                              Pine Tree Elementary, 815 Birch Drive, Longview 75604 (change)

                                        COMMISSIONER PRECINCT 3

12                             Citizens National Bk Civic Ctr., 1101 W. White Oak Road, White Oak 75693
13                             Gladewater City Hall, 519 E. Broadway, Gladewater 75647
14                             Liberty City Community Center, 5333 Old Hwy 135 N, Liberty City
15                             Kilgore Community Center, 622 Kay Street, Kilgore 75662
16                             Kilgore High School, 711 N. Longview St., Kilgore 75662 (change)

                                      COMMISSIONER PRECINCT 4

17                           Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Ctr., 1003 M L King Blvd. Kilgore
18                           Elderville Community Center, 10450 Hwy 349, Longview 75603
19                           Saint Mark CME Church, 1100 Sapphire, Longview, TX 75602
20                          Stamper Park Resource Center, 502 W. Center, Longview 75601
21                           Broughton Recreation Center, 801 S. MLK Blvd., Longview 75602

 

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The following Immigration Resolution has not yet been submitted to the Gregg County Commissioners’ Court. To get this on their agenda for a vote, YOU must take action and contact your Commissioner.  Contact information and talking points listed below Resolution…

RESOLUTION NO. 2014-_______
A RESOLUTION OF THE COUNTY OF GREGG, TEXAS
TO PROTECT THE HEALTH, SAFETY, AND SECURITY OF OUR CITIZENS AND
COMMUNITY; AND PROVIDING FOR OTHER MATTERS RELATED TO THE SUBJECT

On this the _____ day of ________, 2014, the Commissioners’ Court of the County of Gregg, Texas convened in a regularly scheduled meeting with the following members thereof present:

Bill Stoudt, County Judge;
Ronnie L. McKinney, Commissioner, Precinct 1;
Darryl Primo, Commissioner, Precinct 2;
Gary Boyd, Commissioner, Precinct 3;
John Mathis, Commissioner, Precinct 4; and
Connie Wade, County Clerk

When the following proceedings, among others, were had, to-wit:

WHEREAS the citizens of Gregg County, Texas recognize their duty as law-abiding citizens to act in accordance with the U.S. Constitution and the Texas Constitution, and are endowed with rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, which our government has been instituted to secure; and

WHEREAS the federal government is failing to protect the borders of our country in accordance with Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution; and

WHEREAS it is estimated that more than 90,000 illegal alien minors will arrive in the United States during 2014 and an additional 145,000 illegal alien minors during 2015, with most expected to remain in Texas cities and communities; and

WHEREAS Texas Governor Rick Perry has concluded, based on his oversight of executive functions in the State of Texas and his communications with federal agencies in that capacity that the federal government is operating with “ulterior motives” in a manner that is “not in the best interest of American citizens” by permitting and encouraging the entry of large numbers of illegal immigrants into the State of Texas; and

WHEREAS Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole has accurately concluded that the federal government is “essentially incentivizing the flow of this population by not returning the unaccompanied juveniles to their countries of origins quickly”; and

WHEREAS incentivizing minors to enter the United States illegally puts those minors at risk of physical danger, including violence and sexual abuse, which has resulted in injury and death to multiple unaccompanied minors; and

WHEREAS the federal government is transporting and placing illegal alien minors into Texas towns and counties, including Gregg County, to accommodate the unprecedented overflow of illegal aliens and unaccompanied minors; and

WHEREAS the influx of school-age illegal minors will have an adverse effect on local school district educational funding, resources, campus security, public health, and safety; and

WHEREAS in recent years, persons brought into Gregg County as alien minors as part of the federal government’s unaccompanied minor program have remained in Gregg County illegally after reaching adulthood, and some such persons have been involved in alleged criminal activity; and

WHEREAS the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention require legal immigrants to receive a comprehensive medical exam and vaccination for a wide range of diseases, but these requirements are not being equally applied to illegal alien minors being admitted to the country; and

WHEREAS the Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons recently warned that by admitting large numbers of minors who come from countries where medical screenings are minimal and hygiene is poor, the United States is at risk for epidemics of serious diseases and viruses that the nation has not seen in years; and

WHEREAS the increasing volume of illegal aliens is financially crippling some cities and counties in the State of Texas by overwhelming the local medical, educational, law enforcement, and judicial systems; and WHEREAS Governor Rick Perry warns that members of dangerous transnational criminal organizations and terror groups continue to exploit the situation to infiltrate the State of Texas for the purpose of establishing criminal and terrorist activities; and

WHEREAS without a secure border, Texas cities and communities cannot protect the health and safety of their citizens; and

WHEREAS the citizens of Gregg County, Texas are rightly concerned about the impact of the ongoing, massive influx of illegal aliens on our community; and

WHEREAS the State of Texas has the right and obligation to protect its citizens in accordance with Article 1, Section 1 of the Texas Constitution:

Freedom and Sovereignty of State. Texas is a free and independent State, subject only to the Constitution of the United States, and the maintenance of our free institutions and the perpetuity of the Union depend upon the preservation of the right of local self-government, unimpaired to all the States.

