By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–For the first time in eight years, the nation voted the same way as Texas with Republicans winning the White House and a majority in Congress. Donald Trump won Texas’s 38 electoral votes with 52 percent of the popular vote to Hillary Clinton’s 43 percent.
Because the race between the two candidates was predicted to have an opposite outcome, the concession call from Hillary was delayed until it became crystal clear what the outcome would be. Excerpts from Trump’s victory speech accompany this article.
It was the first time in history, that a true outsider had won the presidency.
In Henderson County 80.49 percent of voters selected a straight Republican ballot, while 18.63 percent selected Democrats. Kaufman County had similar results with nearly 73 percent voting straight Republican and 25 percent choosing Democrat candidates.
Jeb Hensarling returns to Congress to represent Texas District 5.
John Wray will continue to represent District 10 in the State House.
Wayne Christian (R) becomes the next Railroad Commissioner.
On the local scene in Henderson County:
• Charles “Chuck” McHam will serve as Precinct 3 County Commissioner with more than 81 percent of the vote
• Kay Langford will serve as Precinct 1 Constable with 63.5 percent of the vote.
• ESD 11 will be created with 77 percent of voters favoring the action
• Caney City voters agreed to issue a $199,000 bond to build and equip a fire station
• Crossroads ISD voters selected Shelly Robertson (505), William “Russell” Giles Jr. (472), Darren Himes (465) and Kevin Hazelip (399) to sit on the school board.
• Malakoff ISD voters selected Peggy Dewberry (1,004), Duana Busch (800) and Michael Kent Monroe (794) to sit on the school board.
In Kaufman County:
• Terry Barber will serve as Precinct 3 County Commissioner with nearly 63 percent of the vote.
• Town of Scurry, Andy Sloan (135) and Linda McWhorter (84) will serve as Alderman.
• The Wills Point ISD Proposition 1 passed with 54 percent of the vote.
Posted by : November 10, 2016| On :
By Pearl Cantrell
Posted by : November 10, 2016| On :
Monitor Staff Reports
NEW YORK–In the wee hours of the morning, Donald Trump mounted the podium at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan to make his victory speech at having won the general election for President of the United States. His venue, chosen for its ability to accommodate a large crowd, was situated just two blocks from the Javits Convention Center, where Clinton supporters rallied.
He announced that Hillary Clinton had called to congratulate him and all his supporters for their victory. And Trump acknowledged her long, and hard-fought campaign.
“We owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country,” he said. He also embraced all his supporters by recognizing that the victory belonged “to all of us.”
“As I’ve said from the beginning, ours was not a campaign but rather an incredible and great movement, made up of millions of hard-working men and women who love their country and want a better, brighter future for themselves and for their family.
“It is a movement comprised of Americans from all races, religions, backgrounds, and beliefs, who want and expect our government to serve the people — and serve the people it will.
“Working together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream. I’ve spent my entire life in business, looking at the untapped potential in projects and in people all over the world. That is now what I want to do for our country. Tremendous potential. I’ve gotten to know our country so well. Tremendous potential. It is going to be a beautiful thing. Every single American will have the opportunity to realize his or her fullest potential.
“The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.
“We have a great economic plan. We will double our growth and have the strongest economy anywhere in the world. At the same time, we will get along with all other nations willing to get along with us. We will be. We will have great relationships. We expect to have great, great relationships.
“No dream is too big, no challenge is too great. Nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach.
“America will no longer settle for anything less than the best. We must reclaim our country’s destiny and dream big and bold and daring. We have to do that. We’re going to dream of things for our country, and beautiful things and successful things once again.
“I want to tell the world community that while we will always put America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone, with everyone. All people and all other nations.
“We will seek common ground, not hostility; partnership, not conflict.”
Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin was the first world leader to congratulate Trump on his win, saying “Russia is ready to restore a full-fledged relationship with the United States.”
Posted by : October 21, 2016| On :
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Early voting begins Monday, Oct. 24 and runs through Friday, Nov. 4 for the General Election to choose a president. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Running on the Republican ticket is Donald J. Trump/Mike Pence and the Democratic ticket is Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine. Also running are Libertarians Gary Johnson/William Weld and Green Party candidates Jill Stein/Ajamu Baraka.
United States Representative, Dist. 5 comes down to Republican Jeb Hensarling and Libertarian Ken Ashby.
No candidates from Kaufman County are on the ballot. However, there are two for Henderson County, including Kay Langford (R) and Daryl K. Graham (D) contending for Precinct 3 Constable. Also candidates for Precinct 3 Commissioner are Aleciah Joyce Sims (D) and Charles “Chuck” McHam (R).
The City of Coffee voters are choosing between John Graham and Pam Drost for Mayor.
Caney City has a bond election for $191,000 for structing and equipping a fire station.
Also on the ballot for some voters in Precincts 1 and 4 is The Henderson County Emergency Services District 11 special election proposition to confirm the creation of the Henderson County Emergency Services District 11 and the levy by the District of a tax not to exceed the rate allowed by the Section 48-e of the Texas Constitution.
School boards are also holding elections. In Brownsboro three seats are available with contenders Sean Ray, Cody Seale, Michele P. Rinehart and Steve Sanders.
Locally, Malakoff ISD Board of Trustees candidates are Peggy Dewberry, Stephen Burkhalter, Duana Busch, Michael Kent Monroe and Jerry Spiva. Voters may choose up to three of the candidates.
Crossroads ISD Board of Trustee candidates are Shelly Robertson, Darren Himes, William “Russell” Giles, Jr., Dustin Cook, Kevin Hazelip and Shane Stanfield. Voters may choose three candidates
State Board of Education, District 9 candidates are Keven M. Ellis (R), Democrat Amanda M. Rudolph and Libertarian Anastasia Wilford.
Other statewide races include Railroad Commissioner candidates Wayne Christian (R), Grady Yarbrough (D), Mark Miller (L) and Green Party candidate Martina Salinas.
There are several Justices of the Supreme Court elections. In the running for Place 3, are Debra Lehrmann (R), Mike Westergren (D), Kathie Glass (L), and Rodolfo Rivera Munoz (G). Place 5 candidates are Paul Green (R), Dori Contreras Garza (D), Tom Oxford (L) and Charles Waterbury (G). For Place 9, the candidates are Eva Guzman (R), Savannah Robinson (D), Don Fulton (L) and Jim Chisholm (G).
Court of Criminal Appeals Judge, Place 2 candidates are Mary Lou Keel (R), Lawrence “Larry” Meyers (D), Mark Ash (L) and Adam King Blackwell Reposa (G). Place 5 candidates are Scott Walker (R), Betsy Johnson (D), William Bryan Strange III (L) and Judith Sanders-Castro (G). Place 6 candidates are Michael E. Keasler (R), Robert Burns (D) and Mark W. Bennett (L).
See page 2A for polling locations.