Election results: Red Oak ISD, Ferris ISD bonds fail

dfwnewsa | November 9, 2022 | 0 | Midlothian , Waxahachie News

Chris Roark, croark@cherryroad.com

Voters rejected Red Oak ISD’s $94 million bond proposal Tuesday that would have funded a new middle school.

With all precincts reported, 58.8 percent of voters (6,565 voters) went against the proposition.

Plans called for a 180,000-square-foot middle school on the west side of the district that would house approximately 1,200 students in grades six through eight. District officials said it would provide relief for the existing middle school that is over capacity with 1,600 students. If approved the facility would have been located on land located between 422 and 498 Westmoreland Road in Ovilla.

Supporters for the bond said the new school is needed to address overcrowding at the existing middle school. Those in opposition questioned the bond during times of inflation and coming off a pandemic.

ROISD officials said the bond would not have led to an increase in debt service taxes.

Also Tuesday, voters rejected three bond propositions in Ferris ISD totaling $23.5 million.

Proposition A ($11 million) would have funded classroom expansion at Longino Elementary, classroom expansion and renovation at Ferris Junior High, improvements to existing security vestibules at two campuses, automated building access control at all campuses and expanded or enhanced camera systems. Voters rejected it with 51.8 percent (1,337 votes in favor and 1,242 against).

Proposition B ($8 million) would have funded an addition to better accommodate the Ferris High School early college program called P-Tech. The measure failed with 53.9 percent of the votes (1,387 to 1,186 votes).

Proposition C ($4.5 million) would have funded renovations to the baseball and softball complex, including new turf, expanded bleachers and safety netting. The proposition failed with 64.7 percent of the votes (1,660 to 906 votes).

The city of Milford failed to pass a proposition to adopt a sales and use tax of 2 percent. Seventy percent of the voters rejected the proposition (149 to 64 votes).

The city of Ennis passed its proposition to reauthorize its sales and use tax with 73.7 percent of the votes (3,005 to 1,073 votes).

Individual races

Among the Ellis County races was the battle for mayor of Glenn Heights. Sonja Brown won the election with 1,959 votes between Ellis and Dallas counties. She defeated Shaunte Allen, Tony Bradley and Leon Tate. Stephanne Hale defeated Machanta Newson for Place 4 on the Glenn Heights City Council.

At the county level Republican Dan Cox defeated Democrat Sharon Levingston in the race for Ellis County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3. Cox secured 63.9 percent of the votes (8,404) to Levingston’s 36.1 percent (4,743).

In Precinct 4 Republican Louis Ponder defeated Democrat Robert Shelton with 68 percent (16,519 to 7,791 votes).

At the state level Republican Gov. Greg Abbott won re-election by defeating Democrat Beto O’Rourke, Libertarian Mark Tippetts and Green Candidate Delilah Barrios.

Republican Dan Patrick beat Democrat Mike Collier and Libertarian Shanna Steele in the race for lieutenant governor. Republican Ken Paxton beat Democrat Rochelle Garza and Libertarian Mark Ash in the race for attorney general.

Locally, Republican Bob Hall (72.7 percent, 16,228 votes) defeated Democrat Prince Giadolor (27.4 percent, 6,109 votes) in the race for state senator, District 2.

In District 22, Republican Brian Birdwell (77.3 percent, 30,170) defeated Libertarian Jeremy Schroppel (22.7 percent, 8,860).

For full Ellis County results go to co.ellis.tx.us. For state results go to results.texas-election.com.

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