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Democratic Runoff: Valdez Carries Gaines County; Wins Texas’ Nomination for Governor

May 23, 2018

Just 29 Gaines County residents cast ballots in Tuesday’s 2018 Democratic Party Primary runoff election — reflecting a 0.33-percent voter turnout — in an election which featured no local contested races.

In the lone ballot decision, former Dallas County Sheriff, Lupe Valdez, easily defeated Houston businessman Andrew White by a 22-to-7 voting margin, which amounted to a 75.86-percent victory.…

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May 5 Election Results Become Official for Seminole Hospital District

May 18, 2018

In a brief, two-minute meeting Thursday afternoon, the election results from the May 5 uniform municipal election process for the Seminole Hospital District became official.

In a 4-0 vote, Seminole Hospital District Directors adopted the revised May 5 election totals, which saw challengers Sam Kantar, Lee Stone and Chad McGehee emerge as the top-three vote recipients out of an eight candidate field for three available at-large seats upon the seven-member municipal board.…

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Meet the Candidates — Seminole ISD At-Large Trustee

April 20, 2018

Trey Duncan
Age: 43
Number of years as Seminole resident: 32 years
Education (High School/College/Other): Graduate of Seminole High School and Texas Tech University with a Bachelors of Business and Accounting
Profession: President of Permian Basin Abstract Co.
Spouse (Name, Years Married): Jinnifer Duncan, 21 years
Children/Grandchildren (Names/Ages): Makayla Duncan (19); Mallorie Duncan (17), Macey Duncan (15), Maggie Duncan (12)
Past/Present Civic Activities (Lion’s Club, Rotary Club, Kiwanis, Etc.): Lions Club member, President of Seminole Youth Basketball Association for the past 6 years; Deacon of the 5th Street church of Christ.…

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Meet the Candidates: City of Seminole — Mayor

April 20, 2018

John Belcher
Age: 51
Number of years as Seminole resident: 3 1/2 years
Education (High School/College/Other): Midland Christian High School, 1984; Abilene Christian University, 1990.
Profession: Senior Vice President, First United Bank, Seminole
Spouse (Name, Years Married): Kristi Belcher, 24 years
Children/Grandchildren (Names/Ages): Libby 20, Ranz 7, Reese 7.
Past/Present Civic Activities (Lion’s Club, Rotary Club, Kiwanis, Etc.): Lions Club International (Clyde, Seminole), Seminole Education Foundation, Seminole Economic Development Corp.…

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Meet the Candidates: Seminole Hospital District At-Large Trustees

April 20, 2018

Jay Youngblood
Age: 42
Number of years as Seminole resident: 3 1/2 years
Education (High School/College/Other): Belton High School, Texas A&M University (Bachelor’s), Texas Tech University (Masters), Louisiana State University (Graduate Degree in Banking)
Profession: Banking, Commercial State Bank
Spouse (Name, Years Married): Shauna Youngblood, 18 years
Children/Grandchildren (Names/Ages): Landry 15, Nick 13, Owen 8.…

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Election Recap: 26-Percent of Gaines County Voters Participated in March 6 Primaries

March 12, 2018

Just over 26-percent of Gaines County’s eligible registered voters made their way to the election polls last week, according to a review of election results by the Seminole Sentinel this week.

In total, 2,266 Gaines County residents had cast ballots in last Tuesday’s Democratic/Republican party primary elections, with just under 96-percent of those voters — or 2,169 Gaines County residents, voting on the Republican Party ticket.…

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Smith to Seek SH 83 Seat as Independent

March 12, 2018

A Littlefield native and 2017 graduate of Texas Tech University is looking to gather the necessary 500 signatures to place her name as an independent candidate upon the November 6 general election ballot as a candidate for Texas’ House District 83 seat.

In doing so, Lubbock resident Brittney Smith will have to gather those signatures by a June 22 deadline from other independents or registered voters within the 83rd District who did not participate in last week’s Democratic or Republican party primaries.…

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Voting Pace Picks Up, Yet Turnout Remains Low for March Primaries

February 27, 2018

The voter pace ahead of next Tuesday’s Democratic/Republican party primary election process picked up over the last two days of early voting, according to a Tuesday morning polling by the Seminole Sentinel.

Through 5 p.m. on Monday, 613 Gaines County residents had cast their ballots early in the March 6 Democratic/Republican Party election process.…

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Arrington Selected to Serve on Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform

February 26, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan selected Lubbock Congressman Jodey Arrington (TX-19) as one of only four House Republican members – and the only freshman member – to serve on the newly formed Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform. This bipartisan, bicameral committee was established in the recently passed Bipartisan Budget Act.…

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Belcher Announces Bid for Seminole Mayor’s Post

January 19, 2018

A Seminole businessman has formally announced his intention to seek the office of Mayor for the City of Seminole, subject to the May 5 municipal election process.

John Belcher, 51, made his announcement through a press release submitted to the Seminole Sentinel on Thursday.

City of Seminole officials confirmed on Friday Belcher had filed for the Mayor’s position earlier this week.…

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