GCC bond election meeting held Thursday

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

SHERMAN -- It’s been just under two weeks since the Grayson County College bond issue. After a recount, county commissioners say they were flooded with phone calls from residents. They decided to hold a special meeting to give citizens a chance to voice their concerns about the election process.

A standing-room only crowd met in at the Grayson County Courthouse today to discuss the college bond election process.

Each speaker addressed the confusion many voters faced when trying to find the appropriate voting place and called for change.

Initially, Judge Drue Bynum suggested tabling the resolution the commissioners prepared, but the court ended up approving it.

The resolution asks the college board of trustees to consider a re-vote.

It also calls for an inter-local agreement between cities and counties to consolidate elections minimizing polling confusion in the future.

"There were a lot of things that everyone in the room agreed on. There was a really healthy debate and it's a really good dialogue for the two groups to have," said Shelle Cassell of Grayson County College.

Mark Washburn of Whitesboro added, "I’m glad they had this meeting so the people can air their concerns. The college people were there so answer some questions, and now they can work together to fix things."

Grayson County College president Alan Scheibmeir spoke today and said the majority of voters approved the bond so the college plans to move forward with their plans.

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