New school board trustees among choices voters facing

By Joshua Baethge
For the Anna-Melissa Tribune

Anna and Melissa residents both have the opportunity to choose new school board trustees.  In Melissa, Jason Granger is seeking another term as the Place 3 Trustee.  He’s been on the school board since 2015.  Challengers Rachel Taylor and Kent Norwood are hoping to replace him.

In the Place 4 Contest Russel Cox who has also served sine 2015, faces a challenge from Jennifer Grace.  Place 5 incumbent Omar Landrum, who’s been on the board since 2017, is competing against Quinton Thomason

Melissa voters will also decide the fate the district’s $400,000 bond package.

Anna voters get to decide if Anna ISD Place 2 Trustee Jason Adams get another term.  He’s been on the board for nine years and faces challenges from both Jourdan Henley and Diane Hopewell.  

Place 6 Trustee Paul “Monty” Williams is running unopposed for another term.

In addition to the school board contest, Anna voters will get to decide if Nate Pike return for a second full term as mayor.  He is being challenged by Glen Johnson.

Anna Place 1 city councilman Kevin Toten is also seeking a second term.  Challengers Jimmy Onkangi, Anthony Richardson and Bryan Heath are all looking to unseat him.

Local voters will also get the chance to weigh-on the fate of three Collin County Community College Trustee seats. Board Chair Robert Collins is squaring-off against Misty Irby for the Place 8 seat.  Place 7 trustee Jim Orr, who serves as the board secretary, is facing a challenge from Helen Chang. Andrew Hardin, the current vice chair, faces Jacoby Stewart in the Place 9 race.  Contest winners will serve on the board for six years.

Voters may cast their ballots at any Collin County polling location.  They include voting centers at Melissa City Hall and the Anna ISD board conference room.  Early voting ended April 27.   Polls are open on election day May 1 from 7 a.m.- 7 p.m.