ELLIS COUNTY

The deadline to file for office is quickly approaching, as applications are being accepted throughout the county for leadership positions on school boards and city councils.

In these positions, members help to shape the future of communities through decisions that range from staffing, infrastructure improvements, quality of life projects, and changes in laws.

Ferris ISD Superintendent James Hartman stated everyone benefits from the leadership and willingness of residents to serve in any capacity on a board or a council.

“I think our public system, whether it be the school district or the City of Ferris, in either case, relies upon the public service of citizens who are willing to give up their time to the betterment of all,” Hartman said. “We are very blessed in Ferris ISD to have school board members that do just that. We appreciate their service and appreciate folks that may be interested in considering making application and running for a position on the board.”

Hartman shared that each person on the board provides a unique perspective that is shaped by their own life experiences, which helps in the decision making process.

“We don’t want to get into a mentality of groupthink where every single person has the same set of experiences and the exact same background. That really narrows our focus,” Hartman noted. “From my perspective, historically, I think having some board members that have some diversity and a little bit of variety of experience is really a blessing because it allows us to view our situations and our opportunities through a different lens.”

Waxahachie ISD Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn shared Hartman's thought about the vital role that residents play in developing the future.

"Public service plays a vital role in the growth of a community. We are grateful for those that have served, are serving, and will serve Waxahachie in the future," Glenn said. "Specifically, our board of trustees plays a significant role in the development of policy and creating a vision for our schools. They serve as positive ambassadors for our entire district."

The Republican and Democratic primary elections are set for March 6.

According to the Ellis County Elections website, the Texas primary elections are conducted by the major political parties to determine nominees for a given elective office in advance of the general election.

In Texas, the primaries are open, which means that a vote does not have to be a registered party member to participate. A candidate with more than 50 percent of the vote wins the primary. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent, the top two go to a runoff election that is set for May 22.

The city council and school board elections are set for May 5. The general election is set for Nov. 6.

The Elections Office website states during the constitutional and joint election on Nov. 7, 2017, exactly 7,272 of 102,934 registered voters cast a ballot. During the Nov. 8, 2016 general election, 65,385 of the 102,217 registered voters in the county cast a ballot during the presidential election.

During the constitutional and joint election on Nov. 3, 2015, only 9,152 of 94,382 of registered voters participated.