Early voting kicks off today in Denton County.
Numerous races fill area ballots, giving people the opportunity to shape the development of their cities by voting on everything from city and school district leaders to propositions.
“I am hoping the turnout is going to be good,” said Denton County Elections Administrator Frank Phillips. “A lot of those propositions can have an effect on your daily life.”
In Denton, three of the city’s four council seats are contested.
Although Kevin Roden, the incumbent in District 1, drew no opponent in his bid for a second term, incumbents Dalton Gregory and Jim Engelbrecht — running for their third and final terms in District 2 and District 3, respectively — do face opposition.
Alfredo F. Sanchez and Travis Trawick are challenging Gregory, although Trawick has stopped actively campaigning. Engelbrecht also has two challengers — Brendan Carroll and Griffen Rice.
Joey Hawkins and Phil Kregel have squared off to replace Chris Watts in District 4.
In addition, the city has a proposition on the ballot seeking voter approval on whether the city can establish a natural gas utility in the industrial park on Denton's west side.
Three seats on the Denton school board are on the ballot, and two are contested.
School board president Mia Price is facing off against Donna Woodfork, who ran for the Denton mayor's seat last year, in Place 4.
In Place 5, first-time candidate Prudence Sanchez is challenging incumbent Charles Stafford.
Place 3 incumbent Glenna Harris is running unopposed.
Early voting concludes May 7.
BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875 and via Twitter at @BjlewisDRC.