A handful of local school districts are hoping to fund improvements with bond issues up for vote in this weeks local election. Also up for grabs is a state senate seat, to be decided in a run-off election.

Voting begins Thursday at 8 am at election board offices across the area. Offices will be open until 6p, and will have the same hours for voters on Friday. Saturday residents in effected areas can vote at the election board offices from 9 am to 2 pm.

Republicans in District 31 will go to the poles to decide on their parties candidate for the state senate seat. The district covers Frederick and parts of Lawton (south of Ft. Sill) and Duncan (west of Hwy 81) as well as regions to the Texas State Line east of Hwy 44. Toni Hasenback of Elgin and Chris Kidd of Addington will meet in the run-off election.

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Voters in the Elgin school district will be deciding on a $45.58 million school bond proposal, the largest ever proposed by the school district. If passed, the bond will fund a large variety of improvements within the district, including new classrooms and safe rooms, a new STEM classroom and an upgrade to the district's fine arts center's multipurpose room. A second multipurpose room would be built with a portion of the bond's funds. Another addition to the district would be a new agriculture technology center, as well as new air conditioning for the high school's gymnasium and the addition of a field house at Elgin High.

Flower Mound schools has a proposed $6 million bond on the ballot, which would allow the expansion of classroom space and the provision of hardened structures that would provide safe rooms for students, staff and the community. Also included in the Flower Mound proposal is construction of a 14,500 square foot facility to be used for early childhood development. 65% voter approval is needed to pass the bond issue.

Hobart and Rush Springs residents will be ask to fund a proposed $4.595 million dollar bond to be used for the construction of a new 30,000 square foot gym, as well as various other improvements to the elementary, middle and high schools. These improvements will be identified in an "as needed" basis. 60% of the local vote will be needed to pass the bond issue.

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Voters in Fletcher will decide on a franchise deal between the town and Public Service Co. of Oklahoma, regarding the supplying of the areas electrical needs. In a simple yes or no vote, residents will decide on the issue, which includes a 2% franchise fee to be paid to the Town of Fletcher. The franchise give the town a discount rate on public lighting and allows PSO access to alleyways and streets as needed.

There will be a special election in Harmon county to decided the Democratic nominee for the District 3 commissioners seat. Marty Tipton and Larry Cox will face off to decide who will take on Republican nominee Chad Robinson in November to fill a 2-year seat which became vacant in April, when former commissioner James Steagall passed away.

And Jackson County Democrats will go to the polls to decide their nominee for the unexpired term in District 3's commissioner seat. David Renfro and Buddy Dehtan square off to decide who will face Republican nominee Rhet Johnson in November.

For more information, or for Election Board locations, log onto the state election website.

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