Now, Therefore, Be it Resolved that the Commissioners’ Court of Gregg County, Texas hereby finds that the housing of illegal alien minors in Gregg County, Texas is not in the best interest of the public.

Be it Further Resolved that the Commissioners’ Court of Gregg County, Texas hereby urges our state and federal legislators and elected officials to take prompt action to end the influx of illegal aliens across our national border and cease relocation of illegal aliens into communities across the State of Texas and other states.

Be it Further Resolved that the Commissioners’ Court of Gregg County, Texas hereby encourages the federal government to provide additional resources for new and/or existing Border Patrol checkpoints and employ a contiguous physical barrier where strategically prudent.Be it Further Resolved that the Commissioners’ Court of Gregg County, Texas hereby encourages the Texas State Legislature to enhance state smuggling and human trafficking laws and provide civil and criminal liability protections for Texan land owners against criminal trespassers.

Be it Further Resolved that copies of this Resolution be spread upon the minutes of this Court and provided to Gregg County’s state and federal elected legislative representatives.

Upon motion duly made and seconded, the above Resolution was passed on this ______ day of _______, 2014.
PASSED AND APPROVED on the _______ day of ____________, 2014.

Attest:

County of Gregg, Texas By:

Connie Wade, County Clerk

Ronnie L. McKinney, Comm., Pct. #1

Darryl Primo, Comm. Pct. #2

Bill Stoudt, County Judge

Gary Boyd, Comm., Pct. #3

John Mathis, Comm., Pct. #4

 

 

 

Let the 2015 Longview Mayoral Speculation Begin…

WHO MAY BE RUNNING IN 2015 FOR MAYOR OF LONGVIEW?  FIND OUT BELOW…

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Gary Smith    Gary Smith, Councilman

 

 

 

538aaae98f830.image[1]   John Sims, Councilman

 

 

 

538aaaea24b27.image[1]   Andy Mack, Former councilman

 

 

 

 

 

By Richard Yeakley, Longview News Journal

With Longview elections in the books, potential candidates are looking speculatively toward the 2015 mayoral election — the first in a decade that won’t see Jay Dean’s name on the ballot.

Several sitting City Council members said they are considering a mayoral run — and several outside City Hall may determine next year is the chance to start serving.

“My whole goal is to have the table set for the next mayor. … My whole first year was trying to get the City Council on the same page,” said Dean, who is leaving office because of term limits. “The next mayor shouldn’t have to come into that kind of situation.”

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CITY ELECTIONS & SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS

REMEMBER….
IF YOU DO NOT VOTE – DO NOT COMPLAIN!


CITY ELECTIONS


Longview City Council

Candidates for City Council District 3: Kasha Williams (Incumbent), Donald Webb and G. Floyd.
Candidate for City Council District 4:  Kristen Ishihara
More on candidates HERE.
City of Longview early voting begins Monday, April 28th.
Election Day May 10th
For voting times and locations, CLICK HERE.

White Oak City Council

Candidates for Mayor:  Richard May (Incumbent), Jackie Pittman, and Doug Burks.
Candidates for City Council Place 4:  Greg Hulett and Michael Schroeder.
More info HERE on above candidates.
Early voting begins April 28th
Election Day May 10th
For voting times and locations, CLICK HERE.

City of Hallsville – No elections this year


SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS


Pine Tree ISD

Place 6 School Board
Candidates: Amy Brown and David English
More info HERE on these candidates.
Early voting begins April 28th
Election Day Mary 10th
CLICK HERE for times and locations

White Oak ISD

Candidates:
School Board President: Charles Wilson (Incumbent) and Larry Frazier
Board Member Place 5: Kelly Crane (Incumbent) and Dale Thomas
More info HERE on candidates.
$25.2 Million Bond Package Info
Early voting begins Monday, April 28th
Call 903-291-2000 for dates and times

Longview ISD & Hallsville ISD – No school board elections this year.

