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Early voting underway at Henrietta, Petrolia and Byers


Early voting in school and municipal election began Monday and continues through May 8. Only the cities of Henrietta and Petrolia, and the Petrolia and Byers school districts will hold elections.

Henrietta and Bellevue ISD trustees up for reelection are unopposed and the elections were canceled. City council member for the City of Bellevue also drew no opponents. Because Midway ISD is not located within a municipality, it cannot hold school board elections until the general election in November.

This year, voters in the Byers and Petrolia school district will decide if the two school consolidate. Both school boards have voted in favor of a local consolidation agreement, which has been posted for public review.

No matter the outcome, Byers ISD will not be open next year.

Voters in the Byers school district can cast their ballots early at Byers City Hall from 8 a.m.-noon, Monday-Friday until May 8. Saturday, May 12, the polling location moves to the Byers Community Center.

One Petrolia ISD trustee has drawn two opponents this year. David Jetton of Petrolia and Harvey Freeman of Dean are running against incumbent Christy Ridinger.

Petrolia Mayor Cindy Armour has drawn opposition from Bill Holmberg.

Early voting for Petrolia city and school elections continues through May 8 at the Petrolia City Hall. Petrolia voters can vote at City Hall May 12, while polls for Petrolia ISD will be open at Dean City Hall and the Charlie Community Center.

City of Henrietta Alderman Mike Scott faces John Yeager for the Ward 2 seat, while Alderman Robert Lavy is unopposed. Scott was appointed to fill Ward 2 last year after Rob Robinson was elected mayor.

Residents of Henrietta can vote early at city hall from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday through May 8.

All polling places are open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 12.


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