Election Day is almost here, which means only one thing: We still have a year of an increasingly angry race for the presidency.
Thankfully, our local races don't generate the heated language and the grand promises of the presidential race, but they still are critical to the future of our community.
In College Station, voters face only one contested race for city council, in Place 2, between incumbent Councilman Jerome Rektorik and former Councilman John Crompton. No race in either city has generated as much interest as this one.
Bryan has three contested races for places on its city council, including a three-way race for mayor with first-time candidates Robert Rose and Patrick Giammalva seeking to unseat Mayor Andrew Nelson. In Single Member District 1, Councilman Reuben Marin is being challenged by Sedrick Gilbert. Single Member District 2 Councilman Prentiss Madison is being challenged by former Councilman Rafael Peña, who lost his seat to Madison three years ago.
All Bryan voters may cast ballots in the mayoral race, but only residents of Single Member District 1 may vote in that race and residents of Single Member District 2 are the only ones allowed to vote in that race. In College Station, all voters may cast ballots in all the contested and uncontested races.
Neither Bryan nor College Station school districts had any contested races, so both districts cancelled their elections.
All Texas voters face 10 proposed amendments to our state Constitution.
College Station voters also will vote on two propositions for Municipal Utility District No. 1, which covers the former Texas World Speedway site that is being converted into a residential and commercial development. Proposition A would allow the developed to issue $235.6 million in bonds to pay for water, sanitary sewer and drainage and storm sewer systems within the development. Proposition B would allow the developer to issues $104,06 million in bonds to pay for streets within the development.
The M.U.D. debt would be repaid through property taxes and user fees of people living in the new neighborhood.
The Eagle did not make a recommendation for either M.U.D. issue.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and any registered Brazos County voter may cast a ballot at any of the county polling places.
Here is a recap of The Eagle's recommendations in Tuesday's elections in ballot order. Our recommendations are but one source of information voters should consider when going to the polls. Other sources of information could include news stories, campaign ads and mailings, and discussions with family, friends and coworkers.
College Station City Council
John L. Crompton vs. Councilman Jerome Rektorik -- The Eagle recommends a vote for Councilman Jerome Rektorik.
Bryan City Council
Robert Rose vs. Patrick Giammalva vs. Mayor Andrew Nelson -- The Eagle recommends a vote for Mayor Andrew Nelson.
Single Member District 1
Councilman Reuben Marin vs. Sedrick Gilbert -- The Eagle recommends a vote for Councilman Reuben Marin.
Single Member District 2
Rafael Dario Peña III vs. Councilman Prentiss Madison -- The Eagle recommends a vote for Councilman Prentiss Madison.
Proposition 1, Municipal Judges -- The Eagle recommends a vote of yes on Proposition 1
Proposition 2, Water Development Bonds -- The Eagle recommends a vote of yes on Proposition 2
Proposition 3, Disaster Tax Exemption -- The Eagle recommends a vote of yes on Proposition 3
Proposition 4, Income Tax -- A vote against this amendment would not create or lead to a personal income tax. It simply would require a super majority vote in both houses of the Legislature, rather then the current simple majority, to send any proposed income tax to the voters. The Eagle recommends a vote of no on Proposition 4
Proposition 5, Texas Parks and Wildlife and Texas Historical Commission -- The Eagle recommends a vote of yes on Proposition 5
Proposition 6, Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas -- The Eagle recommends a vote of yes on Proposition 6
Proposition 7, Available School Fund Distributions -- The Eagle recommends a vote of yes on Proposition 7
Proposition 8, Flood Infrastructure Fund creation -- The Eagle recommends a vote of yes on Proposition 8
Proposition 9, Precious Metal Tax Exemption -- The Eagle recommends a vote of yes on Proposition 9
Proposition 10, Law Enforcement Animals -- The Eagle recommends a vote of yes on Proposition 10