You may not have children in the local school districts; however, they are the future of this country. It is important that we as citizens vote for the best representation for our school districts.  AND… Board Members are responsible for school bond elections…which when passed raises your property taxes.

PTISD School Board Elections

Newcomers battle for Pine Tree school board spot

A Longview Regional Medical Center director and a First Baptist Church pastor are vying for a seat on the Pine Tree ISD board of trustees.

On May 10, Pine Tree taxpayers will choose between Amy Brown, director of risk management and facility compliance officer for Longview Regional Medical Center, and David English, executive pastor for First Baptist Church, for Place 6 on the school board.

Trustee Craig Meek, who occupies the seat, is not seeking re-election. Meek took office in 2011 when he replaced Gil Gillam.

Amy Brown

Brown, a 1994 graduate of Longview High School, has been active in the community. Her involvement includes the Junior League of Longview, Leadership Longview and the Greater Longview United Way Campaign.

“I have always been involved in my community,” she said. “My parents instilled that in me.”

In 2013, Brown graduated from Pine Tree ISD’s “Community U” program, which provides parents and community members with a firsthand look at how the district operates and educates students.

“I decided I wanted to run for the school board after that,” she said. “I want all of the positive things going on in the district and community to be promoted.”

The mother of two said she feels it is important to be invested in the future of the district.

“My husband, Jeff, and I moved to Pine Tree in 2006 and have been in the district for eight years,” Brown said. “We chose Pine Tree after looking at all of the districts. It has been a wonderful experience for my son, Brooks, and I want to make sure all of the other parents can trust me with the educational future of their children.”

“I do feel like the board needs people who do have young children,” said Brown, whose children are 7 and 4.

Brown believes her work in the hospital has prepared her to take on the role

“I deal with highly sensitive issues every day so I think I have the ability and background to do a good job,” she said. “I am an open-minded person, and I don’t have an agenda coming in.”

Brown said she has spoken at Pine Tree ISD booster meetings and met with campus principals to get feedback on what the important issues are facing the district.

David English

English, a district member since 2004, said his experience managing First Baptist Church of Longview’s annual $3.45 million budget makes him an attractive candidate for the board.

His wife, Cindy, graduated from Pine Tree High School in 1985; his daughter, Gretchen, is a sophomore at the high school.

“My primary responsibilities are to supervise most of the personnel, finances, mission efforts, building and grounds, and the weekday school called the Wee Learn Center,” English said. “I have never developed a budget that was not in the black, and I am always looking for ways to be better stewards of dollars so that the emphasis can be placed on the direct focus of the organization.”

He said he did not originally anticipate running for election on the board until Meek decided he was vacating the position.

Helping to highlight the district’s strong academics and student attendance are a focus of his, English said.

As a liaison for his church, English said he enjoys seeing the community come together to help others.

“One of the great thrills has been to work in the area of missions, particularly local missions, and see our members make an impact on this community in so many ways,” he said. “I have had the privilege to work with outside groups who were interested in using our facilities, such as Bible Study Fellowship, both Rotary Clubs in Longview, and others. I am blessed with a wonderful staff who permit me to get much more credit than I deserve.”

 

GREGG COUNTY VOTING INFORMATION

New Voter ID Required for Voters

VOTING PRECINCT MAP

  REPUBLICAN SAMPLE BALLOT FOR VOTING PRECINCTS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 2/17/2014
  REPUBLICAN SAMPLE BALLOT FOR VOTING PRECINCTS 8, 9, 10, 11 2/17/2014
  REPUBLICAN SAMPLE BALLOT FOR VOTING PRECINCTS 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 2/17/2014
  REPUBLICAN SAMPLE BALLOT FOR VOTING PRECINCTS 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 2/17/2014

 

Gregg County Early Voting Locations

EARLY VOTING FOR THE

MARCH 4, 2014 PRIMARY ELECTIONS

GREGG COUNTY COURTHOUSE

101 E. METHVIN, ROOM 108

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18 – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21 = 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 22 = 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23 = 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24 – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28 = 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

GREGGTON COMMUNITY CENTER

3211 W. MARSHALL, LONGVIEW

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18 – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21 = 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 22 = 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24 – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28 = 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

KILGORE COMMUNITY CENTER

622 KAY STREET, KILGORE

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18 – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21 = 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 22 = 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24 – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28 = 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

BROUGHTON RECREATION CENTER

801 S. MARTIN LUTHER KING BLVD., LONGVIEW

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18 – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21 = 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 22 = 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24 – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28 = 8:00 am – 6:00 pm